Education leaders reveal the first changes being made to Providence Schools

By: Ellie Romano

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Education leaders are offering new insight into the changes Providence students will see when they start school in two weeks.

The Providence Public School district has been working with the state to improve the schools after Johns Hopkins released a scathing report on the state of the schools.

The report found Providence Public Schools have among the lowest academic results of any urban school district in the U.S. More than 93 percent of 8th graders can’t do grade level math, for example.

Weeks of classroom visits and interviews with teachers, parents, and students revealed a broken school culture, with ineffective bureaucracy, unsupported teachers, and demoralized parents.

“For us to transform our district, it’s going to take everyone– the entire community coming together,” said Providence mayor Jorge Elorza.

Mayor Elorza and the district’s interim superintendent are cooperating as the state intervenes in the schools.

“I know that people have mixed feelings about the state coming in, but we have failed our kids for over 30 years,” said the state’s commissioner of education

“Families should feel a different environment walking in on the first day of school,” said Infante-Green.

She also said there will be changes to the way the district monitors attendance.

“You’re going to see a new attendance tool,” said Infante-Green. “If you’re not in school you can’t learn.”

The state isn’t officially in charge of Providence Public Schools yet.

Commissioner Infante-Green said it will be several more weeks before the legal process of state intervention is complete.

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