Providence School Department

Providence has named the head of an education consulting firm to lead its school district, while the school board prepares to launch an official search for a new superintendent.

School board members tapped Chris Maher, president of the firm Mass Insight Education, as interim superintendent on Monday night. District spokeswoman Christina Spaight O'Reilly says Maher is eligible to apply for the permanent post.

Current Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi has announced she will step down after this school year, citing a desire to pursue other professional opportunities.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

As students and teachers prepare to go back to school, Providence has released an update on efforts to improve its troubled schools. 

The report called “On the Move” suggests some promising changes in areas like early reading and getting more kids to graduate. Rhode Island Public Radio Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison gets the details from Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi.

Deep sadness today in the Providence educational community: Anne Burnham and her husband David Burnham, have both died within the past two days. Anne died on June 4 and Dave this morning.

Dave Burnham was the legendary longtime headmaster of the Moses Brown School and the  founding president of the Board of Trustees of Paul Cuffee School  in Providence. As headmaster of Moses Brown from 1978 to 1994, Burnham helped usher co-education back to the college prep school on Providence’s East Side. He also was instrumental in increasing the school’s endowment.

Providence teacher accused of taking teen to FL

Feb 25, 2013

A Providence school teacher accused of taking a teenage boy to Florida will have a lot of time on his hands when he returns to Rhode Island.  56 year old David Jones has been placed on administrative leave while the Providence School Department launches an investigation.  

David Jones may have bailed out of jail over the weekend. The Dade County, Florida  jail, where Jones had been detained on $9,000 bond, said it had no one by that name Sunday morning.