Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: May 8, 2010

The Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education voted on Thursday to seek comment from the public on a protocol that Education Commissioner Deborah Gist wants to use to take action against failing schools. The document was used to identify six of the state’s worst schools, including Central Falls High School, the site of the mass teacher firing that took place in February. Improving schools is a top priority for the school board, since Rhode Island schools could be eligible to receive millions in federal dollars for schools serving low-income students.

Farmers’ markets around the state opened this week, offering customers the change to put their money towards local food and environmental sustainability. Farm Fresh Rhode Island, a food nonprofit, estimates that over 40 farmers’ markets will operate in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this year.

North Providence Town Council President Joseph Burchfield resigned Friday amid allegations of bribery in the construction of a Stop & Shop supermarket. Burchfield is accused of accepting a $25,000 bribe from a developer in return for permitting the construction of the supermarket across from a high school. Burchfield is one of three councilmen implicated in the case.  His resignation marks the end of the embattled councilman’s 13 years in public service.

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