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Teachers call for new oversight of Central Falls High School turnaround

November 29, 2010

A group of teachers from Central Falls High School say a new committee should oversee efforts to revamp the school, which state officials have called one of the lowest performing in Rhode Island.

The teachers say a new administration is struggling and bad feelings remain a problem for teachers, who were nearly fired en masse earlier this year during negotiations over the turnaround plan.

In a letter sent to WRNI, the teachers suggest forming a group that would include Central Falls Transformation Chief Victor Capellan, a representative from the State Department of Education and several teachers, students and parents.

Central Falls school officials say they have not received any request from teachers about a new oversight committee.

At a school board meeting last week, Central Falls Superintendent of Schools Fran Gallo revealed the results of a series of teacher evaluations conducted since school started in September. More than a dozen teachers received low ratings, out of a total of 81 on the school faculty.

 School officials say teachers will be given feedback based on their evaluations, and then be re-evaluated later in the school year. A few initial teacher evaluations have yet to be completed due to scheduling and the fact that some members of the faculty are on long-term medical leave, according to a spokesperson from the Central Falls School Department.

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