House Resolution #5553 (2019)

HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENCOURAGING MORE PERSONS OF COLOR TO ENTER THE FIELD OF EDUCATION

Creates a 13 member commission to study and make recommendations for encouraging more persons of color to enter the field of education, and who would report back by April 17, 2020, and expire on June 17, 2020.

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  • 2019 – H 5553
  • 2019 – H 5553 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC001929/SUB A/2
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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. 2019
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND PROVIDE
  • RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENCOURAGING MORE PERSONS OF COLOR TO ENTER
  • THE FIELD OF EDUCATION
  • Introduced By: Representatives Alzate, McNamara, Casimiro, Kazarian, and Maldonado
  • Date Introduced: February 27, 2019
  • Referred To: House Health, Education & Welfare
  • THE FIELD OF EDUCATION
  • Introduced By: Representatives Alzate, McNamara, Casimiro, Kazarian, and Maldonado
  • Date Introduced: February 27, 2019
  • Referred To: House Health, Education & Welfare
  • WHEREAS, A report by the Learning Policy Institute showed that a diverse teacher workforce is a very important strategy for improving learning and closing achievement gaps for students of color; and
  • WHEREAS, Increasing the percentage of teachers of color in Rhode Island's schools is not only important and beneficial for students of color. A diverse teacher workforce that represents the state's overall demographics will benefit students of all racial backgrounds; now, therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of nine (9) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Association of Administrators, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Education Association, or designee; one of whom shall be the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, or designee; and one of whom shall be the Department Chairperson of the Rhode Island College School of Education (Youth Development Program), 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, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the political party which is entitled to the appointment consents to the appointment of the member of the general public.
  • The purpose of said commission shall be to study and make recommendations for encouraging students of color to enter the field of education. The recommendations should include, but not be limited to:
  • • An intentional and sustained approach to informing students of color in the state's public high schools on the importance and benefits of entering the field of education;
  • • A process or method to prepare, support, encourage, and retain newly hired teachers of color; and
  • • Recommendations and methods to increase teacher workforce diversity in the state's urban school districts.
  • WHEREAS, Increasing the number of teachers of color in Rhode Island's schools is not only important and beneficial for students of color; a diverse teacher workforce that represents the state's overall demographics will also benefit students of all racial backgrounds; now, therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of thirteen (13) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Education Association, or designee; three (3) of whom shall be members of student focused organizations, such as, but not limited to, Providence Student Union, Young Voices, Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education, and Youth in Action, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; three (3) of whom shall be members of community based organizations with vested interest in the issue of teachers of color, such as, but not limited to, EduLeaders of Color, Rhode Island Coalition for Educators of Color, Breakthrough Providence, and Teach for America, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; and one of whom shall be a member of the Educational Studies faculty at Rhode Island College, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House.
  • 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, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the political party which is entitled to the appointment consents to the appointment of the member of the general public.
  • The purpose of said commission shall be to study and make recommendations for encouraging students and persons of color to enter and continue to be involved in the field of education. The work and recommendations should include, but not be limited to:
  •  Develop an approach to inform students of color in the state on the importance and benefits of entering the field of education;
  •  Identify relevant research and successful practices to enhance minority teacher recruitment and retention throughout the state;
  •  Identify and establish public, private, and philanthropic partnerships to increase minority (meaning individuals whose race is other than white, or whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino as that term is used by the U.S. Census Bureau) teacher recruitment, including, but not limited to teacher preparation programs;
  •  Advise and support local and regional boards of education to prioritize minority teacher recruitment and develop innovative strategies to attract and retain minority teachers within their districts;
  •  Review the requirements that prevent persons of color from choosing this profession and remaining in it, including, but not limited to, teacher preparation programs, certification requirements, and lack of diversity in union leadership; and
  •  Identify a process or method to prepare, support, and encourage school leadership to increase retention of teachers of color.
  • 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 28, 2020, and said commission shall expire on March 28, 2020.
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  • RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives no later than April 17, 2020, and said commission shall expire on June 17, 2020. ======== LC001929/SUB A/2 ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND PROVIDE
  • RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENCOURAGING MORE PERSONS OF COLOR TO ENTER
  • THE FIELD OF EDUCATION
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  • This resolution would create a nine (9) member special legislative commission whose purpose it would be to study and make recommendations for encouraging more persons of color to enter the field of education, and who would report back to the House of Representatives on or before January 28, 2020, and whose life would expire on March 28, 2020. ======== LC001929 ========
  • This resolution would create a thirteen (13) member special legislative commission whose purpose it would be to study and make recommendations for encouraging more persons of color to enter the field of education, and who would report back to the House of Representatives on or before April 17, 2020, and whose life would expire on June 17, 2020. ======== LC001929/SUB A/2 ========

Votes

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Floor vote for SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION

June 11, 2019 at 5:28pm
Yeas: 66 / Nays: 1 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Alzate Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros NV
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Caldwell Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Cassar Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Cortvriend Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hawkins Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jackson Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Kislak Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Lyle Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendez Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Millea Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardone Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Noret Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Place Y
Rep. Price N
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serodio Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y