WOONSOCKET â€“ The local teachers union has launched an incendiary public campaign attacking the proposed RISE Mayoral Academy as the Rhode Island Department of Education began soliciting public feedback to help determine whether to grant the school a charter.
Jeffrey Partington, president of the 600-member Woonsocket Teachers Guild, says mayoral academies â€ścherry-pickâ€ť the best students, drain resources from public schools and segregate students based on abilities, language and race.
â€śTheyâ€™re not going to service all students in the city like the public school system does,â€ť said Partington.
â€śTheyâ€™re going to siphon off funds from the public school system in a city that needs every dime.â€ť
The union has been making its case in paid newspaper ads, which have appeared in The Call on the eve of a series of public hearing scheduled by the RIDE to gather public input on the proposed RISE school. The second of two public hearings this week takes place tomorrow at the Senior Center, 84 Social St., at 6 p.m., but RIDE will continue accepting written and e-mail comments for or against RISE Mayoral Academy until Aug. 6.
Full story appears on page A1 of Wednesday's Call.