Flanders supports expansion of mayoral academies
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.