Providence Educators, Families, Community Allies March on Tuesday

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4:30 p.m., April 6, 2021

Maribeth Calabro


Will Call for End of Takeover and for Programs to Bring about Educational Justice

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Hundreds of educators, students, families and other community allies will march Tuesday, April 6, from the Rhode Island Statehouse to the Rhode Island Department of Education, calling for specific programs that would bring real change and educational justice for Providence students. The Providence Teachers Union is sponsoring the march.

“We’ve been out there every day working for our kids and proposing solutions. We’re sick and tired of a broken school leadership and their broken promises to improve Providence schools,” said Providence teacher Lindsay Paiva. “Our students need practical, common-sense programs right now to help them thrive, which we’ve offered but been ignored.”    

At the Statehouse, speakers will urge lawmakers to end the state takeover that has failed students and the community, including by promoting school privatization instead of investing in public school programs and services that will directly help students’ academic progress, health and safety.

“Providence schools need local control, not state control, which had its chance and flunked. It’s a slap in the face to our students when the leadership tunes out our voices and solutions that can be implemented right away and make a huge difference for our diverse student population,” said PTU President Maribeth Calabro.

Before the start of the monthly Council on Elementary and Secondary Education meeting, speakers at the RIDE office building will call for:

  • Investing in multilingual learners, including expanding bilingual programs, reducing multilingual learner class sizes and facilitating more involvement between schools, parents and the community.
  • Creating community schools that have wraparound supports and services for students in need of social, emotional and academic programs.
  • Embracing family engagement, including creating decision-making school councils.
  • Incorporating anti-racist curriculum and professional development.

WHAT: Educators and community march and rally

WHEN: Tuesday, April 6

             4:30 p.m. – Two speakers: In front of the Statehouse steps at 82 Smith St., then march to RIDE, 255 Westminster St., Providence.

              5:05 p.m. – Several educators, parents, students, community allies to speak.

              Many of the participants and others plan to testify soon thereafter during the 5:30 p.m. virtual council meeting.



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