Board of Education

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The 17-member Rhode Island Board of Education was created by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 2014 and replaced the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Governors for Higher Education. This consolidated governance of all public education in Rhode Island is an innovative integration of policymaking and planning for elementary, secondary and higher public education in our state.

Fact

36

The number of locally governed school districts in RI's public primary and secondary education system.

Did You Know...

The Rhode Island higher education system (URI, RIC and CCRI):

  • provides instruction to approximately 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year.
  • employs approximately 4,500 faculty and support staff.
  • has a combined operating  budget of approximately $1 billion per year.


The Rhode Island public elementary and secondary education system:

  • provides education to approximately 143,000 students each year.
  • has a cumulative annual budget of $ 2.2 billion
  • employs approximately 21,000 teachers, administrators and staff.

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