Heroes can and will emerge from the most unsuspecting places and make crucial decisions that can reverberate around the world. Rhode Island superintendent, Frances Gallo, boldly confronted the neglect of Central Falls High School students by pompous teachers and the Central Falls Teachers’ Union. Her challenge boldly illuminates the burden unions and governments jobs have on productivity and the overall quality of products that everyday Americans consume.
Frances Gallo was willing to courageously glare at the shameless monster of one of the worst school districts in the nation – reporting 50% of students failing their classes and less than 50% graduating. She was willing to challenge recklessly negligent teachers who were facilitating the abysmal performance of their students by with shameless apathy. In the end, all they cared about was their fat paychecks every two weeks, with no concern for the dismal results of their students.
The continuing embarrassing situation became a desperate matter for Gallo in the Rhode Island public school system. The shameless teachers and administrators boasted an average salary of $72,000 - $78,000 a year in a town where the average salary was only $22,000.
Thankfully, Frances Gallo became fed up and demanded that student results become a priority for these hypocritical, selfish teachers and demanded six changes that she knew would turn around the unaccountability of that school. These changes included: being subjected to new standards of professional evaluations, adding 25 minutes to the work day, meeting with other professionals weekly for planning sessions, eating lunch with students one day a week, two-week training in the summer and occasionally tutoring – all of which I am shocked were not a priority and demand for these teachers in the first place.
The cold-hearted and self-centered unions showed no compassion or commitment to improve the condition of their students. In fact they rejected and refused to enact any of Gallo's recommendations. This is where Frances Gallo’s conviction and commitment to the well-being of her students took precedent and fired nearly 100 teachers and administrators. Wow, thank you so much for your needed example of boldness!