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4/25/2022 Media Advisory: Morales, Cano, Ciccone, other leaders to call for expanded multilingual educational opportunities
News conference scheduled Tuesday
STATE HOUSE – Rep. David Morales, Sen. Sandra Cano and Sen. Frank A Ciccone III will be joined by Governor Daniel McKee, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and the Coalition of a Multilingual RI for a news conference Tuesday to discuss challenges and advocate for resources to expand multilingual education opportunities to all Rhode Island students.

The event is scheduled Tuesday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in the State Library on the second floor of the State House.

In addition to Representative Morales (D-Dist. 7, Providence), Senator Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket) and Senator Ciccone (D-Dist. 7, Providence, North Providence), Governor McKee, Secretary of State Gorbea and Commissioner Infante-Green, the news conference will feature remarks from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Wujuudat Balogun a Classical High School student and member of Young Voices; Dayana Henríquez Rodríguez, a Rhode Island College world language education teacher candidate; Paige Clausius-Parks, Senior Policy Analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and Dr. Erin L. Papa on behalf of the Coalition for a Multilingual RI.

The Coalition for a Multilingual RI is a coalition of 25 organizations and many individual community members dedicated to creating a culturally sustaining public education system where all Rhode Island students have access to dual language programs and the opportunity to learn in multiple languages from pre-K to college. The coalition, as well as organizations that advocate for and provide resources for multilingualism, will have tables set up in the hallways with information about their activities.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923