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Brady reflects on time in Providence

July 7, 2011

Tom Brady steps down from the helm of the Capitol City’s public school system at the end of next week. Mayor Angel Taveras has been calling attention to the poor performance of many Providence students on standardized state tests. But Brady defends his record, saying he instituted several important systemic reforms.

In an interview, Brady highlights changes that  include standardizing classrooms across the district and new curricula designed to match Rhode Island standards for English, Math and Science. Brady says he believes the district is on the right path toward improvement

“I don’t think anyone is satisfied with the pace of reform,” Brady says. “But you have to measure that impatience with systemic approaches rather than dramatic overnight changes that sometimes don’t last.”

A  full interview with Superintendent Tom Brady is available here. He steps down on July 15th after three years with the Providence Public Schools and says he plans to start an education consulting business. Brady will be succeeded by an interim schools chief, former Portsmouth Superintendent Susan Lusi.

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