Monday, January 30, 2012

Mello confirmed that Mitchell and Chester met last week.

there yet (on New Bedford), but it's certainly not good news that the latest round on this plan is not approvable,&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; he said.Francis, reached by phone Monday afternoon, said it was hard for her to respond to the commissioner's comments without having talked to him directly.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;We've been working with the state,&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; said Francis. &#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;We continue to work with the plan manager on putting forward our initiatives and providing the evidence in terms of our adherence to the plan.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one;Francis said she &#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;respectfully&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; disagreed with the commissioner's characterization of the plan as a laundry list.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;I think it's very much more than a laundry list of programs,&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; she said. &#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;They're interwoven initiatives; they are coherent from our point of view.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one;Neil Mello, the mayor's chief policy adviser, said Mitchell was declining to comment on the commissioner's remarks until he had had a chance to review any correspondence on the turnaround plan sent from the state to the district.Mello confirmed that Mitchell and Chester met last week.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;My understanding from the mayor is that they had a healthy and constructive dialogue ... and the commissioner reiterated the concerns he had expressed previously about the status of the district,&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; said Mello.School Committee member Tom Clark said he, in turn, was disappointed by the commissioner's public criticisms.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;Clearly, if he had offered some helpful feedback, I think that would have been received by myself and other members of the School Committee as a very helpful step,&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; said Clark. &#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;I just don't understand his adversarial stance.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one;

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