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  • 28 Aug 2018 10:53 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    2018 Legislative Update

    This highlights legislative victories for children and summarizes selected laws and budget appropriations in the areas of economic well-being, child care and early childhood education, K-12 education, college access, health, and safety that were considered during the 2018 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly. We hope this is a helpful resource as you continue your work on behalf of Rhode Island's children and families.

    Below is an overview of victories for Rhode Island children and families in the 2018 Legislative Session:

    Early Learning & Development

    • The FY 2019 budget includes increased federal funding to improve access to high-quality child care in the Child Care Assistance Program.
    • The establishment of tiered quality child care rates of reimbursement for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children enrolled in centers through the Child Care Assistance Program (with rates meeting the federal benchmark for infants and toddlers).
    • State Pre-K received a $1.1 million increase to provide high-quality early education to four-year-olds. 


    • A $250 million school construction, renovation, and rehabilitation bond was approved for the November 2018 ballot.
    • Education funding through the funding formula (including Pre-K) was increased.

    Economic Well-Being 

    • Legislation passed that allows current and past recipients of DACA to obtain drivers licenses.


    • Legislation passed to extend Department of Children, Youth and Families services to youth in foster care up to age 21 (Voluntary Extension of Care).
    • Legislation passed that bans the possession of bump stocks, binary triggers, or trigger cranks; and a "Red Flag" bill passed that requires the surrender of all firearms from persons determined to be capable of causing personal injury.


    • Current RIte Care eligibility and benefits were preserved. Federal funding from the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was assumed in the budget. 
    • Legislation passed that prohibits advertising unhealthy food and beverage products in schools.

    For the full listing of budget and legislative highlights, please click here.

  • 12 Jul 2018 9:42 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

        Alexandria, Va. – July 12, 2018 – In response to the growing violence in our public schools shattering communities throughout the U.S., AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has released “School Safety & Crisis Planning,” a toolkit for proactive best practices before, during and after a crisis.


    Specifically designed for superintendents and other district administrators, the online resource features a select group of safety leaders throughout the country who are ready to provide peer-to-peer guidance about a variety of crises, including school shootings, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, suicides and other major incidents that arrive without a moment’s notice.


    “The horrific school shootings we continue to hear about have created a turning point toward the issue of school safety,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “All children have the right to live and learn in a safe environment. As the nation’s largest organization representing the leaders of our public schools, we felt it was our responsibility to create a digital safety solution package, specifically tailored for AASA members as well as non-member superintendents in their plight against the gun violence that continues to threaten our schools and students.”


    Click here to view Dan’s video introduction.   


    “There is no greater need in our communities than to ensure that our children attending our public schools have a safe environment to learn and to grow,” said Chris Gaines, superintendent, Mehlville (St. Louis, Mo.) School District and president of AASA. “We encourage schools and school districts to share our resources and work together to make our communities stronger and safer.”


    The toolkit also features a 24-hour hotline managed by Joseph Erardi, former superintendent of Newtown Public Schools. “The time is now to foster a district culture that makes student success and well-being a priority,” said Erardi. “I was privileged to spend my final four years before retirement in Newtown, post-Sandy Hook. I found the work incredibly complex and even more incredibly rewarding as the community rebuilt from such a heinous crime. We’re here to assist other communities rebuild as well.”


    Resources were also contributed by the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National School Boards Association and the National School Public Relations Association.


    As part of the toolkit, CrisisGo, an AASA School Solutions partner, is offering an emergency planning and communications platform to AASA members at no cost. The “AASA Safe Classroom” app allows school 

    safety leaders to send audible emergency alerts and enable two-way communications to every computer and mobile device in the school.


    Today’s announcement comes at a time when hundreds of superintendents are gathering in Washington, D.C., for AASA’s 2018 Legislative Advocacy Conference. AASA members are discussing the most critical issues that affect our public schools, including school safety.    


    Click here to access the School Safety & Crisis Planning Toolkit.

  • 03 Jul 2018 10:04 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Dr. Dias-Mitchell former principal at Tiverton Middle School began her new position with the Little Compton School Department

  • 12 Jun 2018 10:15 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Last Thursday morning, RIDE announced the awarding of nearly $1.2 million in CTE Innovation and Equity Grants, funds that will be used by new and existing career education programs to help expand access for historically underserved students. The eight recipient schools are spread out across the state and will each receive roughly $150,000 in funding over two years, starting in the 2018-2019 school year. Across industry sectors, there are significant equity gaps in the demographics of students who complete Rhode Island programs, including a 27 percent gap for women in IT, a 27 percent gap for students of color in business, and a 26 percent gap for low-income students in STEM, for example.

    The grants are supported by existing state funding for career and technical education (CTE). These funds were used in years past for schools that wanted to start new CTE programs. This year, recognizing that equity gaps persist in career education, RIDE is repurposing the funding to support schools with specific plans to increase equity of access. The agency received 26 applications, accounting for $3.1 million in requests for the available funds.

    The 2018 CTE Innovation and Equity Grant Awardees, and the primary student groups they identified in their proposals are:

    • CHARIHOtech: Female students in IT
    • Exeter-West Greenwich High School: Students with disabilities in environmental science
    • Warwick Area Career and Technical Center: Female students and students of color in IT
    • Rhode Island Nurses Institute (RINI) charter school: English Learners in health care
    • The MET School: Students of color and low-income students in finance
    • Smithfield High School: Female students in IT
    • East Providence Career and Technical Center: Low income students in construction
    • Mount Pleasant High School: English Learners in defense and pre-engineering

    Read the full press release, and find out more about PrepareRI online.

  • 11 Apr 2018 8:12 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Michael Sollitto, Ed D.  was appointed Supt. of Burrillville Public Schools last night--

    Congrats and all the best to you Mike!

  • 10 Apr 2018 11:32 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Congratulations and best wishes to Larry named supt of schools by Lincoln School Committee on Monday April 9, 2018.


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