Board of Education to vote on charter school

PROVIDENCE, RI – The State Board of Education will vote this week on whether to allow a new charter school focused on nursing careers to open in Rhode Island.

The board will discuss but is not scheduled to vote on another proposal to open a charter school known as a mayoral academy in Cranston.

That plan has been controversial with some teachers and parents, who say Cranston has made cuts to public school programs in recent years, and they would rather see state money go toward restoring those programs than opening new schools.

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has said she believes the application by Achievement First will ultimately win approval, in part because the group already runs several highly rated charter schools in Connecticut.

The Board that oversees elementary and secondary schools meets this Thursday in Providence.

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