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Parents, students, educators, nonprofit and business leaders from across Rhode Island brainstorm tactics to improve public education

"Rhode Island must chart a course and stay the course on the way to creating a world-class public education system that prepares all students to succeed in life and contribute productively to the community.” - Neil D. Steinberg, Foundation president and CEO

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Authentic student, family, community and educator engagement, and clarity and consistency of roles and accountability across districts and across the system are among the most common suggestions for improving public education in Rhode Island coming out of a brainstorming event at the R.I. Convention Center Saturday, December 7.

More than 300 parents, students, educators, and nonprofit and business leaders gathered to talk about tactics for improving the state’s public school system. The day-long conference was organized by the Long-Term Education Planning Committee, a group convened and led by the Rhode Island Foundation to propose a vision, priorities, and strategies to guide improvements in public education over the next 10 years.

“Rhode Island must chart a course and stay the course on the way to creating a world-class public education system that prepares all students to succeed in life and contribute productively to the community,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO, echoing the Long-Term Planning Committee’s vision.

In addition to a vision for the future of public education in Rhode Island, the committee has met regularly over the last year to develop a set of four priorities and accompanying strategies that were discussed on Saturday. The strategies include aligning the state funding formula with both state and local needs and sustaining a rigorous, statewide assessment system. More details can be found here. A full report from the committee, to include the ideas generated on Saturday, is expected to be released in January.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $114 million and awarded $52 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2018. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.