Education

Empty Seats: Enrollment and Chronic Absenteeism in Rhode Island Schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) today released a new report analyzing the linked trends of declining enrollment and increased chronic absenteeism. Using newly available data, RIPEC’s report helps explain why there are so many more empty seats in Rhode Island classrooms today than just a few years ago. RIPEC also …

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Funding for Multilingual Learners in RI’s K-12 System

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) today released a policy brief analyzing funding for multilingual learners in Rhode Island. The brief highlights three main findings: “Rhode Island is behind the curve when it comes to funding for multilingual learners,” said RIPEC President & CEO Michael DiBiase. “The dollars simply haven’t matched …

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RIPEC Reports on Changes to State Education Aid in FY 2024 State Budget

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released a policy brief analyzing changes to Rhode Island’s education funding formula in the fiscal year (FY) 2024 state budget today. For FY 2024, the General Assembly established an enrollment loss transition fund and poverty loss stabilization fund, and made changes to the poverty measure and …

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RIPEC Releases Road Map for Education Reform in Rhode Island

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) today released a report on the state of K-12 education in Rhode Island and recommendations to improve the education system. Through its in-depth historical and analytic study of the state’s K-12 system, RIPEC found that Rhode Island’s education system is in a state of crisis …

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Rhode Island’s Funding Formula After Ten Years: Education Finance in the Ocean State

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released a report on Rhode Island’s education finance system today. The report, the third in RIPEC’s series on municipal finance, found that the overhaul of the state’s education finance system a decade ago has been successful in increasing the state’s share of overall education revenues and …

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An Analysis of Charter Public Schools in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released “An Analysis of Charter Public Schools in Rhode Island,” a look at the key issues surrounding charter public schools in the state, today. The report outlines charters’ history and legal framework; school, enrollment, and demographic data; financial structures; and student outcomes. Following its analysis, …

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An Introduction to Municipal Finance in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released today “An Introduction to Municipal Finance in Rhode Island.” The first of a series, in this report RIPEC establishes a foundational overview of the structures of municipal finance in Rhode Island to serve as a backdrop for a more in-depth investigation into subject areas affecting …

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RIPEC Supports Borrowing for State Bond Referenda

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released today an analysis of the seven ballot initiatives totaling $400 million to be considered by Rhode Island voters at a special election on March 2, 2021. The report looks at each bond referendum in terms of its return on investment, consistency with long-term state debt …

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Reopening of RI’s Public Schools Is Uneven Across Districts Raising Troubling Equity Issues

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council report released today raises concerns about increased inequity across Rhode Island’s public elementary and secondary education system since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, entitled “Elementary and Secondary Education in the Pandemic: An Analysis of School Reopening and Distance Learning in Rhode Island,” analyzes …

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Comparative Analysis of Public Higher Education Governance

Providence (November 2019) – Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released “Governing Higher Education: A Comparative Analysis of Public Higher Education in Rhode Island.” “Governing Higher Education” considers the structure of higher education in Rhode Island through historic and regional context. It does so on the heels of the governance reorganization that is presently …

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