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English teacher Richard Kinslow does not call in sick at Central Falls High School in Central Falls, R.I., but many teachers have done so since being rehired in a second-chance agreement. The entire staff was fired last year in a radical improvement effort. (Associated Press)

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Students stand around outside Central Falls High School at the end of the school day. Just 7 percent of the 840-student school's 11th-graders tested as proficient in math in 2009. (Associated Press)