Senate committee to consider education board

Feb 6, 2013

The Senate Education Committee holds hearings today on nominees for a new State Board of Education. The picks from Governor Lincoln Chafee include teachers' union president Larry Purtill and Colleen Callahan, also a teachers’ union leader, and a member of the former Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.

State lawmakers dissolved the Board of Regents along with the board overseeing colleges and universities to create a new combined board of education. The move was aimed at improving coordination between higher education and K-12 schools.

Other nominees up for consideration today include Warwick accountant Michael Grande, Mathies Santos of Providence, attorney Patrick Guida, and William Maaia of Rumford. Their terms of service would range from one year to three years.