PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools has formed a nonprofit political advocacy arm that will likely play an active role in certain General Assembly races later this year.

The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools Advocacy Fund was formed April 30, according to a filing with the R.I. secretary of state’s office. The league represents 18 charter schools around the state, including the successful International Charter School, Highlander Charter School and the Paul Cuffee Schools.

“We will be supporting candidates that support charter schools and our issues,” Keith Oliveira, the league’s executive director, told Eyewitness News. “We might also be engaged in issue advocacy as well.”

Oliveira said the organization plans to register with the R.I. Board of Elections in the coming weeks to “begin raising funds to support our political advocacy activities.”

The league is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, but the advocacy fund will be a 501(c)4 organization, which allows it to engage in political activity. Donations to advocacy group are not tax deductible.

The fund’s directors include Angelo Garcia, the founder of the Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls, Robert Pilkington, the founder of the Village Green Virtual Charter School, and Pamela McCue, the CEO of the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College.

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Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan