"In 2011, newly-elected Providence Mayor Taveras fired all the teachers in Providence — a big, bold decision -- was reversed within days. The action in 2011 drew national attention: " the American Federation of Teachers national President Randi Weingarten called the decision “stunning,” especially given that the union and city “have been working collaboratively on a groundbreaking, nationally recognized school transformation model.” But The News Team seems to believe that firing all the teachers in the district is a “big and bold” idea that is worth a try. The mayor wanted to do it in 2011, but the union got in his way. Who will want to teach in a district where teachers are disposable, like tissues?" And so it goes the war on education in the 15,880 separate school systems, which begins with eliminating the authentic professional."