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Funding Formula Working Group

The Funding Formula Working Group will examine whether the state education aid formula is working as intended with the intent to provide an initial report in early 2016.

This working group, established by executive order, is part of a regular review of Rhode Island's education funding formula that was signed into law five years ago to allocate state aid to public schools based on student enrollment, student poverty levels, and community wealth.

Updates

  • Other supporting and meeting documentation are posted in the Meeting Materials tab.
  • Written public comments and other materials received are part of the public record and are posted under Other Materials.

Click here to read the final report resulting from the Funding Formula Working Group:
"Recommendations for Improvement of
Rhode Island’s Permanent Foundation Education Aid Formula"
.

Thank you to the members of the Funding Formula Working Group for the many hours of
collective effort they dedicated to improving the educational conditions for
Rhode Island’s students, teachers, schools, and communities.



Please see below for the list of meeting dates and locations.

All meetings will take place from 5:00-7:30pm and are open to the public.

 

Date

Location

Materials

Public Comment

Tuesday,
November 3, 2015
RI Foundation
Rhode Island Room
1 Union Street
Providence, RI 02903
Agenda

Materials
No public comment
Monday,
November 16, 2015
New England Institute of Technology
Room S330, 3rd Floor
One New England Tech Blvd
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Agenda

Materials
Public comment online sign-up closed
Tuesday,
November 24, 2015
Northern RI Collaborative
Building B, Suite 104B
640 George Washington Hwy
Lincoln, RI 02865
Agenda

Materials
Public comment online sign-up closed
Thursday,
December 10, 2015
East Bay Collaborative
Main Training Room
317 Market Street
Warren, RI 02885
Agenda

Materials
Public comment online sign-up closed
Thursday,
December 17, 2015
New England Institute of Technology
Room S330, 3rd Floor
One New England Tech Blvd
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Agenda

Materials
Public comment online sign-up closed
Monday,
December 21, 2015
Northern RI Collaborative
Building B, Suite 104B
640 George Washington Hwy
Lincoln, RI 02865
Agenda

Materials
Public comment online sign-up closed
Monday,
January 11, 2016
Rhode Island College
Student Union
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Agenda

Materials
Public comment online sign-up closed
Thursday,
January 14, 2016
Department of Administration
Cafeteria, Lower Level
1 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Agenda

Materials
Public comment online sign-up closed

Additional supporting materials to be posted here.  All files are PDF format unless otherwise noted.


Public comments and submitted materials will be posted here. 
All files are PDF format unless otherwise noted.


Working Group Formation

Members

  • Elizabeth Burke Bryant (Co-Chair), executive director, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
  • Donald R. Sweitzer (Co-Chair), Chairman, IGT Corporation and Senior Public Affairs Advisor
  • Rep. Gregg Amore, House Education Committee, East Providence
  • Scott Avedisian, Mayor, Warwick
  • Donato Bianco, LIUNA
  • Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, President, Rhode Island College
  • J. Michael D'Antuono, School Business Official, Providence
  • Sen. Daniel Da Ponte, Senate Finance Committee, East Providence
  • Karen Davis, Senior Vice-President, Hasbro
  • Kas R. DeCarvalho, Esq., Attorney, Pannone Lopes, and Board Member, The Met School
  • Patti DiCenso, Superintendent, Pawtucket
  • Sean Doyle, Technical Education Teacher, West Warwick High School
  • Dr. Gara B. Field, Principal, Pleasant View Elementary School, Providence
  • Georgia Fortunato, Superintendent, Lincoln
  • Victoria A. Gailliard-Garrick, Principal, William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School
  • Jo Eva Gaines, Chair, Newport School Committee, and member, Council on Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Sen. Hanna Gallo, Senate Education Committee, Cranston
  • Stephanie Gonzalez, Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy and member, Central Falls City Council
  • Joseph J. MarcAurele, Chairman, Washington Trust Bank
  • Amy Mullen, Special Education Teacher, Tiverton
  • Dr. Julie Nora, Head of School, International Charter School
  • Stephanie Ogidan Preston, Vice-President, Citizens Bank
  • Adam M. Ramos, Esq., Attorney, Hinckley Allen, and member of the Bristol Warren Education Foundation
  • Dr. Isadore S. Ramos, former Mayor of East Providence
  • Rep. Deborah L. Ruggiero, House Finance Committee, Jamestown
  • Toby Shepherd, Grants Program Officer, the Rhode Island Foundation
  • Alan J. Tenreiro, Principal, Cumberland High School and National Principal of the Year
  • Lisa Tomasso, the Providence Center and member of RIDE Strategic Planning Group
  • James Vincent, President, NAACP-Providence
  • Dr. Kenneth K. Wong (Advisor), Chair, Department of Education, Brown University

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