NEARI's position as a leader in Rhode Island public education puts the priorities of educators like you at the forefront of activities such as Board of Education meetings, Statehouse lobbying, and local association visits. Across the state, NEARI leaders belong to a myriad of committees and commissions determining education and public policy.
NEARI President Larry Purtill serves on the RI Board of Education and the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, a subcommittee. Currently, he reports, the Board is continuing discussions around the new 2015-2020 Strategic Plan for Public Education passed in October.
This document includes the six overarching goals for public education in Rhode Island drafted by the Board; a five-year strategic plan for Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education that was adopted by the Council on Elementary & Secondary Education on August 24, 2015; a five-year plan for Post-secondary Education that was adopted by the Council on Post-secondary Education on October 14, 2015; and a five-year plan for significant work toward shared objectives.
Under the auspices of the Board, there is also a committee of superintendents, principals, RIDE officials, RIFT and NEARI leaders, and classroom teachers studying ways to improve the teacher evaluation system. NEA Tiverton President Amy Mullin serves as NEARI's representative on the governor's commission to study the school funding formula. A Senate committee is studying the concept of a statewide contract.