To the Editor:
I am very concerned about the possible opening of a “mayoral academy” in Warwick. It appears our mayor wants to control education in the city. This is troublesome for many reasons, however the most obvious one should be the fact that the Warwick Public Schools is trying to consolidate and eliminate one or more secondary schools. If the public school system is having difficulty filling the existing buildings, why do we need more schools? We don’t need a private company opening charter schools in our city. We need to support our existing public schools. We need to band together as was done in Cranston to prevent this dismantling of public education.
The proposed mayoral academy will draw funding from the educational programs that our students depend on (academic, extra curricular, music, drama, etc.). It will reduce school budget allocations and siphon money from our public schools. Each student that is sent to this school will reduce our public school budget by approximately $15,000. That means if 100 students go to this school, there will be a $1.5 million reduction in spending.
Please, please, please do your research. There is too much at stake to be cavalier in this process. The kids of Warwick depend on us.
Dr. Joel Gluck