R 127
2020 -- S 2491
Enacted 02/25/2020

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Lawson, Goodwin, Seveney, Satchell, and Cano
Date Introduced: February 25, 2020

     WHEREAS, Public education is the foundation of a 21st-century democracy; and
     WHEREAS, Our nation's public schools are where students come to be educated as
citizens of the United States; and
     WHEREAS, Each public school prepares the Nation's young people to contribute to the
society, economy, and citizenry of the country; and
     WHEREAS, Ninety percent of American children attend public schools; and
     WHEREAS, Local, State, and Federal lawmakers should prioritize support for
strengthening the nation's public schools and empower local education leaders to implement,
manage, and lead school districts in partnership with educators, parents, and other local education
stakeholders and learning communities; and
     WHEREAS, Local, State and Federal lawmakers should support such necessities as
counseling, extracurricular activities, and mental health programs that are critical to help students
engage in learning; and
     WHEREAS, Public schools should provide an environment where all students can
succeed, beginning in their earliest years, regardless of who they are or where they live; and
     WHEREAS, Efforts should be supported to advance equity and excellence in public
education and to implement continuous improvement and evidence-based practices; and
     WHEREAS, Every child has the right to an education that helps them reach their full
potential and to attend schools that offer a high-quality educational experience; and
     WHEREAS, Stable, equitable, and adequate funding for great public schools for every
student in America is necessary to ensure that students have inviting classrooms and school
libraries with up-to-date resources as well as well-prepared and supported educators; and
     WHEREAS, Our nation needs to support the educators, including teachers,
paraprofessionals, and principals who provide a well-rounded and complete curriculum and create
joy in learning; and
     WHEREAS, The Nation's school buildings should have class sizes small enough to allow
students to receive one-on-one attention and to access support services such as health care,
nutrition, and after-school programs when needed; and
     WHEREAS, Students, teachers, and professionals make the Nation's schools vital
components of the community; and
     WHEREAS, Parents and communities are working hard to improve educational
outcomes for children across the country; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims the week of February 24, through February 28, 2020, to be "Public Schools
Week in Rhode Island"; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Commissioner Angelica M. Infante-Green,
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, State of Rhode Island.