Education

How Rhode Island Schools Compare – 2007 Edition

On September 4, 2007, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) will release its 2007 edition, How Rhode Island Schools Compare, a report which compares education finances in the Ocean State to the other 49 states.  New to this year’s report is a ten-year comparison on all measures, providing a historical perspective to issues surrounding …

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Summary of Governor’s FY 2008 Budget Request

Today RIPEC released a report encouraging an Investment-Based Budgeting process as a response to the proposed FY 2008 State Budget. The report provides a series of goals that RIPEC’s proposed Fiscal Get Well Plan incorporates. The goals of this plan include: A Three to Five Year Binding Cap on State Spending Growth. The Governor proposed …

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Funding our Future – An Approach to Fund Education in RI

Rhode Island has not had a predictable school aid formula since the mid-1990s. For over a decade, policy makers have struggled to develop and enact an education funding formula that insures school students, school districts and taxpayers, adequacy, predictability and fairness.  As far back as the Swearer Commission report in the 1970s, state education leaders …

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Cost-effective Schools for the 21st Century

On June 7, 2006, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) and the Rhode Island Association of School Committees (RIASC) released a joint report entitled “Cost-effective Schools for the 21st Century- Consolidation and Collaboration Revisited”.  RIPEC and RIASC prepared this report to provide decision-makers with information when considering issues of district regionalization, consolidation, and collaboration …

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Summary of the Governor’s FY 2007 Budget Request

The proposed FY 2007 general revenue request of $3.2 billion represents a 1.0 percent increase from the FY 2006 Revised Budget. If one adjusts this for deferring uncompensated care payments and converting a portion of the Judiciary budget to restricted receipts, the Governor’s budget would increase by 3.3 percent over FY 2006. The following RIPEC …

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Warwick School District Benchmarking Analysis

RIPEC was asked to review the central administrative function of the Warwick School Department.  The following report, Management Study and Benchmarking Analysis of the Warwick School District, provides recommendations for the District. RIPEC focused most of its attention on the operations of the Central Business Office (CBO), and has reviewed similar activities performed by the …

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Rhode Island 2010 – Charting a New Course

This RIPEC publication – “Rhode Island 2010” – builds on recent RIPEC work forecasting selected demographic trends through 2010.  There are certain socio-economic factors that influence eligibility for entitlement programs, education services and other programs, and the projected growth in many segments of Rhode Island’s population will have an impact on the resources needed to …

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