Some are calling the firing of the city's 1,296 public school teachers a "back-door" Wisconsin.
Ninety-three Central Falls teachers and school professionals got their jobs back in a hard-fought agreement this month, but what it really means will not be known for a while.
As top union leaders met yesterday, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, criticized the Obama administration for backing mass teacher firings in Rhode Island.
The mass firing of nearly 100 teachers and school personnel, backed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, will be seen by many as a slap in the face to teachers, their unions and the entire labor movement.
The school superintendent in Central Falls, R.I., says she will fire all 74 teachers at the town's only high school, after their union refused to accept her demands.