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1/25/2019 Media Advisory: Adult education commission meets next week
STATE HOUSE – A legislative commission studying the appropriate state agency to house Rhode Island’s adult education programs will meet next week for presentations from several administrators of 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 Monday, Jan. 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House.

The meeting will include a presentation by Joanne McGunagle, president and CEO of  Comprehensive Community Action Program regarding the current and future placement of the Adult Education programs; A presentation by Community College of Rhode Island President Meghan Hughes regarding the agency best positioned to house adult education and the principles that should support the development of a statewide strategy on adult education; and a presentation by Administrator of Adult Basic Education and GED Programs Philip Less, representing the adult education employees currently employed by the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The commission members will also hold a discussion about which state agency should house adult education.

Public comment will be accepted at this meeting.

The commission was created by legislation (2018-S 2960) sponsored last 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.

For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558