Chafee appoints new board of education
Governor Lincoln Chafee has tapped former House Majority Leader George Caruolo to lead the State Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary schools.
Caruolo is a name familiar to any Rhode Islander whose school district has sued their city or town recently. The Caruolo Act allows school officials to go to court for more funding if they believe they aren’t getting enough to provide all the programs required under state and federal law.
Other new members include former University of Rhode Island President Robert Carothers and Carolina Bernal from the Institute for Labor Studies, a union-backed research group. Chafee also named former Department of Education administrator Mathies Santos. All the appointments must be approved by the State Senate.
Departing the board are former Chairman Robert Flanders, Jr., entrepreneur Angus Davis and Ana Cano-Morales, who chairs the Central Falls School Board. Morales recently took a position with the Rhode Island Campaign for Achievement Now, an education reform advocacy group.
Chafee’s appointments have done nothing to quell rumors that he is seeking an ouster of Rhode Island’s ambitious Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. Chafee has said repeatedly that he plans to keep Gist through the end of her contract, which expires next year.