2023 -- H 6052
S TATE OF RHODE IS L A N D
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2023
A N A CT
RELATING TO EDUCATION -- COUNCIL ON ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
Introduced By: Representatives Cortvriend, Shallcross Smith, Donovan, Speakman,
McNamara, Kislak, Spears, and Carson
Date Introduced: March 03, 2023
Referred To: House Education
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
1 SECTION 1. Section 16-60-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-60 entitled "Council on
2 Elementary and Secondary Education [See Title 16 Chapter 97 — The Rhode Island Board of
3 Education Act]" is hereby amended to read as follows:
4 16-60-2. Appointment of board members.
5 (a) The governor shall establish the council on elementary and secondary education by
6 appointing eight (8) members of the board of education established pursuant to chapter 97 of this
7 title to serve as members of the council until the expiration of their term and appointment of their
8 successor as a member of the board of education. The chair of the board of education shall serve
9 on the council in a voting, ex-officio capacity. Five (5) voting members of the council shall
10 constitute a quorum and the vote of the majority of those present and voting shall be required for
11 action. The governor shall appoint the chair of the council on an annual basis from among the eight
12 (8) council members.
13 (b) In addition to the eight (8) members appointed by the governor, the Rhode Island
14 teacher of the year shall serve on the council on elementary and secondary education pursuant to §
15 16-97-1(c) and (d).
16 (b)(c) No person shall be eligible for appointment to the board after the effective date of
17 this act [March 24, 2006] unless he or she is a resident of this state, with the exception of the
18 individual serving in the ex officio seat as Rhode Island teacher of the year.
1 (c)(d) There is hereby established a student advisory council to the council on elementary
2 and secondary education, consisting of one elected high school student representative from each
3 public secondary school in the state of Rhode Island.
4 (1) Each public secondary school shall hold elections for its representative to the student
5 advisory council no earlier than the first (1st) day of March and no later than the end of the second
6 (2nd) full week of April. Each school shall elect only one representative. Elected members shall be
7 notified of their election on or before the Friday of the third (3rd) week of April of the year of their
8 election. No person shall be eligible to be elected to the student advisory council unless at the time
9 of his or her election he or she is enrolled as a student in a secondary school between the grades of
10 nine (9) and eleven (11) within the state of Rhode Island. No person shall be allowed to vote if they
11 are not currently enrolled in a Rhode Island public secondary school between the grades of nine (9)
12 and eleven (11). If at any time during his or her term of office a member of the student advisory
13 council ceases to be so enrolled, his or her membership shall be terminated and his or her position
14 shall be deemed vacant. This vacancy shall be filled by the public secondary school within thirty
15 (30) school days of the opening of the vacancy.
16 (2) The student advisory council will serve from the first (1st) day of May of the year it is
17 elected until the last day of April of the following year. A student may serve no more than three (3)
19 (3) Said student advisory council shall meet from time to time and shall consider such
20 matters as it deems appropriate.
21 (4) Prior to the first (1st) day of June of each annual session the student advisory council
22 shall adopt a set of bylaws.
23 (5) Members of the council shall not be compensated for service in attending meetings
24 except that they shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in travelling to and from
26 (6) The members of said student advisory council shall, by majority vote prior to the first
27 (1st) day of June in each year, elect from their members a chairperson who shall serve for a term
28 of one year beginning on the first (1st) day of June. Said chairperson shall serve as an ex officio
29 and nonvoting member of the council for a term of one year, unless the student advisory council
30 removes said chairperson from his or her position in a manner described within the bylaws of that
32 SECTION 2. Section 16-97-1 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-97 entitled "The Rhode
33 Island Board of Education Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
34 16-97-1. Rhode Island board of education established.
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1 (a) Effective January 1, 2013, there is created a board of education that shall be responsible
2 for and shall exercise the purposes, powers, and duties of, this chapter and chapters 59 and 60 of
3 this title. The board is responsible for the coordination of education from pre-k through higher
4 education and shall set goals and policies for the effective coordination of these public education
6 (b) The board of education shall consist of seventeen (17) public members appointed by
7 the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, eight (8) of whom shall be designated to
8 serve on the council on elementary and secondary education and eight (8) of whom shall be
9 designated to serve on the council on postsecondary education. The chairperson of the board shall
10 serve as a member of both councils. Six (6) of the members initially appointed pursuant to this
11 section shall serve terms of three (3) years; six (6) members initially appointed pursuant to this
12 section shall serve terms of two (2) years; and, four (4) members initially appointed pursuant to this
13 section shall serve terms of one year. To the greatest extent possible, the initial staggered terms
14 shall be equitably divided among the councils so as to protect against sudden changes in
15 membership and reversal of policy. Thereafter, all members appointed pursuant to this section shall
16 serve terms of three (3) years. At the expiration of their terms, members shall remain and continue
17 in their official capacity until their successor is appointed and qualified. Members shall not be
18 appointed to more than three (3), successive three-year (3) terms each; provided that the chair of
19 the board shall have no term and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. Any vacancy among
20 the members of the board shall be filled by appointment of the governor for the remainder of the
21 unexpired term. In the selection and appointment of the board, the governor shall seek persons who
22 best serve the needs of the entire state. No person shall be eligible for appointment to the board
23 after the effective date of this act unless a resident of this state. Members of the board shall not be
24 compensated for their service in attending board or council meetings.
25 (c) The chair of the Governor’s workforce board, or designee; the chair of the Rhode Island
26 commerce corporation, or designee; and the chair of the university of Rhode Island board of
27 trustees, or designee, and the Rhode Island teacher of the year shall serve as non-voting, ex-officio
28 members of the board.
29 (d) The Rhode Island teacher of the year shall serve on the board for one year, beginning
30 after their term as teacher of the year has expired. If the teacher of the year is unable or unwilling
31 to serve, a former Rhode Island teacher of the year shall be selected to serve on the board by the
32 commissioner of elementary and secondary education; provided that, the individual is still teaching
33 in Rhode Island public schools. The individual in this seat on the board may receive a stipend for
34 their service.
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1 (d)(e) The governor shall select from the appointed members a chairperson and vice
2 chairperson. A quorum shall consist of nine (9) members of the board. A majority vote of those
3 present shall be required for action.
4 (e)(f) Except as provided by subsection (b) of this section, members of the board shall be
5 removable by the governor for cause only. Removal solely for partisan or personal reasons
6 unrelated to performance, capacity, or fitness for the office shall be unlawful.
7 (f)(g) The statutory responsibilities of the department of elementary and secondary
8 education, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education, and the commissioner of
9 postsecondary education shall remain unchanged.
10 (g)(h) The chair of the board of education shall consult with the chairs of the council on
11 elementary and secondary education, the council on postsecondary education, the commissioner of
12 elementary and secondary education, and the commissioner of postsecondary education in
13 developing agendas, goals, policies, and strategic plans for the board.
14 SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
A N A CT
RELATING TO EDUCATION -- COUNCIL ON ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
1 This act would add the Rhode Island teacher of the year as an additional ex officio member
2 of the council on elementary and secondary education as well as the board of education. The act
3 would also provide that where the current Rhode Island teacher of the year is unable or unwilling
4 to serve on the board of education a former Rhode Island teacher of the year would be selected to
5 serve on the board by the commissioner of elementary and secondary education, as long as the
6 individual is still teaching in Rhode Island public schools.
7 This act would take effect upon passage.
LC001888 - Page 5 of 5Statutes affected:
6052: 16-60-2, 16-97-1