§ 16-67-1. Declaration of policy.
The state of Rhode Island is committed to equal education opportunity for all citizens. To ensure the fulfillment of this commitment, all persons must have the opportunity to acquire the skills of literacy: basic reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics skills. The opportunity to acquire these skills must be provided in programs designed to meet the varying needs of students. Special attention must be given to prevent students from dropping out of school. Research indicates that large classes prevent teachers from meeting the learning requirements of pupils on an individualized basis, where smaller classes enable teachers to use more varied, innovative, and effective learning approaches. We can increase effectiveness of our schools by promoting smaller classes in kindergarten through third grade. A foundation in these skill areas provides students with the skills they need to complete their elementary and secondary studies, to graduate from high school, and to participate in, and to contribute to, our society as literate and productive adults.
(P.L. 1987, ch. 582, § 1.)