By Associated Press Writer
updated 5/25/2010 7:54:48 PM ET 2010-05-25T23:54:48

A Rhode Island school board has approved an agreement to allow teachers who were fired from a troubled high school to keep their jobs after all.

The 5-1 decision Tuesday evening by the Central Falls school district board of trustees ended a turbulent chapter that drew national attention to the impoverished city. The February decision to fire every high school teacher drew praise from President Barack Obama, who cited it as an example of accountability.

The teachers' union and administration last week agreed to a deal that requires teachers to work a longer day and tutor students.

Union president Jane Sessums said the board's approval of the deal provides some closure.

Karen Feldman of the youth advocacy group Young Voices said she hopes the episode has sparked a renewed commitment to students.

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