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March 23, 2011


"RIMA is currently awaiting word on whether the state will allow it to open five new regional charter schools in a partnership between the city of Providence and the town of Cranston."

As a resident of Providence, I know nothing about this, or, for that matter, what it even means.

OK, I knew about that one. The four others?

It's one application that's seeking to open five schools.

Well, if that's the case, it is a BIG SECRET. I think they've just got plans for four more. There were only applications for three charters total in RI this year.

Also, as far as I can tell, while the first Achievement First school, aiming to be open next year, would include students from Cranston and Providence, it wasn't actually supported by Providence's former mayor. I don't know what Taveras thinks of it.

But it is weird that a "mayoral academy" doesn't seem to require the active support of the mayors of all the affected cities.

Actually Tom, all mayoral academies have a board chaired by the mayor or town official in teh cities where they draw students.

Tom... We get it: You don't know what you're talking about.

Thanks for pointing out that charter schools don't have to be racially segregated - in fact in many states they can achieve racial and economic integration more easily than regular public schools because they are not limited by local school boundaries. The U.S. Department of Education has even included school diversity as a competitive funding priority in the charter school program. See the National Coalition on School Diversity's advocacy brief on this issue at www.school-diversity.org.

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