Student Complaints Aired as Advisory Group Meets

The Providence Journal, page 21 – January 30, 1970

The newly assembled Advisory Committee to the superintendent of schools included 12 high school juniors, 10 Providence Teacher Union representatives, and 8 principals and administrators from the district.

The group was meant to serve as a vehicle for communication that would meet every two weeks, bringing together viewpoints from various stakeholders in the education community.

Students prioritized concerns about improving the physical spaces in the schools; administrators promised to take these propositions into considerations.

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300 high school students walk out, are suspended in N. Providence

The Providence Journal, p. A5 – April 5th 1986

Seniors at North Providence spent a week organizing a one-day boycott of classes to protest school conditions and policies. The day of the demonstration, someone unexpectedly pulled the fire alarm, and everyone vacated the school. Only 250 students returned to class. The rest remained outside to prove their point. The students’ grievances were expressed during a meeting they held with school administrators before staging this protest. 

The student protesters expressed concerns about the following:

  • Elimination of early dismissal for seniors with a final period as a study hall.
  • Restroom conditions
  • Heating issues
  • Cafeteria overcrowding
  • Elimination of a student smoking room/prohibition of smoking on school property
  • The 18-Day Attendance Rule – the North Providence School Committee reduced the maximum amount of days students can be absent and still graduate from 40 to 18.

Consequences?

The youth involved were suspended and could only return to school once accompanied by a parent.