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Thu September 27, 2012
Providence residents like city services but not schools
By IAN DONNIS AND SUMMER E. ALLEN
PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras gets high marks from voters in a new Brown University poll. But voters in the capital city are far less satisfied with local schools.
The Brown survey shows Taveras with an approval rating of 60 percent. That's just eight percentage points less than President Obama's 68 percent approval rating.
The poll shows that city residents give high marks to fire and ambulance service, garbage collection, and neighborhood parks. But only a little more than a third of respondents say they're satisfied with Providence's schools.
Taveras says this will not change his approach to solving problems with the schools. "We have a lot of work to do to improve the city and to improve our schools. I have full confidence in Doctor Luci and the work that she's doing. I'm excited about her initiative to have in-district charter schools--working with our parents and our teachers and working with our communities to make that happen."
Eighty six percent of Providence voters are concerned about the city's budget woes. When asked about pension reform, sixty-four percent thought that all affected parties should share the burden of pension reform and a similar percentage support changing to a 401k type of retirement plan for city employees. Voters were divided over other ideas for solving the pension liability.
The findings are based on interviews earlier this month with 425 registered voters in Providence. The survey has a five percentage point margin of error.
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