Taveras: Legislature Failed to Meet Education Needs

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

 

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Angel Taveras today called on the General Assembly to pass a “fair funding formula” for Rhode Island public schools.

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“The legislature has failed to address the pressing educational needs of all Rhode Island students, especially those students in Providence public schools, for far too long,” Taveras said in a letter to legislators.

“Over 85% of Providence students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch, over 14% are English language learners and more than 18% have special learning needs. The achievement gap between students in Providence schools and their peers in neighboring districts is staggering,” Taveras added.

Taveras called for a bill that would take into account the higher costs of teaching English Language Learners, develop a formula tied to local property values, and increase state funding for local education.

 

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