New Charter Middle School Planned for Central Falls
Is Rhode Island’s statewide moratorium on charter schools, currently slated to end at the of the 2007-2008 school year, really going to be allowed to lapse? According to Rochelle Lefebvre of the Pawtucket Times, officials in Central Falls must believe so…
Students may be soon be able to enroll in [Central Falls’] first charter school that, if approved by the General Assembly, could open as soon as September 2008.Hopefully, Central Falls will be able to repeat the experience of Providence, where two of the top three middle schools (out of nine total) are charters.
Angelo Garcia is the director of Channel One, the city’s social service agency, and the Ralph J. Holden Community Center.
He said he has been in communication with the Rhode Island Department of Education recently about the proposed school….
The school, which would be called Segue, would offer seats for about 240 local middle-school-aged children. Charter school advocates suggest a new facility would take the burden off Calcutt Middle School, which now houses nearly 700 students.
On the other hand, I wonder what charter advocates will have to give up to get the legislature to cooperate with their plans? Watch out for the General Assembly demanding that charter-school employees surrender their right to a secret ballot when voting on union issues (a provision quietly slipped into some proposed charter legislation earlier this year) as the price for allowing new charters.