Giving Every Student an Equal Opportunity to Succeed
Let’s face it, creating new jobs for Rhode Islanders will make no difference if our own children are not ready for them. That’s why Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee has commissioned a national firm to develop a blueprint for improving our schools, due out in late spring.
Last year, Dan announced a public challenge for Rhode Islanders of all sectors to work together on a 5 year plan to bring Rhode Island’s student and public school performance to levels attained in Massachusetts over the past decade.
On his own “Call to Action” initiative, Dan has raised $35,000 in private funds for a study by Public Impact, a nationally recognized public education policy think tank, to create an action plan detailing the specific policy changes Rhode Island must take to improve public K-12 student performance. It will be announced in late spring of this year. Dan has committed to bring this plan to public forums in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns by June of 2018.
Dan has been a tireless advocate of improved public education in Rhode Island. As Mayor of Cumberland, he led the effort to redesign the state’s public education funding formula to create equity for all communities in state funding, and invested more than $50 million in improving district schools. He advanced the Cumberland School District to one of Rhode Island’s fastest improving districts by helping to create a full-day kindergarten program, and improve the high school’s performance scores.