Reading My Tea Leaves About Achievement First

If I had to call it, my call at this point would be that the Board of Regents will vote to approve one, and only one, Achievement First School to start up in Providence.  I have followed this issue closely for the past year, though I am by no means an insider to the process.  I am merely a concerned parent and a somewhat obsessive follower of the corporate-influenced education reform movement and its critics, of which I am one.

But it appears, with the Providence Mayor, the (Providence-Mayor-appointed) School Board, and many Providence legislators on board, this Achievement First thing is headed for a ram-through.  It’s not going to be a big ram-through, and for this I am grateful.  It’s just going to be the first foot onto the slippery slope of the corporate-influenced divvying up of the education money pie.  There will still be one foot on firm ground, so if we want to pull back and cancel this whole thing in a few years with only one Achievement First school opened and closed, that will still be possible.

In the meantime, if you still want to try to influence the vote on this matter by beseeching our Governor to intercede (not sure he could actually do that, other than by trying to influence individual Board of Regents members), you can sign the petition at Change.org.  

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2 responses

  1. It isn’t clear to me that the Regents have the option of modifying the proposal — at least, there is nothing in the statue which indicates that they can. Since this proposal isn’t actually even due for six weeks, they could reject it and we could do all this again in a few months.

    1. Well, that’s good if there has to be more process to modify the proposal. But that’s how it seems to me it will likely go eventually. We have spent so much time and energy as a state considering this possibility. It would be good if it could be put to rest for good at some point.

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