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R.I. legislators consider proposal to require virtual education on snow days
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May 25, 6:04 AM: A bill that passed the Senate’s committee on education Wednesday would allow schools across the state to submit by Dec. 1 a plan for virtual education during inclement weather or emergencies. The plan must be approved by the >
Reps state case for charter bill before House committee
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May 22, 7:01 AM: As public school districts around the state chafe under tight budgets, administrators have increasingly put charter schools within their crosshairs. State law requires public school districts to pay for tuitions of residents who >
Reps submit bill requiring charters to appoint public board member
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May 8, 5:59 AM: Now, H 6145, which was scheduled to be heard before the House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare on Wednesday evening, would place one publicly-elected member from a school district which sends students who comprise over >
RI Charter Public Schools Receive More Than 15,000 Applications - A New Record
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May 4, 6:21 AM: Rhode Island charter public schools received a total of 15,430 applications for the 1,770 open sets available for the 2017-18 school year. The number represents an increase of 5.5% over the previous record of 14,628 set last >
Pearson’s plan would cap charter tuitions
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Mar 30, 6:47 AM: Sen. Ryan Pearson is seeking support for legislation that would cap Cumberland’s tuition payments to charter schools at a consistent $1.6 million per year, an amount that would save $2.2 million in this upcoming school >
A meeting of minds on charters vs. public schools
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Mar 13, 5:40 AM: Duncan-Andrade was the keynote speaker at the day-long conference at Rhode Island College, which aims to bridge the divide between public and charter school teachers. The Learning Community runs the Teaching Studio, a training >
State looks into Woonsocket charter school lottery omission
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Mar 8, 7:33 AM: The R.I. Department of Education is investigating why a mayoral charter school held a second admissions lottery after the school inadvertently left an applicant off the first lottery spreadsheet.
Bill would require R.I. Auditor General to assess fiscal impact of charter school growth
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Feb 3, 7:49 AM: Proposed legislation would require the state auditor general to analyze the fiscal impact of any new charter school or new charter expansion and submit those findings to the General Assembly and the Council for Elementary and >
At R.I. State House, Trump proposal overshadows rally for school choice
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Jan 27, 5:52 AM: Thursday's annual School Choice rally at the State House, which brought together dozens of private and religious schools, carried some additional weight this year due to President Donald Trump's pitch to dedicate $20 billion in >
Protest at Classical High over Providence charter school expansion
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Jan 20, 6:17 AM: Dozens of parents, teachers and students gathered next to Classical High School Thursday to protest the expansion of the Achievement First charter school.
On short notice, a new downtown home for R.I. charter school
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Jan 11, 7:05 AM: DeRobbio reached out to the city and the Catholic Diocese of Providence but no space was available. Then she saw a "for rent" sign for the first two floors of the former Roger Williams University building on Washington Street >
Providence Charter School Group Gets Expansion Approval From State Education Council
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Dec 22, 7:42 AM: The State Council on Elementary and Post-Secondary Education voted Tuesday to allow a major proposed expansion of the charter school system, Achievement First, in Providence. The Connecticut-based organization could potentially grow >
Achievement First charter school gets OK to more than triple enrollment
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Dec 21, 5:59 AM: Despite widespread opposition, Achievement First charter school on Tuesday received approval to more than triple its enrollment from the Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education.
3 R.I. charters object to state’s opposition to expansion
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Dec 19, 7:59 AM: With all of the furor over Achievement First, scant attention has been paid to the Rhode Island Department of Education's recommendations denying the expansion of three charter schools.
In wake of charter debate, schools chief cites improvements in Providence schools
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Dec 16, 7:21 AM: The city's schools superintendent on Thursday tried to address what he regards as "unnecessary and harmful rhetoric" stemming from the debate over charter school expansion in the city.
Conflicting enrollment data clouds Providence debate over charter school expansion, funding
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Dec 15, 8:43 AM: State education Commissioner Ken Wagner says the impact of Achievement First's proposed expansion will be at least partially offset by a surge in enrollment in the Providence district schools.
Providence lawmakers urge Elorza to oppose Achievement First expansion plan
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Dec 15, 8:26 AM: Twelve members of the General Assembly, and two incoming lawmakers who represent Providence residents, have sent a letter to Mayor Jorge Elorza urging him to oppose the expansion of Achievement First to more than 3,000 >
R.I. Ed. Commissioner Wagner defends his support of charter school’s expansion
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Dec 14, 7:48 AM: State education Commissioner Ken Wagner defended his recommendation in favor of Achievement First's expansion by saying he is under no obligation to consider the impact on Providence's public schools.
Education: Pro-Achievement First study is challenged
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Dec 9, 7:48 AM: Three analysts are challenging a study commissioned by the state Department of Education that says students who attend the Achievement First charter school wind up earning much more money than their district peers.
State Education Commissioner Wagner On His Support For Charter School Expansion
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Dec 9, 6:37 AM: The state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to vote on the proposal later this month. Education Commissioner Ken Wagner supports the plan, and he explained why in a conversation with Rhode Island Public >

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