03/03/2010

Central Falls Superintendent Agrees To Resume Talks

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The AFT is pleased that Central Falls (R.I.) Schools Superintendent Frances Gallo has agreed to go back to the table and work with the Central Falls Teachers Union on implementing a comprehensive education plan focused on giving the students and teachers of Central Falls High School the tools they need to succeed, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

Gallo announced on March 3 that she is willing to resume negotiating with the union after the union released its own proposal to improve the school. (See earlier story.) Gallo said in a statement that she was "pleased to reassure the union their place in the planning process. I do so with the belief that everyone has come to understand the meaning of comprehensive school reform."

Weingarten says that "the dedicated teachers and staff want nothing more than to continue and improve upon the progress they have made. Real, sustainable change will only happen when all stakeholders work together.

"The AFT is committed to supporting Central Falls Teachers Union President Jane Sessums, the students of Central Falls High School and our members, the educators of Central Falls, throughout the negotiations and process of transforming the school."

More information on the Central Falls situation is available here. [AFT press release]

March 3, 2010