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The Latest: Governor says Providence school system is broken

June 26, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on the release of an independent review of the Providence public school system that found severe dysfunction (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says the findings of an independent review of the Providence public school system are devastating and shed a light on what is clearly a broken system.

Raimondo held a news conference Wednesday with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green.

The scathing 93-page report by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy released Tuesday night concluded that everyone from the school district to the teachers’ union to the state Department of Education is failing the city’s children.

The review found many students don’t take school seriously enough, parents feel left out, and poor teachers are almost impossible to fire. Elorza says it’s a “grim, concerning and accurate picture” of the challenges.

Raimondo says it’ll take years to fix it. She says the first step is a series of community conversations, beginning Wednesday night.

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8:30 a.m.

An independent review of the Providence public school system has found severe dysfunction, including rampant bullying and fighting among students, crumbling facilities and a tangled bureaucracy with no clear lines of authority.

The scathing 93-page report by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy released Tuesday night concluded that everyone from the school district to the teachers’ union to the state Department of Education is failing the city’s children.

The review found that many students don’t take school seriously enough, parents feel left out, and poor teachers are almost impossible to fire.

The review was ordered by Gov. Gina Raimondo and Mayor Jorge Elorza, both Democrats.

New state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green says she knew city schools were poor, but she was surprised by just how bad things are.

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