Every year, charter schools siphon more than $100 million from public school districts in Rhode Island, forcing our public schools to make devastating cuts to school resources and programs that our students depend on. Now, Governor Raimondo and the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education are looking to expand charter schools even further, at the expense of the 95% of students who attend public schools.

It’s time to take a stand for ALL students.

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Attend the RI Council on Elementary and Secondary Education meetings on December 20th at 5:30 p.m. in the Paff Auditorium at the URI Campus in Providence, located at 80 Washington Street. 

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Call Governor Raimondo at 401.222.2080 and tell her to stop this charter school expansion. Call the Council On Elementary and Secondary Education at 401.222.8435. Tell them to reject this proposal.

What are educators saying about the negative impact of charter schools?

Tracey Cavanaugh

Rhode Island Public School Teacher

Cheryl Thurber

Rhode Island Public School Teacher

Governor Raimondo and the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education are looking to expand charter schools in Rhode Island. The Council on Elementary and Secondary Education has a meeting planned for December 20th where a vote will be taken.

It is clear that these proposed charter expansions will have a negative fiscal and programmatic impact on Rhode Island’s public school districts and their students.

Here are the facts you need to know about this issue:

95% of students in Rhode Island attend our public schools. Only 5% attend charter schools.

Every year, charter schools siphon more than $100 million from public school districts in Rhode Island, forcing our public schools to make devastating cuts to school resources and programs that our students depend on.

When considering expansion for charter schools, the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education is required to give substantial weight to the fiscal impact on the participating municipalities. Adding millions of dollars of mandated charter tuition payments is not prudent for cities and towns.

The Council is also required to give substantial weight to the programmatic impact on school districts. Adding financial obligations will cause district public schools to cut positions and programs for students. 

One expansion proposal set for a vote will create a parallel school district in Providence. This proposal does not have the support of the mayors of two of the four sending communities. According to the Providence City Auditor, the district will lose about $179 million once the expansion is completed. The education funding formula has not yet been fully implemented and it would be catastrophic to Providence students in district public schools if charter tuition payments balloon.

Another proposal could potentially cause the closure of one of the two elementary schools in Central Falls in the foreseeable future and continue to destabilize the entire school district. Currently, more than one third of Central Falls’ students attend charter schools, and further expansion jeopardizes the ability of the school district to meet the needs of the remaining students.

This entire process is extremely flawed and lacks transparency. This issue is being rammed down the public’s throat, even though it is clear that these proposals will have a severe negative programmatic and fiscal impact on public school districts. Adding millions of dollars of mandated charter tuition payments is not prudent for cities and towns, and adding financial obligations will cause district public schools to cut positions and programs for students. Shockingly, the public was not provided fiscal or programmatic data on these proposals during the public comment period. This is too important of an issue for the Council to vote on without letting the public see how it will affect their own public schools, children, and taxpayers.

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