Design teams meet for intervention of Providence schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Parents, teachers, students and activists have met for the first time in teams that were appointed to help turnaround Providence schools.

The three Community Design Teams met Thursday night to take on the task of advising the state’s Department of Education through its ongoing intervention in Providence Public Schools, the Providence Journal reported.

The meeting at Providence Career & Technical Academy had the design teams congregate for the first time since the state’s takeover of the city’s schools began Nov. 1.

The state’s involvement followed an independent review last summer that described the capital city’s school district as one of the worst in the country.

“I wanted this to be a safe space for us to debate and have these conversations,” state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green told attendees.

The state Department of Education selected 45 people to be on the design teams, as well as an advisory selection panel made up of stakeholders from different areas of the community.

The teams are dived into three groups, each tasked with focusing on a different aspect of education in the state that could be improved.

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