The merged state board that will oversee K through 12 and higher education is set to hold its first meeting at 5 pm next Monday, March 11, at the Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island.
The combined board is expected to take us issues lingering since the dissolution of two separate state education boards last December. The state Senate has already confirmed 4 of 11 members for the merged board; the remaining seven are due to be confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
The merged board has been controversial since it was created during a late-night House budget vote last June.
Critics say the concept was hastily conceived and they question whether volunteer board members will be able to handle a complex and onerous workload. Supporters say the combined board will help the move forward the cause of education through closer coordination.