Sharing her plan to improve the city's public education program with parents, Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi said Wednesday she's working to improve school attendance and graduation rates, and drop the chronic absenteeism and dropout rate.
"We had a five-year strategic plan, but we realized over the summer that five years is a long time. So it's really important to say, ‘What are we going to accomplish in the next 18 to 24 months,'" Lusi said.
Lusi shared her vision at a forum at Knight Memorial Library.
"We've seen slow growth in achievement so the good news is it's improved. But the bad news is it hasn't improved fast enough," she said.
One woman shared a story about her school safety concerns.
She said she was able to walk through an open door at Hope High School. She said no one stopped her and no one asked her for identification.
Lusi said she's glad people are asking questions and said that was the purpose for the forums.
"I'm sharing it with parents and the community to get their reaction and more importantly, their involvement," she said.
Lusi said there are three more forums and welcomes anyone who has questions or concerns to attend.
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