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Executive Order 99-03
March 25, 1999


WHEREAS, improving the quality of public education is one of the most important challenges facing Rhode Island policy makers; and

WHEREAS, reading is a fundamental building block for educational success; and

WHEREAS, improving the quality of teaching is the most critical component in the effort to improve public education; and

WHEREAS, teachers need to be well-trained and knowledgeable about how to teach effectively and to be educated thoroughly in the subjects they teach; and

WHEREAS, higher education institutions need to provide an appropriate curriculum and appropriate professional practice opportunities for those entering the teaching profession; and

WHEREAS, our state must give high priority to recruiting and preparing teachers who can provide quality education for our children, especially chose who are in most need to be helped to learn, and creative means must be found to attract, train and retain prospective teachers; and

WHEREAS, to ensure these efforts, clear measures must be identified to gauge the success of teacher preparation and certification procedures.

NOW, THEREFORE, I LINCOLN C. ALMOND, by the virtue of the power vested in me as the Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as follows:

1. There is hereby created a Teacher Preparation Task Force to review current practices, to consult with experts in relevant fields, and to formulate policy recommendations on teacher education at the college level, with special emphasis on the teaching of reading.

2. The Task Force shall consist of twelve (12) members appointed by the Governor as follows:

A. Chair of the Board of Governors for Higher Education who shall chair the Task Force;

B. One additional member of the Board OL Governors for Higher Education;

C. The President of the University of Rhode lsland;

D. The President of Rhode Island College;

E. The Commissioner of Higher Education;

F. The Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education;

G. One member of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education;

H. The Director of Policy, Office of the Governor;

I. One representative of the National Education Association of Rhode Island and one representative from the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers ;

J. Two public members.

3. The Task: Force shall receive testimony from selected experts in the field of teacher preparation and education policy.

4. On or before June 30, 1999, the Task Force shall report to the Governor on the status and effectiveness of current practices, and make recommendations for improving teacher preparation including specific recommendations regarding the teaching of reading.

This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall expire upon the submission of the Task Force's final report.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond