Demanding excellence from the public institutions educating Providence

 ProvParents statement on review of Providence Schools 6/10/19

The information-gathering phase in the review of Providence Schools called for by Governor Raimondo and Mayor Elorza wrapped up last week. To help ensure the review team heard as much as possible from parents, ProvParents volunteered time to facilitating listening sessions. We were inspired by the commitment, energy and insight we heard there, as we have been over the past six months. When the report of findings is released later this month, we expect parent concerns will be at the forefront; we are prepared to speak up if they are not.

Unfortunately, parents faced significant obstacles to engaging in the process for gathering feedback. In particular, ProvParents was disappointed at the reliance on on-line surveys and the assumption that parents would come to a handful of centralized events (about which they had very limited notice) instead of reviewers prioritizing going to school and community events to talk to families. When decision-makers move into the next phase of this process these issues in reaching families must be addressed. This will require investment of time and funds as well as more creative thinking about how to connect with families.

Looking ahead we are prepared to work tirelessly to amplify families’ voices and to continue to engage with city and state leaders to develop plans for improving our schools. Making meaningful changes and tackling the challenges we face in Providence’s public schools requires all of us working hard and working together. There can be no just or effective solution without partnership. Our kids deserve it.



We are parents and caregivers demanding excellence from the public institutions teaching the children of Providence, RI.


Our Values


Our Kids, All Kids

We advocate for our children, our neighbors’ children, and all students across Providence.



We reject an educational system that fails children of color and commit to confronting bias in our own work.

Learning First

We believe all children can learn at the highest levels. Their futures depend on their academic achievement. That’s what school is for, and that’s what we focus on.



We act now, and demand our leaders do too, because children can’t continue to wait for perfect solutions.


2019 Policy Platform

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Equitable Funding

Increased school funding that accounts for the needs and assets of multi-lingual learners and newcomers

Cultural responsiveness

Anti-racist classrooms, with a faculty that is increasingly diverse and universally trained to recognize, denounce, and resist the forces of racism and implicit bias

Curriculum and Content

Guaranteed access to highly-rated, grade level curriculum for students, and a long-term commitment to the Common Core State Standards and RICAS so the goal posts don’t keep moving

instructional time

More high quality instructional time that includes students and teachers in the classroom every day

College and Career Advising

Equitable college & career advising that sets a standard of excellence and communicates to all children that their education is meaningful and their futures full of possibility

Providence Parents Demand More
All families should feel confident their public schools are worthy of educating their children. We are no longer taking that as a matter of trust.
— Andrea Mazie and Ramona Santos, Providence Journal 2.12.19

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