MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate Education Committee to hear curriculum bills, consider appointments to URI Board of Trustees
STATE HOUSE — The Senate Committee on Education is scheduled to meet Wednesday to hear testimony on several bills relating to schools and curriculum.
The committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the rise of the Senate (about 4:30 p.m.) in Room 313 on the third floor of the State House.
The committee will hear testimony the following bills:
2020-S 2033 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton, Little Compton), would require the Board of Education to develop and implement a five-year plan to improve student performance in science, technology, engineering, and math and increase the number of postsecondary degrees awarded in STEM fields
2020-S 2035 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland), would require that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopt a competency-based/proficiency-based learning policy whereby students can earn credits through demonstration of competency.
2020-S 2104 — This bill, introduced by Senator DiPalma, would require that commencing with the graduating class of 2022 all high school students attending public schools demonstrate proficiency in computer science.
2020-S 2179 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick), would mandate public school classroom size be limited to 20 students for kindergarten through grade 2.
2020-S 2181 — This bill, introduced by Senator Gallo, would require that commencing with the graduating class of 2021 and all subsequent graduating classes thereafter, all high school students attending public schools shall fulfill at least one-half credit or course requirement in civics education.
2020-S 2188 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence), would require the Department of Education to create a model policy and timeline to assist local education agencies in implementing a dual language immersion program.
The panel will also consider two appointments to the Board of Trustees of the University of Rhode Island, which require the advice and consent of the Senate. The appointments include Christine Heenan and David Martirano.
The Senate Committee on Education is chaired by Senator Gallo.
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903