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3/12/2013 HEARING NOTICE: Senate Education takes up several 'Moving the Needle' bills
STATE HOUSE – A number of bills that are part of the Senate’s “Moving the Needle” legislative package will be heard by the Senate Committee on Education when it meets Wednesday, March 13. The hearing will be held in Room 212 of the State House and will begin at the Rise of the Senate (approximately 4:30 p.m.).

The package of legislation was developed from recommendations of a joint report by the Senate and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council and seeks to improve Rhode Island’s business climate as well as its position on national business-friendliness surveys.

Scheduled to be heard are:

(2013-S0511), by Sen. Juan M. Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence), directing the Board of Education to set forth regulations that would provide a policy for the reverse transfer of credits from a four-year school to a two-year school.

(2013-S0512), by Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick), a Senate resolution requesting the Office of Higher Education to assist in the coordination and expansion of programs within public institutions of higher education.

(2013-S0600), by Sen. Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick), to provide for the establishment of a dual enrollment policy to enable high school students to take courses at colleges and universities and receive credit toward their high school graduation and also gain credits at the college or university they attend.

Other bills on the hearing agenda are:

(2013-S0638), by Sen. Erin P. Lynch (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston), to require all higher education institutions to adopt a policy and promulgate regulations to award educational credits to veterans enrolled in the institution for courses that were part of the student’s military training.

(2013-S0062), by Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket), to require private schools of higher education to give written notice of their closing at last 30 calendar days prior to that closing.

For more information, contact:
Randall T. Szyba, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457