Charter schools fight to grow as demand increases

BACKING CHARTERS: Janie Segui Rodriguez founded the nonprofit Stop the Wait RI to oppose legislation in 2021 that would have put a hold on opening new charter schools for three years. The legislation failed to pass. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
BACKING CHARTERS: Janie Segui Rodriguez founded the nonprofit Stop the Wait RI to oppose legislation in 2021 that would have put a hold on opening new charter schools for three years. The legislation failed to pass. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Most parents don’t want to gamble with their children’s education. But for some, to provide what they believe is the right choice for their kids, they must play the lottery. This year, more than 25,000 parents entered their children’s names for approximately 2,300 charter school slots in Rhode Island. Many children have been on waiting

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