After a decision from the former RI Commissioner of Education forbade schools from requiring parents or guardians from paying for their students’ education, including school-sponsored field trips, and mandated that all such activities be made available to all students, legislation was introduced to allow for parental or guardian financial contributions on a strictly voluntary basis. We supported the legislation and noted that it appropriately ensures both that no student would be excluded from an activity due to a lack of income and that no parent or guardian would be compelled to give money that they cannot afford. Positively, this legislation passed.
School Field Trips (H 5079 A, S 936)
Representative Joseph McNamara and Senator Hanna Gallo