RI School District Agrees to Rehire Fired Teachers

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The 87 teachers and administrators who were fired at an under-performing Rhode Island high school will get their jobs back.

The Central Falls school system reached an agreement with the teachers' union on improvement measures for Central Falls High School.

When similar negotiations broke down in February, the district was forced to turn to mass firings.

The school -- which is located in one of Rhode Islands poorest neighborhoods -- was on a mandate from the state to make improvements.

President Barack Obama supported the terminations, saying schools should be held accountable for student performance.

Sec. of Education Arne Duncan warns that as many as 300,000 teachers could be laid off nationwide unless Congress steps in.

He's asking Congress for $23 billion to avoid mass teacher layoffs next year. It's uncertain whether lawmakers will approve the emergency funding.

Some Republicans argue the move would throw more money into taxpayer-funded bailouts.

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