RI Senate to vote on delaying education board

Jan 3, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state senate is expected to vote Thursday on legislation that pushes back the starting date of a new board overseeing both K-12 and higher education.

In the final days of the last session, lawmakers approved legislation squeezed into the state budget that merges the boards governing K-12 and higher education. The new board has been technically in effect since Tuesday, but there are no members in place to govern.

State Senator Hanna Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston) filed a bill that would keep the two boards activated and push the new board’s effective date to March 7th.

The Education Commissioner’s office says in a statement that the commissioner is eager to work with any governance board that is in place.

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