§ 16-3.1-11. Urban collaborative.
Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the school committees of the cities of Providence, Pawtucket, East Providence, Central Falls and other Rhode Island school districts as may be approved for inclusion by existing member districts in accordance with collaborative bylaws are authorized and empowered to continue and/or initiate cooperative efforts to provide alternate education programs and/or diagnostic services required by law or regulation for students achieving limited success in traditional settings and to do all things necessary including, but not limited to utilization of technology, including television, all on a collaborative basis. The various school committees may assign and delegate to their respective school committee chairs or designee or superintendents of schools or designee, acting as a regional board any duties, responsibilities, and powers that the committees may deem necessary for the conduct, administration, and management of the urban collaborative. Beginning on July 1, 2013 the urban collaborative shall be funded pursuant to the provisions of § 16-7.2-3. The state share of the permanent foundation education aid shall be paid directly to the urban collaborative pursuant to the provisions of § 16-7.2-7. The local school district shall transfer the difference between the calculated state share of the permanent foundation education aid and the amount calculated pursuant to the provisions of § 16-7.2-7 to the urban collaborative, until the transition of the state share is complete. In addition, the local school district shall pay the local share of education funding to the urban collaborative as outlined in § 16-7.2-5.
The urban collaborative shall be eligible to receive other aids, grants, Medicaid revenue, and any other revenue according to Rhode Island law, as though it were a school district. Federal aid received by the state shall be used to benefit students in the urban collaborative, if the school qualifies for the aid, as though it were a school district.
(P.L. 1989, ch. 173, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 28, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 194, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 433, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 241, art. 12, § 9; P.L. 2013, ch. 270, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 352, § 1.)