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Gist: “deeply concerned” on Providence schools “leadership gap”

March 29, 2011

State Education Commission Deborah Gist has weighed in with her reaction to the resignation of Thomas Brady:

Superintendent Tom Brady has been a powerful force for change in the Providence Public Schools, and he has been a true partner in our work toward transforming education in Rhode Island. Under his leadership, the Providence Public Schools have taken major steps toward developing a uniform curriculum across the district, reforming the lowest-achieving schools, and building productive partnerships between management and the teachers union. With the announcement about his departure and with the departure of his deputy, Sharon Contreras, I am deeply concerned about a leadership gap in the Providence Schools and I will offer my assistance to Mayor Taveras and the School Board to help ensure that the Providence Schools continue on the path toward greatness. I wish Superintendent Brady and Sharon Contreras well as they move on to the next stage in their careers.

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