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Most voters approve of Providence school closures

March 24, 2011

In a new poll from Brown University’s Taubman Center, 78 percent of voters “agree” or “strongly agree” with a proposal to close four to six Providence schools. Mayor Angel Taveras has framed the clsoures as part of an effort to adress a $180 million city deficit over the next two years. The results come as a series of public hearings unfold on the closures, which have drawn emotional testimony from some parents and teachers opposing the plan.

The survey shows less support for the mayor’s decision to fire the entire Providence teaching staff. Just 52 percent of respondents thought that was the right move, about the same percent who approve of Taveras’s performance overall.

When asked who was to blame for the city’s fiscal woes, 80 percent said the city council and 77 percent named former mayor turned Congressman David Cicilline. Seventy-seven percent also thought the economy was a factor.

The poll of 425 registered voters around the state was conducted on March 11-13. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

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