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6/13/2017 Rep. Casimiro’s bill to create study commission on high school start times passes House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Julie A. Casimiro’s legislation (2017-H 5888A) creating a 15-member legislative commission to study all aspects involved in changing the start time of Rhode Island’s public high schools passed the House of Representatives tonight.

“With increasing amounts of evidence that support earlier high school start times are detrimental to students’ health and learning capabilities, this commission is needed to study what would need to happen if Rhode Island high schools were to start at a later time,” said Representative Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter).

 The commission will examine the fiscal impact on school districts, relevant health and educational issues, and the coordination of state-wide afterschool activities in regards to changing public high school start times.  The commission will report its findings to the House of Representatives no later than January 31, 2018.

Members of the commission will include three members of the House of Representatives; the RI Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, or designee; the President of the RI Association of School Committees, or designee; three superintendents, one from a small district, one from medium district, and one from a large district; the President of the RI Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, or designee; the President of the RI Chapter of the National Education Association, or designee; the Executive Director of the RI Interscholastic League, or designee; the President of the RI League of Charter Schools, or designee; the Chair of the Board of Directors at RI Mayoral Academies, or designee; the Executive Director of the RI State Nurses Association, or designee; and the President of the RI Medical Society, or designee.

Cosponsors of the legislation are Rep. Susan R. Donovan (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth), Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown), Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), and House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick).

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903