Providence schools turnaround plan made public

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green talks with reporters on a “Zoom” call about a 68-page report detailing “turnaround” plans for Providence’s troubled school system on June 23, 2020.

WPRO News and The Associated Press 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Public School district has released its plan to turn around a system that in an independent report last year was described as one of the nation’s worst.

The 68-page report released Tuesday by state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and new Providence schools Superintendent Harrison Peters calls for ending chronic absenteeism among students, boosting the number of eighth-graders meeting or exceeding expectations for math, and lifting the high school graduation rate to almost 90%.

The plan also calls for more English-as-a-second-language teachers to better serve multilingual learners.

As she discussed the plan with reporters on a “Zoom” call Tuesday morning, Infante-Green revealed the Providence schools plan to accept a building as a gift to open a new, K-8 school on the South Side of Providence, while also planning to shutter some existing schools.