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NEW: RI Superior Court Judge Denies Injunction Against RISE Prep Mayoral Academy

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


RISE Prep Mayoral Academy

Rhode Island superior court Judge Michael Silverstein ruled on Tuesday that a preliminary injunction against RISE Prep Mayoral Academy has been denied.

In issuing the ruling, the Court found that the city and towns had failed to meet the criteria for the issuance of an injunction. The court noted the that city and towns did not carry their burden of establishing that they were reasonably likely to succeed in proving there was merit in their list of alleged defects in the approval of the RISE Prep charter.

For example, the court was not satisfied that the city and towns could prove their claim that RIDE was required to consider the financial impact on districts when approving a mayoral academy charter school.

“The stress of this litigation has been difficult on our families and scholars who have remained unwavering in their commitment to RISE Prep. Our school is and will always be about giving scholars and families a quality, college preparatory choice for their public education. Today, we are grateful that choice was protected. We couldn’t be more thrilled to start our scholars on their educational journey next week,” said Rosalind Murphy, Head of School.

The court also found that there was no inconsistency between the charter and bylaws of the Town of North Smithfield and the role of Paulette Hamilton as Chairperson of RISE Prep's board of  directors.

“The ruling this morning validates what I have always believed; that children should come first. It’s not always easy to stay the  course but when it’s the right thing to do, it’s imperative to keep the goal in sight. I was certain that the court would agree that I had not violated the Town Charter. I’ll be very proud to shake the hands of our incoming scholars," said N. Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton.

The towns can continue the suit for a permanent injunction if they choose.

Kindergartners will start school at RISE Prep Mayoral Academy next week.

RISE Prep Mayoral Academy

RISE Prep Mayoral Academy is a tuition-free, public mayoral academy that is open to students in Woonsocket, North Smithfield, and Burrillville. RISE Prep will open in August 2015 with kindergarten students, growing one grade each year until reaching a full K-8 school model.

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