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Flanders supports expansion of mayoral academies

September 1, 2011

Former RI Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders gave up his role as chairman of the state Board of Regents after being selected by Governor Chafee last January as the new receiver for Central Falls. With the Regents expected to vote this afternoon on a proposed mayoral academy for Cranston and Providence, Flanders says he supports the concept:

I think the Blackstone Academy has been a terrific example of what charter schools can do, and I’d like to see that concept expand, so that particularly poor kids from urban areas have as good a chance as possible to do well.

We all know that education is a huge driver of business and economic well-being, and if we can have high-performing charter schools like the mayoral academy in the Blackstone Valley replicated in Providence and Cranston, I think that would be a wonderful thing.

During a taping this morning of Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Roundtable, Flanders also described how the loss of power in Central Falls during Hurricane Irene caused a slight delay in the filing of a bankruptcy plan for the city.

Our plan still is to get that in as soon as possible, hopefully next week or shortly thereafter, and we’re well along on a five year plan of recovery.

WPRI-TV’s Ted Nesi, who guested on Roundtable, has more on the latter issue. Roundtable airs Friday am at 5:40 and 7:40 and online.

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  1. September 2, 2011 2:27 pm

    We think Judge Flanders may be confused about the name of the school he is supporting. We represent Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket, RI. We believe that Judge Flanders was supporting Blackstone Valley Prep, a Mayoral Academy in Cumberland, RI. Blackstone Valley Prep was formally named Democracy Prep and changed their name during the last school year. As a result of their name change, there has been quite a bit of confusion with their school and ours.

    Blackstone Academy Charter School is a Pawtucket-based, nine year-old independent public charter school serving 165 high school students from Central Falls and Pawtucket. We are not a Mayoral Academy, but are a non-profit corporation run by a voluntary board of directors. Our school has had an excellent record of success with more than 85% of students being accepted to four year colleges, most of whom are first in their family to attend college. Please learn more about us at

    Carolyn Sheehan and Kyleen Carpenter, co-administrators, Blackstone Academy Charter School

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