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9:17 am
Thu December 2, 2010

RI officials meet on oversight of charter schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island school officials meet today on a plan to increase state oversight of public charter schools. State Board of Education Chairman Robert Flanders says the aim is to hold charter schools to a higher standard than regular public schools.

"We want charters to be beacons of reform," Flanders says. "Given that they're freed from some of the restrictions other public schools face, we want charters to be a place where students can go and in essence be in the vanguard of education reform."

If the changes are approved, they will enter a public comment period before being adopted. Charter school officials say they would like to have clearer expectations laid out and that they may want to see some tweaks made to the changes being considered.

Later today, school officials will also considered new graduation requirements for all high school students in Rhode Island.

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