New Report Cautions Lawmakers; Reversing Education Reform Harms RI Student Achievement, Especially the Disadvantaged
National Test Scores for RI Students Decreased Following Chafee Halt to Education Reform
Disadvantaged Students Suffered Most
Lawmakers cautioned not to make same mistake with charter schools and Educational Scholarship Accounts
The report which documents how Rhode Island student test scores on the national NAEP test, often referred to as the nation’s reports card, directly correlate to the roll-back of educational reforms imposed in 2011 on former RI Department of Education commissioner, Debra Gist, by then Governor Lincoln Chafee. Minority and disadvantaged students appear to have suffered the harshest consequences.
“It’s highly disturbing that the steady advancements in education under Governor Carcieri were abruptly halted by Governor Chafee, and that test scores immediately declined,” commented Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center. “Lawmakers should not make this same mistake by rolling-back successful charter school reforms, when in fact they should be expanding reforms by implementing ESA educational scholarships.”
The Center will join dozens of exhibitors and hundreds of students this Thursday, from 2 to 5 p.m. inside the State House for the annual school choice celebration organized by Rhode Island Families for School Choice and its coalition partners. Kevin Chavous, founder of the American Federation for Children will be the keynote speaker at the rally, one of over 16,000 events nationwide this week.
The coalition will also celebrate the second of year of legislation that calls for Bright Today Educational Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) for all RI families not satisfied with their zip code assigned government-run school.
The Center’s home page for school choice is: RIFreedom.org/EdChoiceRI.
About the Center
The nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity is Rhode Island’s premiere free-enterprise research and advocacy organization. The nonprofit Center is funded entirely by private tax-deductible donations and never accepts public funding. The mission of the 501-C-3 organization is to return government to the people by opposing special-interest politics and advancing proven free-market solutions that can transform lives by restoring economic competitiveness, increasing educational opportunities, and protecting individual freedoms.