After a decision from the former RI Commissioner of Education forbade schools from requiring parents or guardians from paying for their students’ education, including school-sponsored field trips, and mandated that all such activities be made available to all students, legislation was introduced to allow for parental or guardian financial contributions on a strictly voluntary basis. We supported the legislation and noted that it appropriately ensured both that no student would be excluded from an activity due to a lack of income and that no parent or guardian would be compelled to give money that they cannot afford.

Sponsors

Representative Joseph McNamara and Senator Hanna Gallo

Status

Passed the House, Held for Further Study in Senate

Session

2021

Bill number

Position

Support