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Achievement First critics to outline opposition

November 27, 2011
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Opponents of bringing so-called "mayoral academy" charter schools to Providence are set to outline their concerns at a Statehouse event.

Providence City Councilman Bryan Principe (PRIN'-sih-pay) says representatives of neighborhood, parent and union groups will explain their opposition at a Monday morning news conference and deliver a letter to Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee).

Chafee has expressed support for charters in the capital that would be run by the New Haven, Conn.-based Achievement First.

Principe says the charters will drain resources from Providence's struggling public schools and would be less accountable since they would be run by an outside outfit.

Among the groups taking part are the Coalition to Defend Public Education, the West Side Public Education Coalition and Save Our Schools.

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