Monday, January 25, 2010

The Philanthropy, It Cuts Both Ways


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein said that he has received a $1 million anonymous donation to keep open a high school bearing his name.

Feinstein said he was disheartened to hear that Feinstein High School, the small, innovative learning facility on Elmwood is one of seven schools that may be closed due to the poor condition of the building and declining enrollments district wide. Supt. Tom Brady has recommended the closings after a consultant reviewed enrollment, student demographics and the state of the city's 44 public school buildings.

If nothing else, this will annoy Tom Brady, and thus it makes me smile a little. And it is nice to know that somebody appreciates the work that has gone into that school, and the ProJo will probably have to run a story about the history and strengths of the school along with its weaknesses. A million dollars can probably give them new science labs, patch fix some of the HVAC and other facilities problems, but ultimately it doesn't go that far. It will give a boost to people who'd like to save the school, and should make for some interesting meetings, particularly if people the the community argue for taking the million dollars, adding some RttT money and becoming a community charter. Whether that's really possible at this point I don't know, but it would be an amusing conversation.

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