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Fired Teachers Marching at SOS

FIRED tee shirts told a dramatic story of the teacher bashing policies of the Obama administration. George and Annie Mclaughlin taught at Central Falls High School in Central Falls, Rhode Island, until they were fired along with every teacher in the school in February 2010. President Obama praised the firing, although he didn't know any of the teachers or the students, as part of Obama's Secretary of Education's turnaround policy. Some of the teachers were eventually brought back after a national outcry (the Mclaughins found positions in another district), but the damage by Obama and Duncan had been done, with Central Falls High School gaining a national reputation as a failing school according to officials in the U.S. government. Although there was no national outcry because of the fired teachers of Chicago, there have been continual community protests throughout the city for the thousands of Chicago public school teachers (most of them black) who lost their jobs due to the more than 50 schools closed or consolidated or subjected to turnaround under the leadership of Arne Duncan. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.


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