It’s a big day for the Providence schools takeover

The Providence School Department headquarters.
The Providence School Department headquarters.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

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Is there a more exciting way to end the week than with a show-cause hearing on the state’s takeover of Providence schools?


All kidding aside, today will mark a significant step for the intervention process in the capital city, but it doesn’t mean Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green will be handed the keys to 797 Westminster St. starting Monday.

So how will things play out?

We know the commissioner will spend the morning hearing from the R.I. Center for Justice’s Jennifer Wood, who is representing a group of students and parents that want a seat at the table in the takeover. This discussion could take up to four hours, but Infante-Green is expected to issue a ruling today.

As for the show-cause hearing itself, don’t expect too many fireworks. Remember, Mayor Jorge Elorza, the City Council, the Providence School Board and interim Superintendent Frances Gallo all declined to oppose Infante-Green’s plan to take control of the district. (Fun fact: All of the city players are represented by Shechtman Halperin Savage.)

Infante-Green is not expected issue a final order on the takeover today. She is still negotiating different aspects of the plan with city leaders, with one of the key unanswered questions being whether she will support a clear date for when Providence will regain control of the district.


Because there is very little precedent when it comes to Rhode Island exercising its power to reconstitute a school or district, you can expect a few hiccups. But the state is leaning heavily on powerhouse attorney John A. Tarantino to guide it through the process.

If you want to play hooky from work today, all of the action will happen in public at 225 Dyer St. beginning at 9 a.m. The Globe’s Rhode Island office is in that building too. If you find us, we’ll give you a bumper sticker.


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• Congressional and state leaders will gather at the Port of Davisville’s Pier 2 this morning to unveil an economic impact study on the Quonset Business Park. (Spoiler: If the bigwigs are attending, it means there’s good news.)

• On television this weekend: I’m on WLNE’s “In the Arena” with former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino and Commissioner Infante-Green. US Representative David Cicilline is on “Fox News Sunday.”

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