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NEARI releases poll sharply criticizing Gist

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

A new survey commissioned by NEARI and conducted by Fleming and Associates indicates that a majority of Rhode Island teachers are unhappy with the performance of education commissioner Deborah Gist.

"For too long Commissioner Gist has spoken of her support among classroom teachers. We decided to put that notion to an independent test. This survey found that she is not supported by classroom teachers. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that her leadership is almost universally rejected," said Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals President Frank Flynn.

The finding indicated that 82% of teachers feel less respected today than they did when Gist took the position and 68% of teachers said morale was poor under Gist, 22% said it was fair. Overall 88% said they found morale in Rhode Island schools to be unacceptable.

Of the 402 teachers polled 63% said Gist's communication with teachers was poor, 27% said it was fair. *% ranked it excellent or good.

72% of teachers say that they do not believe the NECAP test should be a graduation requirement.

85% of respondents said that Gist's contract should not be renewed in June.

The poll conducted between April 22 and April 24 was conducted by telephone and had a margin of error of approximately 5%.

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