In a message to staff this afternoon, Mr. Nelson said, "This was a very difficult decision and one Karen and I thought long and hard about. It is an opportunity to impact hundreds of thousands of children around the country and the world. It is obviously a program I have seen work with great success in RISD.
"I appreciate each of you and what you have done to help implement the changes we've made these past two years. I know that the district will continue to build on its success. I wish you nothing but the best."
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and is currently in place in all RISD secondary schools. The organization is based in San Diego.