The clock is ticking for teachers at New Bedford High School. They have two weeks to prove why they should keep their jobs. About half of the teachers won't be returning next year, all part of a plan to turn the school around.
New Bedford High School is in trouble. It was declared a level 4 school, one step away from being taken over by the state. In order to turn the school around, the superintendent came up with a plan to have everyone reapply for their jobs.
Inside New Bedford's monthly school committee meeting, Superintendent Pia Durkin updating committee members about her turnaround plan. Outside the meeting, hundreds of teachers who could potentially lose their jobs, filled the sidewalk, holding candles and staying silent. "Many are staying silent because they are scared they will lose their jobs, " says Pamela Bullard.
Pamela Bullard is a retired teacher. She came out to show support for her colleagues and to be a voice for them.
Superintendent Durkin says the city has three years to show significant improvement in the high school, or it could be taken over by the state. She says her hands are tied.
The teachers have until February 24th to convince the superintendent why they should be rehired.