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Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner has unveiled a plan to give teachers and principals more authority in running their schools.

Wagner outlined the School and Family Empowerment Package in an address Wednesday to the state's General Assembly.

His plan would allow schools to make decisions on topics ranging from textbooks to the school day and personnel.

It would also give parents more choices by allowing schools to accept students who live in another town or city.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, who chose Wagner to lead the education agency last year, has said she wanted to introduce an inter-district school choice initiative based on the one adopted in Massachusetts more than two decades ago.

The education commissioner gives an address each year to lawmakers about the state of education.




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