Jan. 28, 2020



Senate task force to study educational funding formula releases findings and recommendations


STATE HOUSE — A special Senate commission tasked with studying Rhode Island’s education funding formula has released its findings and recommendations.

Based on testimony received during five public hearings, the Task Force recommends both near-term and long-term solutions. Near-term recommendations are areas where action can be taken in the 2020 legislative session, while long-term recommendations will require additional work by stakeholders before final legislative enactment.

“We owe it to students to act as swiftly as possible,” wrote task force chairman Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln) in the reports foreword. “Every year resources are not available is a year they lose academically. Our education system has the power to ensure a better future for not only our students of today, but all Rhode Islanders. A strong education system leads to a stronger economy, improved economic and social prosperity, and, importantly, hope for all in our state.”

The task force’s 15 findings and recommendations range from tax treaties and enrollment changes to ELL and funding adjustments.

Click here to see the full report.






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