The Northern Rhode Island “Democrats For School Choice” Ride Again!
A year ago it was North Providence interim-Mayor John Sisto who was the honorary chair of the movement to allow relatives of Rhode Island pols to attend the public school of their choice, free of charge. This election cycle, according to a Gerry Goldstein report in this week’s Valley Breeze, it looks like Smithfield Town Council President Stephen Archambault will be leading the charge…
With the campaign barely under way as both parties were readying to file their endorsed slates, the Republicans issued a press release Tuesday, June 24, saying that an investigation has revealed that “two nephews and one niece of Town Council President Archambault have been illicitly attending school in Smithfield for the last eight years”….My reaction to this news item is the same as my reaction to the original Sisto item: if Councilman Archambault thinks it’s a good idea for the relatives of town councilmen to be able to choose the public schools their children attend, shouldn’t they be in favor of extending that right to every family in Rhode Island? If school choice is good for the families of our pols, wouldn’t it be good for the families of regular citizens too?
Archambault said it has always been his understanding that while the students involved did indeed have partial residence in another town, they live the majority of their time in Smithfield.
He said he recalls that the children’s mother, his sister, explained the situation to the School Department eight years ago and that any complications seemed to be resolved….
He confirmed that the School Department investigated after receiving an e-mail tip, and that the evidence gathered indicated a student or students “may not be living in Smithfield.”