McKee, Infante-Green respond to teachers union’s tweet about Providence schools demolition

Providence Public Schools building. (WLNE)

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee and Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green responded to the news that two Providence schools would be demolished next year.

The news was shared on Twitter by the Providence Teachers Union over the weekend, who exposed the plan, ahead of any announcement coming from the Providence Public School District or Department of Education.

Infante-Green said Tuesday morning that, “I think it doesn’t allow us to have the conversations with the parents and the teachers and everyone that needs to have the information before it goes out publicly.”

The President of the Providence Teachers Union said they stand by the tweet they put out because they need answers, and are excluded from those important conversations too often.

Infante-Green indicated the schools being considered for demolition would be elementary schools, but did not confirm anything at this point.

“When you talk about students, that’s who you have to put first, the students and the staff, and this was not professional,” Infante-Green said.

“You reap what you sow, if you put it out there to put kids first then lets put kids first,” Maribeth Calabro, the President of the Providence Teachers Union said.

ABC 6 News also asked McKee about the tweet and he said he hadn’t seen it, adding, “As far as the Providence school issues I think that, what I’ve been told is that there’s schools that are going to be replaced with newer schools and parents should really be pretty excited about that.”

The Department of Education said they will meet with parents Tuesday night, behind closed doors, in the schools that have been in conversation.

According to Infante-Green, all information about the demolitions will be public by Wednesday.

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