Providence school board chair resigns

PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the Providence School Board has resigned from her post.

Kathy Crain has chaired the board since January.

She says she came to the position with high hopes for reforming city schools but has become disillusioned by the slow pace of change.

"I guess I was a bit of a Pollyanna thinking that 9 people who believed strongly in reform could actually change the system," she says. "I think the politics and the power and the money are sadly much stronger than the desire to really change public education for the better for the children."

Crain is just the latest top official to leave the Providence schools.

Superintendent Tom Brady steps down at the end of this week, and the district has also had turnover for its Chief Academic Officer and Chief Financial Officer, among others.

Providence city officials say they have confidence that incoming Superintendent Susan Lusi will minimize any disruption caused by the departures.

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