E-Cubed High School is the highest rated neighborhood high school in the PPSD by over 10 points, the only one rated "Typical," and above Johnston, Pilgrim, Cranston East, Woonsocket, Coventry, West Warwick, Cumberland, Warwick Vets Tolman and Shea. It was started by a cadre of teachers and administrators from Feinstein High school in the middle of the last decade and both schools followed a similar philosophy and design.
As you might have heard somewhere, Feinstein High School was named "persistently low-achieving" by RIDE in 2010 and closed by the PPSD. Here's a comparison of E-Cubed's 2011 scores with Feinstein's 2009 scores:
If Commissioner Gist, RIDE and the PPSD had not made decisions based on flawed metrics and data, and had supported ongoing successful reforms at Feinstein and Hope Arts, there is every reason to think we'd have at least three neighborhood high schools safely out of intervention status in the PPSD instead of 1.
Sorry to be off topic, but I just wanted you to know that your coverage of Thomas Darden's past during the Superintendent search has a new development.
In Philadelphia he recently made a budgetary error of $1 million for charter expansion.:
$139 million: Cost of charter expansion so far
Charter expansions may cost Philadelphia schools $139M
Yeah, I've got that quote waiting in a tab. ;-)
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