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- Poor standardized test scores have motivated Rhode Island lawmakers, who convened on Jan. 1 for their 2019 session, to prioritize tackling education issues. In the hope of encouraging improvement, state Rep. Joe MacNamara, D-Warwick — who chairs the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee — introduced legislation that would force districts to form task forces if they have high student absenteeism rates, as well as a proposal to mandate that the state education department revamp Rhode Island’s curriculum requirements.
- Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, also said during her inaugural address that funding P-12 education was an essential piece of the state’s economic success.
- One bill that was filed in mid-January would make personal finance a high school graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2022.