House Resolution #5888 (2017)

HOUSE RESOLUTION RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS

Establishes a fifteen (15) member special legislative commission to study all aspects involved in changing the start time of Rhode Island's public high schools.

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  • 2017 – H 5888
  • 2017 – H 5888 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC001988
  • LC001988/SUB A
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS
  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS
  • Introduced By: Representatives Casimiro, Donovan, Craven, McNamara, and Shekarchi
  • Date Introduced: March 09, 2017
  • Referred To: House Finance
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 16-2-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-2 entitled "School Committees and Superintendents [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 16-2-2. City and town schools required – School year – Location – Kindergartens.
  • (a) (1) Except as specifically provided in this section, every city or town shall establish and maintain for at least one hundred eighty (180) days annually or the equivalent thereof, exclusive of holidays a sufficient number of schools in convenient places under the control and management of the school committee and under the supervision of the board of regents for elementary and secondary education. In lieu of convenient location the school committee may provide transportation for pupils to and from school in accordance with the provisions of chapter 21 of this title. Provided, that a school district may establish a school year which is the equivalent of one hundred eighty (180) days through the use of longer school days in terms of hours, and which may total less than one hundred eighty (180) separate days, so long as through the use of the longer school day, the school district annually provides a minimum of one thousand eighty (1080) school hours in a single school year. This figure is based on a minimum of six (6) hours per school day. For purposes of clarification, the intent herein is to permit school districts to amend their school year to provide for longer school days while reducing the actual number of days in which the school facilities must be fully staffed and maintained, but to insure that in doing so, school districts shall still provide the minimum amount of instruction time contemplated by this section. Nothing herein shall be deemed to limit a school district from exceeding the minimum amounts of days and hours set forth herein.
  • (2) School districts intending to make use of the option provided herein to lengthen school days and shorten the school year shall submit a detailed school day plan and a proposed school calendar to the commissioner of elementary and secondary education for approval. The commissioner shall review the submitted school day plan and the submitted calendar to determine whether the plan and calendar are academically sound and fiscally efficient. The commissioner may grant or deny approval of the plan and/or the calendar.
  • (3) Commencing with the 2017-2018 school year, all school districts shall commence the start of the school day for all their high schools at 8:30 a.m. The general assembly shall appropriate the sum of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) to each school district for the implementation of the mandated start time as part of the state budget for fiscal year 2018.
  • (b) School facilities shall include a sufficient number of kindergartens.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of fifteen (15) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives, not more than two (2) of whom shall be from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shallbe the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, or designee; three (3) of whom shall be Superintendents of Rhode Island school districts, one from a small district, one from a medium sized district, and one from a large school district, to be appointed by the Executive Director of the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, or designee; one of whom shallbe the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Education Association, or designee; one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools, or designee; one of whom shall be the Chair of the Board of Directors at Rhode Island Mayoral Academies, or designee; one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, or designee; and one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Medical Society, or designee.
  • In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a General Assembly resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu of a legislator.
  • The purpose of said commission shall be to study all aspects involved in changing the start time of Rhode Island's public high schools including, but not limited to, the fiscal impact on school districts, relevant health and educational issues, and the coordination of state-wide afterschoolactivities, and to make recommendations with respect thereto.
  • Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the Speaker of the House and organize and shall select, from among the legislators, a chairperson. Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
  • The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
  • All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish such advice and information, documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
  • The Speaker of the House is hereby authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters for said commission; and be it further
  • RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives no later than January 31, 2018, and said commission shall expire on March 31, 2018.
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  • LC001988
  • LC001988/SUB A
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS
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  • This act would mandate the start time of the school day for all high schools at 8:30 a.m. commencing with the 2017-2018 school year and provide an appropriation of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) to each school district for the implementation of the mandated start time.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001988 ========
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS
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  • This resolution would establish a fifteen (15) member special legislative commission to study all aspects involved in changing the start time of Rhode Island's public high schools. This commission would report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives no later than January 31, 2018, and would expire on March 31, 2018. ======== LC001988/SUB A ========
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Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for PASSAGE

June 13, 2017 at 4:34pm
Yeas: 74 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn NV
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y