Providence City Council Announces, Then Backtracks Passing of School Closure Resolution

In a surprising turn of events, the Providence City Council’s pledge to demand transparency over public school closures appears to be an empty promise. Despite mounting evidence of corruption and questionable deals, the resolution is likely to be shelved, leaving parents of Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School students in the dark.

July 10, 2023, 11:32 am

By Uprise RI Staff

Last Thursday, likely in response to our release of Maya Chavez’ exposé into the closure of several Providence public schools, the Providence City Council announced that it had passed a resolution calling on the RI Dept. of Education and Providence Public School District to release the minutes of all meetings discussing Providence Public School closures within 48 hours.

Original Press Release Claiming the Resolution Was Passed

Except, this never happened. The City Council updated its press release the following day to reflect that the resolution was simply referred to committee where it is likely to die with no action taken. This means that despite a mountain of evidence demonstrating vast corruption, shady deals, and direct instances of the tail wagging the dog, the City Council is unlikely to take any action to help reveal what led to the systematic closure of Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School at Broad St.

Corrected Press Release the Following Day Shows Referral to Committee