Monday, January 31, 2011

Elections Have Consequences

Jennifer Jordan for the ProJo:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Robert G. Flanders Jr., who has served as chairman of the state Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education since 2007 and played a key role in hiring Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, will be stepping down shortly to take a new job as receiver of Central Falls, according to a news release issued by Governor Chafee's office.

Flanders' departure signals a sea change for the state's chief education policy-setting board, which has supported a slate of aggressive reforms by Gist. ...

It is unclear when a new chairperson and new board members will be appointed, but announcements could come later this week, Chafee spokesman Michael Trainor said Monday.

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