2013 -- H 5649 SUBSTITUTE A
H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION TO STUDY ALL EDUCATION
HEARINGS AT THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND
Introduced By: Representatives MacBeth, McLaughlin, McNamara, and Marshall
Date Introduced: February 27, 2013
RESOLVED, That a special house commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of twelve (12) members: six (6) members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the
House of Representatives from among the members of the House of Representatives, not more
than five (5) of whom shall be from the same political party; one of whom shall be a State
certified special education teacher, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom
shall be a State certified administrator of special education, to be appointed by the Speaker of the
House; one of whom shall be a parent of a student who is receiving special education services, to
be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the
Rhode Island Association of School Committees, or designee; one of whom shall be the President
President of the Rhode Island Principals Association, 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
The purpose of the commission shall be to study all education hearings at the Rhode
Island department of elementary and secondary education, including commissioner hearings and
special education due process hearings, and to make recommendations on improving these
systems. More specifically, the focus of the commission shall be to insure that the hearing process
balances the rights and needs of the individuals involved, especially students with disabilities,
while also maintaining educational and academic integrity, discipline, and authority.
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 and vice-chairperson. Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as
the original appointment.
The membership of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
All departments, boards, commissions, 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 section.
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
Speaker of the House on or before January 23, 2014, and the commission shall expire on March