Rhode Island may finally have a confirmed Board of Education following a vote Tuesday at the State House. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the seven remaining appointees for the board, which will oversee public schools, colleges and universities.
The nominees include proposed board chair, Eva Marie Mancuso and former Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members Patrick Guida and Karin Forbes. Four other members of the 11-person board have already received Senate approval.
Rhode Island has been without a State Board of Education since the end of 2012, when state lawmakers dissolved the two boards in charge of K-12 schools and higher education. The new board will oversee both systems in a move aimed at getting more students ready for college or other post-secondary training opportunities.