Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This Week in Resistance


PROVIDENCE — Listening to the public outcry over an earlier recommendation to close the popular Highlander Charter School unless it showed dramatic improvement, state education officials Tuesday reversed themselves and recommended the school be granted a three-year extension.

Highlander supporters said after the meeting that they were relieved the original recommendation was abandoned, but were disappointed the K-8 school was not granted the customary five-year extension permitted under state law.

In May, Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist told the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education that she was dissatisfied with the 10-year-old school’s uneven performance and did not feel comfortable reauthorizing Highlander for five years.

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