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Educator, 25, proposes city-based charter school for region’s students

June 3, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Fresh out of college and teaching history in a public high school in Revere, Mass., Rosalind Murphy could see something in many of her students that they were somehow incapable of seeing in themselves.

Call it potential.

“Some of my students didn’t’ know how capable they actually were and how smart they were or that they actually could make the grade and be the student that goes on to college,” she says. “Although I saw that in them every day, they didn’t see it in themselves.”

It didn’t take Murphy long to realize there was a better way for her to make a difference in the lives of poor inner-city kids than running their classroom. It would be much, much more effective to run a whole school – a kind of school where she had the power to establish the tone and set the achievement bar higher than seemed possible in her sprawling city-sized school district.

Just 25 years old, she is now a fellow in Boston’s prestigious Building Excellent Schools program and the driving force behind the proposed RISE Mayoral Academy, a regional mayoral academy that would serve Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Burrillville. The application for the 729-student, K-Grade 8 school was filed in partnership with the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies and is now pending before the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Full story appears on page A1 of Wednesday's Call.

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