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Gist to Woonsocket Schools: We'll think about it

June 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee Wednesday offered the keys to the Woonsocket Education Department to the Rhode Island Department of Education, saying the city simply doesn’t have the money to comply with all the mandates heaped upon it by the state.
“You come in and take care of your unfunded mandates,” Committeeman Chris Roberts said. “You have created all the laws we have to comply with.”
The School Committee will send a letter to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist saying it can’t operate with available funds and still comply with the minimum Basic Education Plan.

School Department seeks state takeover

June 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday night to ask the state of Rhode Island to take control of the city’s cash-strapped public education system.
The School Committee will send a letter to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist saying it can’t operate with available funds and still comply with the state-mandated Basic Education Plan.
“Our fiduciary responsibility is to both educate Woonsocket’s approximately six thousand youths while also operating with a balanced budget,” the letter says. “This simply cannot be done.”

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