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RI board to consider plan for 'recovery' school

March 1, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island's Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education will consider a proposal for a "recovery" high school for students who have completed substance abuse treatment.

The school would be operated by the Providence Center, which offers treatment and services for substance abusers and others.

Center officials say that over 90 percent of students returning to regular schools after treatment are offered drugs on their first day back. And over half start using drugs again within three months.

The Providence Center says the recovery school would help students focus on academics and the issues that contributed to their drug use.

If the application is approved, the center could operate the school on a two-year pilot program basis.

The board is expected to vote on the plan Thursday afternoon.

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