Board of Education Regulations

Among its duties, the Board of Education sets policy affecting elementary and secondary education in Rhode Island.

The Board exercises its authority to ensure that all students receive the best educational opportunities for enhancing academic success. The legal department plays an important role in providing support for an effective rule-making process.

Selected State Education

Regulations Approved by the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, but Promulgated by the Department of Health

For more Board of Education and Board of Regents regulations, please visit the Rhode Island Secretary of State's website.

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is currently in the process of promulgating legislatively required, statewide regulations pursuant to R.I. Gen. Law § 16-7.1-5.1.  These regulations provide criteria and a procedure for determining the end of turnaround status for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) subject to intervention and support pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-7.1-5, and to return control over the operation of such LEAs from RIDE back to the local school board or committee. The Council on Elementary and Secondary Education approved these regulations to go out for public comment at their October 24, 2023, meeting. 

As part of the regulatory process, a 45-day public comment period will be open from November 3rd, 2023, through December 18th, 2023. Individuals may submit public comment regarding the proposed regulatory language via e-mail to Comments may also be mailed to the Rhode Island Department of Education at 255 Westminster St. Providence, RI 02903. 

In addition, RIDE will also hold six (6) public comment hearings, one in each county of Rhode Island. The public is invited to provide public comment on the regulations on the following dates: 

  • November 15th at Rogers Free Library, Herreshoff Community Room 525 Hope Street (Rt 114) Bristol, RI 02809 from 5-6PM  

  • November 20th at Newport Public Library, The Friends Room 300 Spring St. Newport, RI 02840 from 5-6PM 

  • November 29th at Bobby Hackett Auditorium, Knight Campus, CCRI 400 East Avenue, Warwick, RI, 02886 from 5-6PM 

  • November 30th at the Shepard Building, 1st Floor PAFF Auditorium, 80 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903 from 5-6PM 

  • December 6th Kingston Free Library, Potter Hall 2605 Kingstown Road, Kingston RI 02881 from 5-6PM 

  • December 13th Woonsocket Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 from 5-6PM 

Public hearings will last approximately an hour or until all public comments are heard. Public comment is welcome and will be considered in any language. If you would like to have language interpretation services or ASL translation services available for use at a hearing, please email at least one week in advance of the hearing date.