President Obama says Central Falls High School is an example of “accountability.”
In a speech today to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he called for schools to take responsibility when they fail their students. Obama says that’s what happened in Central Falls, where 93 faculty members lost their jobs last week. More than half of those fired can be hired back under federal law.
The president noted that only 7 percent of students there have tested proficient for math. Education Secretary Arne Duncan backed the firings last week.
The focus of today’s address was a proposed $900 million in grants for states and education districts that agree to drastically change or shut down their worst-performing schools. Obama says he plans to help 5,000 of the nation’s lowest-performing schools over the next five years.