Public to address two new Providence charter schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – Supporters and opponents will have a chance to weigh in before the State Board of Education on a proposal to start two new mayoral academies in Providence. Supporters of the plan say parents in low income neighborhoods need better options than what Providence schools currently provide. But Providence parent and community organizer Matt Gabor says the city should focus on fixing the existing school system.

"You're talking about potentially impacting 900 students?" asks Gabor. "And that will have a negative impact on potentially 22-thousand students in the rest of the public school system. So it's just - you know, it doesn't work."

The charter manager Achievement First submitted the proposal after losing a similar bid to open schools in Cranston. The first of two public hearings on the proposal begins Wednesday at 6 pm at Providence's Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School.

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