Friday, May 13, 2011

Perhaps What Works in Harlem Won't Work in Suburban Rhode Island

The Valley Breeze:

CUMBERLAND – Passionate and persuasive, parents of B.F. Norton students prevailed at Thursday night's School Committee meeting.

On a motion by John Gibbons, members voted 4 to 3 to cease exploration of a proposal to lease the top floor to the Blackstone Valley Prep's middle school for one year. ...

The B.F. Norton vote followed a couple of hours of testimony by parents and Principal Paula Mahoney that focused on the school's inability to accommodate the charter school's short-term needs without harming their own educational programming.

There was plenty of resentment, too, over the idea of making room for a school that also serves Central Falls, Pawtucket and Lincoln students.

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