On April 25, the Providence Student Union learned that their complaint regarding the Board of Education was validated by the Rhode Island Superior Court.

Back in September, the Providence Student Union petitioned the Board of Education to debate high-stakes testing publicly at one of their board meetings. Instead of voting on PSU’s petition in public, as required by law, the Board of Education entered closed session and voted against discussing high-stakes testing in public, which puts hundreds of Rhode Island youth at risk of not graduating and places incalculable stress on students and well-meaning school districts across our state.

Judge Matos ruled this move in violation of the Open Meetings Act, saying:

[It is] essential to the maintenance of a Democratic society that public meetings be conducted in an open manner.

Cauldierre McKay, PSU Citywide Leadership Team member and speaker at the original meeting back in September, said the following:

This is an important issue, and we hope the board will revisit its decision after seeing the negative impacts of this graduation policy or at least talk to the students most impacted.

The Providence Student Union will continue to advocate against high-stakes testing and for a performance-based assessment system that puts students first, not tests.

Thanks to Linda Borg at the Providence Journal for covering this important story. Read the full article here:

Judge rules state Board of Education violated Open Meetings Law by discussing NECAP program behind closed doors