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5/24/2022 House approves McNamara bill to study Rhode Island’s public education system
STATE HOUSE — The House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) that would create a joint study commission to examine the governance structure of Rhode Island’s public education system.

According to the resolution (2022-H 7784), the commission would be to study, review, and make recommendations on how to most efficiently and effectively administer the governance of the Pre-K through 16 public education system in Rhode Island.

“In light of the unique challenges that face our schools today, it’s a good idea to take a step back and analyze the way the state manages public education,” said Representative McNamara, who chairs the House Education Committee. “Those challenges have only been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic and distance learning. This commission would go a long way in addressing some of those issues through the lens of school governance.”

Representative McNamara argues that the legislation is needed to ensure that our children are being properly served in school and they point to the current state takeover of the Providence Public School District as an issue that will be examined on the commission.

The special joint commission would be made up of five members of the Senate and five members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House.

The measure now moves to the Senate, where a similar resolution (2022-S 2442) has been introduced by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton).

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