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Charter school proposed

April 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A former Revere, Mass., educator has filed an application with the Rhode Island Department of Education to establish a regional mayoral academy that would serve students from Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Burrillville.
Rosalind Murphy filed the application for the school in partnership with Rhode Island Mayoral Academies, an organization co-founded by Michael Magee, the current CEO, and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee in 2008 to provide technical support and other assistance to mayoral academies.
Where the school would be located is still an open question, but Magee says that that reigning regulations for regional mayoral academies dictate that they must be easily accessible to the population they serve. Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who would serve as the board chairperson of the proposed school, said that if RIDE approves the application she expects Murphy to look for a site in the city.
“It’s a good thing,” said Baldelli-Hunt. “My understanding is that a charter school was coming to the city one way or the other. I think it’s better for the mayor to be part of the process.”
Though a spokesperson, North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton said she supports the proposed mayoral academy and has joined its board of directors. But she says that at this preliminary stage of the application process, officials have not yet begun considering a possible site for the school in town.
--Read the rest of the story in Friday's newspaper.

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