The State Senate has given final approval to all 11 members of a new State Board of Education, which plans to hold its first meeting on Monday.
According to RIPR Political Reporter Ian Donnis, the closest vote was for Board Chair Eva Marie Mancuso, who cleared the chamber on a 26 to 10 margin.
While the outcome of yesterday’s confirmation hearing was never really in question, there are many questions about how the board will function. Critics have raised concerns about whether a single board can adequately oversee both public schools and colleges and universities. Supporters argue that combining the two functions will lead to better coordination in the state's education system.
The Board of Education has scheduled an initial meeting for Monday, March 11th at 5 p.m. at the Community of College of Rhode Island’s main campus in Warwick.