By ELISABETH HARRISON
Providence, RI – Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has asked federal officials for flexibility in the state's $75 million Race to the Top program. The application called for a significant increase in the number of charter schools. Chafee spokesman Mike Trainor says the governor is not convinced that is the right plan.
"Governor Chafee believes strongly that before there's any further expansion of charter schools that we use the existing 15 charter schools as a base to do some comprehensive evaluative study of their effectiveness," Trainor says. "Are they producing the results that they're supposed to?"
He says Chafee has had two conversations with federal education secretary Arne Duncan about giving Rhode Island flexibility on the charter school portion of Race to the Top. Trainor says the governor has not yet gotten a response from federal officials.