Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
June 11, 2010
RI General Assembly Passes Education Funding Formula
RI State House
Historic legislation that establishes an education funding formula for calculating state aid to public education in Rhode Island has been enacted by the House and Senate of the Rhode Island General Assembly. The funding formula will go into effect in 2012 and will be phased in over 10 years. The legislation will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. For more information, read Edward Fitzpatrick: R.I. on verge of formula for school funding and Jennifer Jordan: Assembly approves new school aid formula in The Providence Journal.
Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters
cover reading
On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, a national KIDS COUNT Special Report, at a policy roundtable attended by over 50 community leaders, including RI Education Commissioner Deborah A Gist, Providence Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Brady, Dr. Cynthia Garcia Coll of Brown University and Dr. Kristen Greene of the RI Training and Technical Assistance Center. The report contains state-by-state data, highlights factors that undermine reading proficiency, recognizes that gaps begin at birth and issues a call to action for government leaders, community leaders, schools and families. View photos from the event and read the article by Linda Borg in The Providence Journal.
2010 Factbook Survey
2010 RIKC Factbook Cover
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT invites you to complete a short online survey about the 2010 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook that was released on April 12, 2010. Your input will ensure that the Factbook continues to provide the best available information on current issues affecting children in Rhode Island. The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete and can be completed by clicking here.
College Readiness
Dr. David Dooley
In the latest episode of the Rhode Island Kids Count Television Show, Dr. David Dooley, President of the University of Rhode Island, discusses becoming the president of the University, opportunities for community involvement with the University and factors contributing to students being ready for college.

Jennie Johnson and Maggie BowmanView the episode with City Year Rhode Island's Jennie Johnson, Executive Director, and Maggie Bowman, Senior Corps Member, speaking to Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Host of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Cable Television Show on Access Rhode Island, about college preparation and access. For more information about City Year Rhode Island, visit www.cityyear.org/rhodeisland.
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In This Issue
starRI General Assembly Passes Education Funding Formula
starReading by the End of Third Grade Matters
star2010 Factbook Survey
starCollege Readiness
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