The Savannah-Chatham School District has informed the entire staff of Beach High School that they will not be returning to the failing school next year. From the AP via the AJC:
A failing Savannah high school is firing its entire staff in an effort to avoid further sanctions from the state and to make the school eligible for up to $6 million in federal money, officials said Thursday.
The 200 employees at Beach High School — including the principal — will work there through the end of the year but will not be rehired for that school, said Karla Redditte, spokeswoman for the Savannah-Chatham County school district.
The teachers can reapply for their jobs but only half can be rehired under federal education law, she said. Staff can also apply for other jobs in the school district.
While many Republicans (and Democrats) look at No Child Left Behind as a total anathema, I can’t say I remember ever seeing anything like this prior to it.
But, for the record, I still believe schools are best served under local control, with a majority of local funding. Yet I still can’t help but wonder if the locals would care how long the school failed with the existing staff if it weren’t for the lure of $6 Million in additional funds.