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3/5/2020 Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association presents Senator Gallo with Paul Crowley Award
STATE HOUSE — The Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association presented its 13th annual Paul W. Crowley Award to Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick) Wednesday during a ceremony at the State House.

The award is given each year by the Association to a Rhode Island citizen or organization who, in his or her professional and personal capacity, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of education for the children of Rhode Island. The award is named after the late Rep. Paul Crowley of Newport, who was dedicated to educational issues throughout his career as a state representative.

Senator Gallo co-chaired the Joint Legislative Committee to Establish a Permanent Education Foundation Aid Formula, which she helped to establish through her sponsorship of the Education Equity and Property Tax Relief Act. The Commission made recommendations to establish a fair, student-based funding formula for state aid to education in Rhode Island. Senator Gallo subsequently championed the education formula, winning enactment of this landmark legislation into law. It has been fully funded each year since.

“Representative Crowley’s tireless commitment to public education is well known in Rhode Island, and it is an incredible honor to receive this award in his name,” said Senator Gallo. “It has been my distinct privilege to serve Rhode Island schools, and especially our educators and students. RISSA has been and continues to be a valuable partner in this work, and I’m grateful to the RI Superintendents for this recognition.”

Senator Gallo has been instrumental in numerous education initiatives, including sweeping education reforms enacted in 2019 that put in place curricula aligned with high standards and improved accountability and governance. She led the charge for funding of full-day kindergarten statewide, enacted in 2015. She was an early supporter of the state’s successful application for a federal Race to the Top grant and sponsored formal Resolutions which won General Assembly approval to declare the Legislature’s support for the state’s effort.

Sen. Gallo has been instrumental in passage of numerous laws to improve education in Rhode Island, from ensuring quality afterschool care is available for elementary and secondary students to providing more accurate tracking of high school graduation rates, and from the creation of a new “bachelor’s degree in three” program at state institutions of higher learning to ensuring that teachers receive the best training at the college level.

Senator Gallo previously served as Co-Chairwoman of the Rhode Island Permanent Commission on Civic Education. Through this commission, she established an annual Civic Education Day and hosted a Civic Education Summit.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903