700 People Apply for Jobs Left Open by Central Falls Firings

Making national headlines a few months ago, the Central Falls High School teacher firings back in the news, as the school department is now going forward with filling the jobs. ABC6 Reporter Tom Langford has more…

 

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) – Nearly all the teachers and other staff members who lost their jobs in the mass firing at Central Falls High School have reapplied.

But they are facing intense competition.

Superintendent Frances Gallo tells The Providence Journal that more than 700 people have applied to work at the school, and she expects that number to grow.

Gallo said 87 teachers, guidance counselors, librarians and other staff have applied to keep their positions. One teacher decided to retire.

Gallo drew national attention in February when she fired the entire staff effective at the end of the school year. She said it was the best way to turn around the underperforming school.

Under federal guidelines, only half of the former teachers can be rehired.

The teachers' union has sued in federal court to block the firings.

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