2011 -- S 0912
S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
ENDORSING THE STATE'S EDUCATION STRATEGIC PLAN KNOWN AS
Introduced By: Senators DiPalma, Lanzi, DeVall, and Shibley
Date Introduced: April 28, 2011
WHEREAS, Education is essential to secure the religious and political freedom
established by our founders, and to transmit the same, unimpaired, to succeeding generations; and
WHEREAS, Article XII of the Rhode Island State Constitution specifies that the
diffusion of knowledge, as well as virtue among the people, is essential to the preservation of
their rights and liberties; and
WHEREAS, The quality of life and economic well-being of our citizens are assured
through the acquisition of knowledge; and
WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Department of Education has developed a five-year
strategic plan to endow public school students with the education, abilities, and skills to succeed
in an ever-changing society; and
WHEREAS, The strategic plan, known as "Transforming Rhode Island Education," has
Ensure Educator Excellence
Every student must have highly effective teachers.
Every school must have a highly effective leader.
We must support educators throughout their careers.
Accelerate All Schools Toward Greatness
Leadership must be responsible for quality improvement.
Communities must commit to supporting high-quality schools.
Establish World-Class Standards and Assessments
Standards must be clear, high, and internationally benchmarked.
We must hold all educators and students to high expectations.
We must hold schools accountable for student achievement.
Develop User-Friendly Data Systems
Everyone must have access to usable data.
Data must be relevant, timely, and practical.
Data systems must drive continuous improvement.
Invest Our Resources Wisely
Financing must be adequate, effective, and equitable.
We must use incentives to promote efficiencies and effectiveness.
We must be capable stewards of the taxpayers' investment; now, therefore be it
That this Senate of the State of
hereby commits to preserving and promoting the five priorities embodied in "Transforming
Rhode Island Education" and by doing so guarantees the rights for all citizens articulated in the
Rhode Island State Constitution and United States Constitution; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Chairman of the Rhode Island Board of
Regents and the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education.