School teachers told: You’re all fired!

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School teachers told: You’re all fired!

Post by deja vu » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:31 pm

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. - The blue-and-white banner exclaiming "anticipation" on the front of Central Falls High School seemed like a cruel joke for an institution so troubled that its leaders decided to fire every teacher by year's end.

No more than half of those instructors would be hired back under a federal option that has enraged the state's powerful teachers union, earned criticism from students and drawn praise from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and some parents. "We all have to go," Hope Evanoff, a French teacher at the high school, told msnbc TV.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35562693/ns ... education/


I don't remember where I read it but someone did a survey on teachers in the US and Canada and found some clearly don't belong in the classroom and should be fired and school boards should provide more help for the teachers that are doing a good job. Stories of abuse at the hands of some teachers are becoming all too common. The other side of the coin is some good teachers may be scared off because of abuse from the students.

Firing all doesn't solve the problem if you don't find out what is causing the problem in the first place, Instead they fired the whole lot. There may be some good ones in the group that should be hired back immediately.
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:00 pm

Managing up in a healthy, proactive way, the authors say, is a four-step process. First, detect the issues in your toxic relationship. Second — “the part nobody likes,” says Elster — accept your boss’s behaviour. Third, depersonalize the experience: remember that whatever unreasonable behaviour your boss is engaging in, it’s not about you. “They did it before you arrived and will do it after you leave,” says Crowley. “If you can really understand that, it takes some of the emotional sting out of it.” Last, come up with a plan to deal with the situation you’re in. For example, if your boss is a yeller, don’t avoid potentially difficult interactions. Instead, learn to detach from these episodes by pretending you’re watching a scene in a bad movie, then respond respectfully when it’s over. Stay focused on your task and move on.
http://www.canadianbusiness.com/managin ... 0025_10025

Something to consider as applicable in each of own work, volunteer, and project team settings. Sometimes, an employee or volunteer has to do research to find material to validate his/her situation and to provide solutions to try out. It is a pity and a corrosive situation to encounter bosses who don't provide leadership in their own emotions in the workplace.
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:10 pm

Danish school teachers are now informed that they keep students' cell phones for an indefinite period of time if the students are caught texting in class, because a law was changed to accommodate what the teachers were unlawfully doing before.


New law allows confiscation of students’ phones
Monday, 12 April 2010 10:40 RC News
Until last week it was illegal for schools to keep a student’s confiscated mobile phone after class had ended. Many teachers can now get relief from students who continually send SMS’s during class as a new law gives them the right to confiscate mobile phones for an indefinite period, reports JydskeVestkysten newspaper.

Until now schools could take away a student’s mobile phone it if was used during teaching hours but it had to be returned to the student at the end of the class.

The issue was brought to the attention of the Education Ministry last year, when a school in Zealand confiscated a student’s mobile phone. After the student’s family filed a complaint over the matter, the national consumer ombudsman ruled that it was not legal for a school to keep a student’s phone indefinitely. http://www.cphpost.dk/news/national/88- ... hones.html

A cellphone service provider would not likely give a student slack on the month billings if the phone is not in the student owner's possession. Basically, the student behaved in a manner contrary to that expected in class per rules and thus has to deal with no phone access while still getting billed. Will the absence of a phone prompt a behaviour change?
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Re: School teachers told: You’re all fired!

Post by burnt fare » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:43 pm

Gadgets are superceding common sense and rules for showing some spaces need no distraction to get learning underway. On the other hand, the cellphone holdback situation showed how education has its rules and then civil laws have their own place in society.
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Re: School teachers told: You’re all fired!

Post by CielOnTap » Tue May 18, 2010 4:40 pm

The Rhode Island teachers are getting rehired:

Going Back to School: Fired Staff Is Rehired
By KATIE ZEZIMA
Published: May 17, 2010
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. —All the staff members of Central Falls High School, who were fired in February as part of a turnaround plan for the chronically underperforming school, will be able to keep their jobs under an agreement ratified Monday.

The accord, which the Central Falls Teachers Union overwhelmingly approved Monday afternoon, resolved months of tension and negotiation between the union and the schools superintendent, Frances Gallo. Among other things, it calls for a longer school day, more in-depth teacher evaluations and mandatory after-school tutoring for each student.

“The agreement provides for supports for students and tools for teachers that teachers will need to help our students succeed,” said Jane Sessums, the president of the union, at a news conference with Dr. Gallo and the schools commissioner, Deborah Gist. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/educa ... tml?ref=us

Well, the rehiring comes with conditions:
Teachers do not need to reapply for their jobs under the plan, but they must attend an interview session with the school’s leadership team, which will decide how to improve each teacher’s performance, Dr. Gallo said.

The union must also drop a lawsuit it filed in connection with the firings. A streamlined collective bargaining agreement will be developed in the next year, and the school day might be extended by as much as an hour.

Teachers will receive $30 an hour for a mandatory 90 minutes of after-school planning time and a $3,000 stipend for the longer school day, which will be paid with a federal grant, Dr. Gallo said.
90 extra minutes of tutoring--there will be a need for busing for the students? What of childcare for teachers and even students?
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Re: School teachers told: You’re all fired!

Post by CielOnTap » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:41 pm

Something seen in a column about teachers and Chinese schooling:
These days, even in backward rural areas, most girls and boys alike attend high school. College isn’t unusual. And the teachers are vastly improved. In my Chinese-American wife’s ancestral village — a poor community in southern China — the peasant children are a grade ahead in math compared with my children at an excellent public school in the New York area. That seems broadly true of math around the country.

For a socialist system that hesitates to fire people, China has also been surprisingly adept — more so than America — at dealing with ineffective teachers. Chinese principals can’t easily dismiss teachers, but they can get extra training for less effective teachers, or if that doesn’t work, push them into other jobs.

“Bad teachers can always be made gym teachers,” a principal in the city of Xian explained to me as she showed me around her kindergarten. In China, school sports and gym just don’t matter.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/opini ... ef=general

Schools do place emphasis on sports days and for some students, athletics made academic drudgery barely tolerable. But the special schools that do train future athletes tend to be run separately from the village and city schools. Also, future athletes tend to get picked out in childhood to develop their potential and perhaps train to represent the country in international competitions.
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Re: School teachers told: You’re all fired!

Post by CielOnTap » Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:33 pm

The ones in Michigan are getting layoff notices before the end of the school year. Due to money issues, expanded powers allows a government work to issue the notices to teachers, in order to deal with a deficit and falling enrollment.
http://www.freep.com/article/20110415/N ... CFRONTPAGE

Would teachers be contemplating back up careers while they wait out the process and see if the notices get rescinded? It is not known how many teachers won't have jobs to return to after the summer break.
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Re: School teachers told: You’re all fired!

Post by pretzels » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:55 pm

Could the teachers get ad jobs promoting the Chrylser 300 that Eminem's doing? Pass the money around the state and help each other out kind of deal.
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