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RIDE Hosts Community Feedback Forums

Public invited to weigh in on State ESSA Plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) drafts its State Plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal education law that replaced No Child Left Behind, educators, families, and all Rhode Islanders are invited to share their feedback on initial recommendations for the plan that support student success in Rhode Island. RIDE will host six public workshops to provide updates on the draft recommendations and to solicit feedback before releasing a draft plan for public review in June.

Each of the public forums will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the following dates:

  • Monday, April 24: Cranston High School East
    899 Park Avenue, Cranston
  • Tuesday, April 25: Providence Career & Technical Academy
    41 Fricker Street, Providence
  • Wednesday, April 26: Narragansett High School
    245 S Pier Road, Narragansett
  • Thursday, April 27: Pell Elementary School
    35 Dexter Street, Newport
  • Monday, May 1: Cumberland High School
    2600 Mendon Road, Cumberland
  • Wednesday, May 3: West Warwick High School
    1 Webster Knight Drive, West Warwick

Spanish language interpretation services will be available at the Cranston and Providence forums. These forums are open to the public, but those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP through the RIDE website. Anyone who is unable to attend a public forum, but would like to submit feedback, can do so through online surveys, which are available on the RIDE website through May 15.

This is the second round of public engagement for the ESSA State Plan, which will give RIDE an opportunity to further develop Rhode Island’s Strategic Plan for PK-12 Education. Hundreds of Rhode Islanders previously joined public forums in the fall of 2016, and participated in an online input survey that closed at the end of last year. RIDE staff continues to engage with community stakeholder groups, including the Committee of Practitioners, a group of educators, advocates, parents, and community leaders that convene each month to provide direction on the Rhode Island State ESSA Plan.