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State of the Nation

This headline brightened up my breakfast:

Unionized Rhode Island Teachers Refuse To Work 25 Minutes More Per Day, So Town Fires All Of Them

Yeee-HAH!

The teachers at the high school make $70,000-$78,000, as compared to a median income in the town of $22,000. This exemplifies a nationwide trend in which public sector workers make far more than their private-sector counterparts (with better benefits).

The town is Central Falls, Rhode Island, pop. 19,000.

School Supt. Frances Gallo notified the state that she was switching to an alternative she was hoping to avoid: firing the entire staff at Central Falls High School. In total, about 100 teachers, administrators and assistants will lose their jobs.

Is there any national-policy angle to the story? No, none at all. Absolutely not. Don’t even think about it. Just keep moving along, please.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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