Districts cite lack of transparency on Achievement First
Achievement First’s application for mayoral academies is certain to be a big story in 2012. The proposal is likely to be a discussion item at the State Board of Regents’ first meeting of the year, scheduled for Thursday. It’s also on the Cranston School Board agenda for today.
Cranston school committee member Andrea Iannazzi says both Achievement First and the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies refused an invitation to present at today’s board meeting. Iannazzi says she would like more information about the new proposal, which calls for two schools serving students from Providence, Cranston, North Providence and Warwick.
“The School Committee felt that Cranston was entitled to a public hearing,” Iannazzi wrote in an email. “Despite the School Committee Chairs, Superintendents, and Union Presidents from Cranston, Warwick, & North Providence requesting hearings in our
towns, our request was turned down by [Regents] Chairman [George] Caroulo.”
The Board of Regents did hold public hearings in Cranston on Achievement First’s initial proposal, which envisioned a total of five schools in Cranston drawing students from Cranston and Providence. That proposal was turned down amid opposition from Cranston teachers, school committee members and some parents.
Like the first proposal, the new plan has avid supporters and opponents, many of whom weighed in during public hearings in Providence. The Board of Regents has not yet scheduled a vote on the issue, but it may review the most recent public testimony this week.