CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) _ Teachers attending a union forum in Cranston have called for the ouster of Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.
About 600 teachers attended the forum Monday night in Cranston, expressing displeasure over new teacher evaluations, an emphasis on standardized testing and what teachers say is Gist's inflexibility over her policies.
Under a new evaluation policy, any teacher who receives a poor evaluation and receives an ineffective rating for two additional years can be fired. Teachers say the evaluations rely too much on student test scores.
Gist, whose contract expires in June, said in a written statement that while it's important to listen to the teachers' point of view, her decisions are based on what is in the best interest of the students, not a public outcry.