DiPalma: Education – The key to a better job, better wages and better future

Education is the key to a better job, better wages, and a better future. The economies of today and tomorrow require a workforce with some form of postsecondary education, including certification and credentialing. Since the economic recovery began in January 2010, approximately 11.6 million jobs have been created.  Of those jobs, greater than 11.5 million…

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  1. Thank you Sen Lou DiPalma for urging action on RI’s public education system that is leaving far too many of its students poorly prepared for the workplace.

    Your concerns prompted solution-oriented Aquidneck Island citizens starting in Oct 2012 to champion three different charter school proposals to address glaring gender/racial/socio-economic gaps that NECAP test data showed was developing as early as grade 3.

    Sadly, most of the RI focus to date, has been on deploying “just-in-time” heroic measures at the high school level to pump-up graduation rates. We all know what’s needed to deliver high-achieving academic performance; other states began their reform efforts years ago.

    Unfortunately, most of RI’s educational stakeholders engage in denial, “blame shifting,” or are now clamoring for new school buildings.

    If we are waiting for some kind of RI grassroots reform effort to take hold, we’ll be waiting a long time. We hope that other state and local elected (and union) leaders will muster the personal courage to speak up on this highly-charged challenge. The economic well-being of RI hangs in the balance. #GiddyUpRI