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12/17/2018 New commission to study adult ed agency
STATE HOUSE – A new legislative commission will convene tomorrow to conduct a comprehensive review and make recommendations regarding the appropriate state agency to house Rhode Island’s adult education programs.

The Senate Commission to Conduct a Comprehensive Review and make Recommendations Regarding the Appropriate State Agency to House Adult Education will meet for the first time tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 313 on the third floor of the State House.

The commission was created by legislation (2018-S 2960) sponsored this year by Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) to explore whether the state’s adult education programs should remain under the purview of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. While the majority of states administer their adult education programs through their K-12 education agency, 19 states run those programs though their department of higher education, their department of labor or workforce development or their department of community and technical colleges. The commission is to consider the possible advantages of moving adult programs to another agency.

The meeting will include a presentation by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education describing the current adult education programs it administers. There will also be a presentation by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training describing the current adult education programs it administers, including Real Pathways.

The commission’s members include Senator Metts; Sen. James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton); Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner; Commissioner of Postsecondary Education Brenda Dann-Messier; Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen; Francine Pedchenko, who will represent the public; Career Pathways Director Pauline Abetti, who will represent the Governor’s Workforce Board; Community College of Rhode Island President Meghan L. Hughes; Department of Corrections Assistant Director for Rehabilitative Services Barry Weiner; Genesis Center President and CEO Shannon Carroll; Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies and Research Director for Adult Education Sabine Adrian; and Judith Ann Titzel of the Building Futures program.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923