WOONSOCKET â€” The School Committee Wednesday offered the keys to the Woonsocket Education Department to the Rhode Island Department of Education, saying the city simply doesnâ€™t have the money to comply with all the mandates heaped upon it by the state.
â€śYou come in and take care of your unfunded mandates,â€ť Committeeman Chris Roberts said. â€śYou have created all the laws we have to comply with.â€ť
The School Committee will send a letter to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist saying it canâ€™t operate with available funds and still comply with the minimum Basic Education Plan.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday night to ask the state of Rhode Island to take control of the cityâ€™s cash-strapped public education system.
The School Committee will send a letter to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist saying it canâ€™t operate with available funds and still comply with the state-mandated Basic Education Plan.
â€śOur fiduciary responsibility is to both educate Woonsocketâ€™s approximately six thousand youths while also operating with a balanced budget,â€ť the letter says. â€śThis simply cannot be done.â€ť