- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials are threatening to withhold $16,500 in aid from a school district over a school choice dispute.

The Westerly Sun reports (https://bit.ly/2wa41us ) the Chariho School Committee denied a student’s request to attend a career and technical program at North Kingstown High School in June. The parents responded by reaching out to state Education Commissioner Ken Wagner, who ordered the committee to rescind its letter.

Wagner says the committee violated state law, and his office stated July 26 they are proceeding with withholding the state aid.

Chariho Schools Superintendent Barry Ricci says the district did not violate the law, describing “severe conflict” in Wagner’s interpretation.

Ricci says he has asked an attorney to begin an appeal process, and he is not ruling out possible legal action.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, https://www.thewesterlysun.com

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