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RI education chief urges charter closure

June 19, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island's education commissioner is recommending the closure of a Providence charter high school, citing low math scores and leadership problems.

Commissioner Deborah Gist (gihst) is urging members of the board of regents not to renew the Academy for Career Exploration's charter when it expires after the 2012-2013 school year.

The recommendation is contained in materials issued in advance of the board's Thursday meeting.

Gist says the school has consistently failed to educate students in math and that its administrative and board leadership hasn't provided adequate oversight. She says the school's curriculum is incomplete, with no formal review process.

The school serves about 225 students.

School CEO Lawrence DeSalvatore Jr. says he's disappointed with the recommendation and has a plan in place to improve math achievement.

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