Please join us on April 3rd for League Day at the Rhode Island State House with guest speaker Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner.
It has been 20 years since Rhode Island has put a state bond before voters. Look for a bond issue this year appearing on your General Election ballot. The Rhode Island School Building Task Force, co-chaired by Treasurer Magaziner, recommends spending $500 million in state bonds on renovations and repairs to upgrade our public school buildings. Magaziner says this is "once in a generation opportunity to get smarter about how we plan and finance school construction at the State and local levels." A recent independent study reported that Rhode Island's 306 schools need $2.2 blllion worth of repairs.
The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island's position on Education in Rhode Island says that any method of financing public education should provide for equality of opportunity for all students. Yet, Rhode Island does not set minimum standards for the condition of older school buildings. The average age of a school building in Rhode Island is 56 years. Three-quarters of the 60 high schools in RI do not have science labs. At Central Falls High School, half of the building was condemned due to a roof collapse. Rhode Island schools need $500 million right now to secure "warm, safe and dry" environments according to a recent survey. Our cities and towns need help.
Please bring your voice, your questions and your friends and join us Tuesday, April 3rd as we welcome Rhode Island General Treasurer Magaziner and together strengthen our Rhode Island community. See full schedule below. Let's ensure an equal opportunity for each of our Rhode Island students.
Jane W. Koster, LWVRI President
League Day at the RI State House - Governor's Reception Room - Tuesday, April 3, 2018
3 P.M. Social Hour - Meet and Greet - Outside the Governor's Reception Room
4 P.M. League Program
5 P.M. RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner Speaks to the League
Bring your friends and invite your General Assembly representatives.
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