(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island starts the New Year with uncertainty about who is overseeing public education. A state law dissolved the boards of higher education and k-12 public schools as of December 31st, and a new board was supposed to takeover on January 1st.
But Governor Lincoln Chafee has named only the chair of the new board. His pick was attorney and former higher education board member Eva Marie Mancuso.
State lawmakers are expected to consider legislation that would delay the changeover in the boards until February. In the meantime, the State Department of Education says it plans to continue pursuing an agenda for better public schools including tougher teacher evaluations. Any new regulations or charter school applications will have to wait until a board of education is in place.
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