Lisa Tomasso

RIPR FILE

While many Ocean State voters are more focused on August vacations than politics, candidates for the legislature are knocking on doors, appearing at coffee hours and pleading for votes at taverns and ethnic clubs.

A bill up for review Wednesday at the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare would create a new position for a secretary of education in the governor's office.

The job would include overseeing and coordinating all of the state's education initiatives, from early learning to higher education.