Taveras Hires Education Adviser
Friday, February 11, 2011
The $93,000-a-year position is a new one, although it uses existing funds, according to David Ortiz a spokesman for the Mayor’s office.
The new position is intended to help promote communication by serving as an intermediary between the community and the Mayor’s office. Taveras stated that Angela brings “deep expertise in both policy and practice and invaluable real world experience working with students and communities who face many of the same challenges we face in Providence.”
In an official statement, Romans said “there is nothing more important than strengthening our schools and creating opportunities for all our young people to succeed,” adding that she is looking forward to making, “Providence public schools the best in the nation.”
Taveras’ announcement comes on the heels of the release of the most recent NECAP scores, in which Providence saw relative improvements. Taveras commended the improved performance, especially at the elementary school level, but stressed the need for continued reform efforts. “While I am encouraged by the results at some schools, we cannot pretend that our city schools are the best they can be. They are not,” Taveras said.
Romans will begin her work on February 25, 2010.
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