09-R361

2009 -- H 5967 AS AMENDED

Enacted 11/09/09

 

 

J O I N TR E S O L U T I O N

CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO BE KNOWN AS "THE TASK FORCE ON SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS"

     

     

     Introduced By: Representatives Pacheco, Fox, Naughton, and McNamara

     Date Introduced: March 11, 2009

 

 

 

     WHEREAS, Most students lose around two months of grade level equivalency in

mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more

than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-income peers make

slight gains; and

     WHEREAS, A recent study by Johns Hopkins University found that more than half of

the achievement gap between lower-income and higher-income youth can be explained by

unequal access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are

less likely to graduate from high school or enter college which results in a diminishing of the

future workforce; and

     WHEREAS, Most children, particularly children at high risk of obesity, gain weight

more rapidly when they are out of school during the summer break; and

     WHEREAS, Policies around summer learning are scarce, are not comprehensive, and are

currently not targeted appropriately; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That a special legislative task force be and the same is hereby created

consisting of fourteen (14) members: one of whom shall be a member of the House of

Representatives, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be a member of

the Senate, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the Executive

Director of the Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance, or designee; one of whom shall be the

President of the Rhode Island School Age Child Care Association, or designee; one of whom

shall be the Executive Director of Kids First, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of

the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rhode Island, or designee; one of whom shall be the Executive

Director of the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, or designee; one of whom shall be a

representative of the 21st Community Learning Center Network, to be appointed by the Speaker

of the House and President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island

School Superintendentsí Association, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the

Rhode Island Association of School Principals, or designee; one of whom shall be the Chairman

of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, or designee; one of whom shall be the

President of the Greater YMCA Association, or designee; one of whom shall be from the Rhode

Island department of education, or designee; and one of whom shall be a member of the

Governorís staff, to be appointed by the Governor.

      Directors of state departments, or their designees, shall serve as ex-officio members at the

request of the chair of said task force.

      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 task force shall be to make a comprehensive study and make

recommendations for:

     1.      Increasing school linkages with summer learning programs;

     2.      Increasing coordination between school summer learning programs and programs

sponsored by community-based organizations;

     3.      Determining alternative approaches to deliver traditional summer school programs;

     4.      Identifying the key elements of summer learning that should be addressed at a public

policy level in order to:

     (a) Eliminate summer learning loss;

     (b) Contribute to more effective school-year approaches to educating underserved

      learners in Rhode Island;

     (c) Determine how a more comprehensive statewide strategy might be implemented

      over time; and

     (d) Identify how to best coordinate existing funding streams for summer learning

      programs.

      The Task Force shall conduct outreach to educate and inform on the importance of

summer learning. It shall also examine how summer learning programs, including the results of

five summer learning programs in Rhode Island funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation,

can provide positive results, including but not limited to:

     Increasing the connection between the program and the school;

     Aligning the activities of the program with the curriculum of the school;

     Strengthening or increasing programming for Rhode Island students; and

     Serving more Rhode Island students.

       Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the task force shall meet at the

call of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate and organize and shall select,

from among the legislators, a chairperson. Vacancies in said task force shall be filled in like

manner as the original appointment.

      The membership of said task force 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 Joint Committee on Legislative Services 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

General Assembly no later than March 31, 2010 and said commission shall expire on May 31,

2010.

     

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