The Academy for Career Exploration, an organization that serves mostly low-income students, may not have its charter renewed if Deborah Gist has her way.
Gist, the education commissioner of Rhode Island, cited dismal math scores and poor leadership as her reasoning for suggesting that the school be shut down.
Head of the school Lawrence Desalvatore said he was "deeply disappointed." "We have a strategic plan in place that has resulted in consistently high reading and writing scores. While our math program has yet to show the same success, we are confident that this same plan will bring improvement and achievement for our students.
The school opened in 1997 and has 225 students.