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