- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) - Members of the Chariho School Committee are questioning why it took the Rhode Island Department of Education 15 months to appoint an official to investigate allegations of discrimination at the Kingston Hill Academy charter school.

The Westerly Sun reports (https://bit.ly/10dgzgN ) that Chariho has accused Kingston Hill of refusing to provide services to certain disabled children and suggesting they attend school elsewhere.

Public schools, including charter schools, are required by law to provide special education services.

A call to Kingston Hill Academy was not immediately returned Monday morning

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist signed an order last year appointing a “special visitor” to investigate allegations of discrimination.

The state announced in September that Deputy Commissioner David Abbott would look into the case.

An agency spokesman said Abbot is investigating, but he did not provide a schedule.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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