PROVIDENCE, RI (July 2, 2020)…At tonight’s City Council
meeting Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan (Ward 5) will introduce two resolutions
calling for the City Council to endorse the Rhode Island Foundation’s Chart a
Course Stay the Course Report, and the second calls for the Rhode Island
General Assembly to pass both House Bill H-7575 and Senate Bill S-2711. These
complimentary bills calls for a state referendum, allowing voters to vote to
change the state constitution in order to enshrine public education as a fundamental
“I want to thank President and CEO Neil Steinberg of the
Rhode Island Foundation for his efforts on rethinking education in the State of
Rhode Island,” stated Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan. “Bringing together
educators, policymakers, leaders from both the non-profit and private sectors,
the Rhode Island Foundation has done a great service for our city and state.
They have laid out a plan and path for our state’s students to achieve the
public education they need and deserve.”
The Chart a Course Stay the Course report was created by the
Rhode Island Foundation’s Long Term Education Planning Committee. In December
of 2019, they held a public brainstorming session, and their final report was
released in February 2020 and included input from more than 300 parents,
students, educators, policymakers, and community leaders.
Majority Leader Ryan continued, “The report sets out a clear
plan for how our state can fundamentally change the public education system. It
is incumbent on all elected officials within our state to review and commit to
the roadmap laid out in the Rhode Island Foundation’s comprehensive report. Our
children deserve nothing less.”
The Chart A Course Stay the Course report provides a 10-year
plan to increase education outcomes in public schools in Rhode Island.
In addition, Majority Leader Ryan will be introducing a
resolution supporting and urging passage of House Bill H-7575 and Senate Bill
S-2711. These bills would create a referendum to allow Rhode Islanders to
vote on amending the state constitution to establish a fundamental right to
adequate and meaningful education for all Rhode Islanders.
“In every city and town across the State of Rhode Island,
elected officials are tasked with ensuring that precious tax dollars are being
spent in ways that are meaningful and have the most impact on our residents.
Quality education is not only promised, but it is the very foundation for each
of us to reach our full potentials. I urge the members of the General Assembly
to take this bold step to make education a fundamental right for all of us.”
For more information, visit us on the web at council.providenceri.org.