Politics
9:25 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung wants Rhode Island to go back to having separate state boards for K-through-12 and higher education.

Cranston mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung.
Cranston mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung.
Credit Ian Donnis

Fung unveiled his education plan Thursday. He said he’d make the state education commissioner report directly to the governor, and eliminate a separate post for commissioner of higher education. Fung said he believes these structural changes will improve public education in Rhode Island.

“Governance is critically important in my opinion and this type of governance structure that I’m proposing provides for that innovation and accountability, so that we’re providing the right curriculum for our students," said Fung.

Fung says he’d use savings from the changes he wants to promote education in science, technology, engineering and math.

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