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Providence schools report leaves community in disarray

June 28, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A scathing report on the state of Providence’s public schools has left the community devastated, but not surprised.

The Providence Journal reports that Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy visited the schools and observed, interviewed and concluded that most students are not learning at or near their grade level.

Ryan Connole, a dean of students at DelSesto Middle School, told Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green at a forum Thursday that the recently released report is “almost exactly the same” as one released in 1993.

The commissioner responded that everyone is responsible for the problem, not just teachers and administrators.

The report is also expected to have a negative impact on job recruitment after it detailed the poor quality of student instruction and violence in schools.

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