State senator joins call for independent investigation into Providence grading accusations
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Rhode Island state senator has joined the call for an independent investigation into grading accusations in Providence schools.
Senate Rules, Government Ethics and Oversight Chairman Lou DiPalma sent a letter to Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and Providence Superintendent Javier Montanez calling for an immediate and independent investigation.
DiPalma said he supports the investigation to ensure that there is no undue influence in the matter.
DiPalma has joined the call after he received a letter earlier in the month from two Providence School Board members raising concerns and making claims that the district inflated graduation numbers.
“I remain disturbed and alarmed by these serious allegations,” wrote DiPalma.
A spokesman for Providence Public Schools acknowledge they were in receipt of the letter and that the investigation is ongoing.