Chapter 188

2011 -- H 6219 AS AMENDED

Enacted 07/01/11





     Introduced By: Representatives Keable, Tomasso, Petrarca, Serpa, and Silva

     Date Introduced: June 02, 2011


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Title 16 of the General Laws entitled "EDUCATION" is hereby amended

by adding thereto the following chapter:


     CHAPTER 45.1



     16-45.1-1. Findings. The general assembly finds and declares as follows:

     (1)  The Rhode Island economy will benefit from a highly skilled workforce;

     (2)  Career and technical education must be informed by the needs of local businesses

industries and employers, in creating, growing and locating employment opportunities for job

seekers with the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities desired by employers;

     (3)  Career and technical education should provide an integrated career pathway system

to respond to the needs of businesses, small and large, as well as innovative and emerging

industries; and

     (4)  Based upon the current and future demands for a highly skilled workforce, career and

technical education should provide a foundation for students to succeed in career and/or higher

education opportunities.


     16-45.1-2. Career and Technical Education System. - The board of regents shall

establish and maintain a system of career and technical education that maintains on going

connections with higher education and meets the needs of local business and industry, and

promotes workforce development.


     16-45.1-3. Report to the general assembly. Beginning on January 1, 2012, the

department of elementary and secondary education shall provide the senate president and speaker

of the house an annual report consisting of the following:

     (1) The total number of students attending career and technical schools/programs, where


     (2) The total number of those students in subsection (1) who have received diplomas;

     (3) The total number of those students in subsection (1) who have received industry

recognized certificates, if the information is available;

     (4) The total number of students who transfer to another school and/or continue their

secondary education;

     (5) The total number of students who obtain employment before or immediately after


     (6) The total number of students who attend post-secondary institutions;.

     (7) The retention rate within each program from year to year;

     (8) Progress on developing a plan to study the number of students who find employment

in the field studied at three (3) and five (5) years intervals post-graduation;

     (9) The cost per pupil per program per year; and

     (10) The number of special education students per program.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.