Kyleen Carpenter is the head of school of Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket. She is a Fulbright scholar and spent time in Finland to understand the country’s way of learning. Carpenter spoke with Providence Business News about her time in Finland and how she plans to apply her knowledge locally. Read more here.
The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools announced that eight charter schools met the state’s completion goal of 70% participation for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form determines a student’s eligibility for financial aid for college or graduate school. Read the full press release here.
The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools’ executive director and CEO of the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College join Dan Yorke to discuss the proposed charter school moratorium. Read more here.
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