- Bill would require R.I. Auditor General to assess fiscal impact of charter school growth
- > 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
- At R.I. State House, Trump proposal overshadows rally for school choice
- > 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
- Protest at Classical High over Providence charter school expansion
- 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
- > 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
- Providence Charter School Group Gets Expansion Approval From State Education Council
- > 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
- Achievement First charter school gets OK to more than triple enrollment
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- > 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
- > 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
- > 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
- > 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
- Emotions run high in Providence over charter school expansion
- > Dec 7, 6:35 AM: Achievement First supporters faced off against their most vehement critics Tuesday in the last public forum before the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education decides on the charter school's future in Providence.
- R.I. commissioner approves full expansion of Achievement charter
- Dec 5, 6:56 AM: State education Commissioner Ken Wagner strongly endorsed an application by Achievement First charter school to more than triple its current enrollment to 3,112 students by 2026-2027.
- Tough love and high marks at a Providence charter
- > Dec 5, 5:49 AM: The school day begins early at Iluminar, an Achievement First charter school. At 7:15 a.m., the doors open and children stream though the doors of the former Perry Middle School, a sprawling edifice long marked by
- Providence mayor want Achievement First to offset cost of expansion
- > Nov 21, 5:58 AM: Mayor Jorge Elorza won't approve a major expansion of Achievement First until the charter school promises to raise the money needed to offset the cost of moving more than 2,000 students from the school district to the
- Providence could lose $29M in charter school expansion
- > Nov 18, 6:18 AM: The Providence public schools would suffer a net loss of $28.5 million to $29.5 million if Achievement First grows to more than 3,000 students, according to an analysis performed by the city's internal auditor.
- Will defeat of charter school expansion in Mass. reverberate to R.I.?
- Nov 11, 6:43 AM: Massachusetts voters on Tuesday resoundingly defeated a ballot question calling for a major expansion of charter schools, an outcome that some observers say will reverberate nationally.
- New charter school breaks ground in Providence
- Nov 10, 8:31 AM: Melissa Shunn-Mitchell, chairperson of the governing board for CCID, said as an educator she has put her whole heart into the new charter school.
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