Meeting held to discuss education reform in Rhode Island

The state took over the struggling Providence public school district last month.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of educators, policymakers, parents and students are meeting to discuss ways to improve public education in Rhode Island.

The nonprofit Rhode Island Foundation says that a long-term education planning committee it convened is sharing its suggestions Saturday, after studying public education for the past year.

About 300 people were expected to gather at the Rhode Island Convention Center to discuss education reform, using strategies developed by the 26-member committee.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara and state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green plan to go to the convention center Saturday afternoon to hear about the results of the discussion.

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The state took over the struggling Providence public school district last month. An independent report released in June found the district beleaguered with low test scores, crumbling infrastructure and widespread dysfunction.