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Municipal leaders to press Chafee on mayoral academies

August 15, 2011

Another skirmish in the battle over education reform is set for 10:30 am Tuesday morning, as evidenced by this advisory from Rhode Island Mayoral Academies:

A coalition of municipal leaders and education stakeholders will hold a press conference in the State House tomorrow, outside the Governor’s State Room, to address the future of Mayoral Academies in Rhode Island.  Leaders will address Rhode Island education statistics along with Governor Chafee’s reluctance to support an application currently before the Board of Regents for an Achievement First operated Mayoral Academy serving students from Providence and Cranston.

Municipal leaders speaking at the event will include Mayors Scott Avedisian of Warwick, Allan Fung of Cranston, and Dan McKee of Cumberland.  Others expected to speak include Michael Magee, CEO of Rhode Island Mayoral Academies; Maryellen Butke, executive director of RI-CAN; and Reshma Singh, senior director of expansion for Achievement First.  Other municipal leaders are also expected to attend, including North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton and Westerly Town Manager Steven Hartford.

The Board of Regents is expected to vote on the proposed Achievement First Mayoral Academy at its next meeting scheduled for September 1, 2011.

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