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Providence schools, union promote charter schools

September 13, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Providence schools superintendent and president of the teachers' union are promoting district-operated charter schools that would give principals greater say over education without sacrificing union protection for teachers.

The Providence Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/yXauJR) that every school is being asked to become a district-operated charter school.

More than half of the schools are identified as chronically low-performing and charter school status would allow schools to seek federal money and use greater flexibility over policies including the length of the school day to how the school day is divided.

Superintendent Susan Lusi says she will not impose charter status on schools that are unwilling. State law prohibits it. To become a charter, 65 percent of the school's teachers must vote yes and a majority of parents have to do the same.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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