As one of its first actions, the brand new State Board of Education will take up tuition waivers granted to employees at state colleges and universities.
Board Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso says she will appoint and chair a commission to consider changing to the policy, which provides free tuition to state college employees, their spouses and their children.
“I’m not going to prejudge it, I think we have to study the issue,” Mancuso says, but she adds her personal opinion is that the policy needs to change.
“I don’t want to have just a blank tuition waiver for everyone going forward, and I think that’s something we have to look at,” Mancuso says.
According to Mancuso, Governor Lincoln Chafee requested the review of the waiver policy, which has come under fire since a recent audit showed a small number of employees improperly receiving free tuition. The Board of Education meets Monday at 5:30 p.m. at CCRI in Warwick.
You can hear my full interview with Eva-Marie Mancuso by clicking here.