09/11/2010

Cortese Meets with Teachers at Central Falls High School

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AFT secretary-treasurer Antonia Cortese visited Central Falls High School in Rhode Island, where a comprehensive, collaborative approach to transforming the schools is under way to improve teaching and student achievement.

Cortese met on Sept. 10 with the Central Falls High School teachers, who were involved earlier this year in a highly publicized contract dispute in which the superintendent chose a "turnaround" model of school reform and fired the entire staff. The Central Falls Teachers Union, the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and the AFT launched a months-long campaign that ultimately was resolved with all teachers being reinstated and the adoption of a collaborative approach to transforming the school using various reforms.

"Figuring out and properly implementing the right solutions with teachers—not affixing blame and pointing fingers—are key to improving teaching and learning in Central Falls High School and in every other public school in America," Cortese said.

On Sept. 11, Cortese was scheduled to join the Pawtucket Teachers' Alliance in neighborhood walks, delivering literature on the union-endorsed candidates. She also was to make brief remarks before the "Pops in the Park" concert, which is sponsored by the local union, noting the importance of art in education and the community. [AFT press release/video by Brett Sherman]

September 11, 2010