Charter Schools

WATCH: Here’s How We Celebrate School Choice in Rhode Island

National School Choice Week marks an annual celebration at my kid’s school. Parents and staff proudly don the trademark yellow scarves and many reflect on what school choice means to them, why it’s important, and why it’s worth protecting and expanding. Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) is an intentionally diverse public charter school in northern Rhode Island that serves two urban and two suburban districts. Unlike most charters, BVP is a Rhode Island Mayoral Academy, defined in their own words as “high-performing, diverse, regional public schools governed by mayor-led school boards.” These mayoral academies are unique to Rhode Island (at least for now) and at the moment, BVP and Achievement First (Providence) fall under their umbrella. ( RISE Academy has preliminary approval and is already accepting applications for next fall.)  
Erika Sanzi
Erika Sanzi is a mother of three sons and taught in public schools in Massachusetts, California and Rhode Island. She has served on her local school board in Cumberland, Rhode Island, advocated for fair school funding at the state level, and worked on campaigns of candidates she considers to be champions for kids and true supporters of great schools. She is currently a Fordham senior visiting ...

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