Lawyers make bid to halt changes at RI high school

Providence, R.I. – Changes to the schedule at Hope High School run contrary to state regulations and threaten the future of improvements at the school. That's according to attorneys for three current students, who presented evidence yesterday to the state Department of Education in a bid to halt the changes.

At issue are 190 minutes of weekly teacher meetings. Expert witness Paula Evans said surveys show teachers use the time to improve classes and meet with parents.

"The more they can have some kind of contact with the parent, the parent understands these are our expectations, this is homework, this is afterschool, etc., etc," Evans said. "That makes for better education. I mean it's plain and simple."

Providence officials say they want Hope to adopt the same schedule as other high schools in the district. The new schedule would still allow roughly 90 minutes a week for teachers to meet and plan.