Chair of RI ed board apologizes for remark



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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The chairwoman of the state Board of Education has apologized after accusing Providence's schools superintendent of "grandstanding" following her testimony in opposition of a new high school graduation requirement.

The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1cqJ4wh ) reports that Eva-Marie Mancuso apologized at Monday's meeting for her comments about Superintendent Susan Lusi. Several of Mancuso's fellow board members criticized her for the remarks. One said that when superintendents speak up, the board should listen.

Lusi testified last week before a House committee that she could no longer support using the NECAP test as a graduation requirement. She said it "disadvantaged" students already struggling because of poverty, English skills or special learning needs.

Mancuso said she still thinks Lusi should have brought her concerns to the education board instead of the legislative panel.

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