§ 16-45-11. Legislative career and technical education commission established.
(a) Commission established. There is hereby established a special joint legislative study commission on career and technical education commission. Said career and technical education study commission shall consist 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; six (6) members shall be appointed by the president of the senate from among the members of the senate, not more than five (5) of whom shall be from the same political party.
The purpose of the career and technical education study commission shall be to make a comprehensive examination of the issues relating to the governance, financing, and operation of the system of career and technical education in Rhode Island in order to guide the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Restructuring Career and Technical Education in Rhode Island report as prepared and presented by the career and technical education task force (March 2000). The focus of the career and technical education study commission shall include, but not be limited to, the following: to promote Rhode Island's education and economic development by providing guidance for the development of a statewide system for career and technical education, utilizing effective and proven career and technical education delivery models; implementing an effective system of governance, including protection for the student rights of those students interested in engaging in career and technical education; financing and maintaining state of the art equipment, facilities, and programming, including ensuring student access to the same across the district and geographic boundaries; and strengthening career and technical education programming designed to meet the labor needs of Rhode Island business and industry, as well as to support and advance Rhode Island's economy.
(P.L. 2004, ch. 595, art. 23, § 6.)