Providence Residents Turn Out to Oppose School Closing Plan

Providence residents turned out at a community meeting held tonight to oppose the city's plan to close four city schools.

Parents and teachers berated city officials at the meeting at the Juanita Sanchez Education Complex, one going to far as to suggest the school board members themselves take a 25% pay cut.

Mayor Angel Taveras told the crowd that he was as upset as they were at the prospect of closing schools – he claimed he's been losing sleep worrying about the city's schoolchildren – but tough decisions are necessary.  He says he's definitely open to better solutions to the city's severe budget problem, if anybody can come up with one.

ABC6 Reporter Erin Logan was at the meeting and has the details from Providence.