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Hope high wants out of failing schools designation

May 9, 2011

Teachers at Hope High School’s information technology academy are asking Providence to appeal their designation as a “persistently low-achieving school.” The classification from state education officials requires school leaders to create a reform plan based on a menu of federal options that include closing the school or selecting a new principal and re-hiring no more than half of the current faculty.

Teachers say Hope Technology has made progress and point to the fact that it met federal performance targets in a recent report from the state Department of Education.

State officials say the school only met those targets under a “safe harbor” provision, which allows schools with low test scores and graduation rates to pass if they make progress towards their goals.

A spokesperson from the state Department of Education says the low-performing school designation is based on data and there is currently to procedure to appeal the designation. The Hope faculty members say if they cannot be removed from the failing schools list, they would opt to merge with the Hope Arts Academy.

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