U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the
following statement on the Central Falls agreement.
"On behalf of the Obama administration, I salute the
administrators, union leadership and teachers in Central Falls and Rhode
Island for working through what has been a very difficult period and
coming to agreement on a plan to improve their school. Turning around a
high school is very tough work that asks more of everyone -- students,
parents, staff, administrators and the community. It is clear from this
agreement that everyone is willing to give more in terms of time,
training and tutoring. It provides for more engagement among students
and teachers, more support and collaboration among the staff, more
meaningful evaluation for teachers, and a greater voice for teachers in
managing the school and driving reform. Now the hard work begins, but
we can look forward to a day soon when the students in Central Falls
High School will be getting an education that truly prepares them for
college and a career."