Commissioner's Advisories

Rhode Island General Law (Title 16, Section 16-1-5) states that the Commissioner shall "require the observance of all laws relating to schools and education" and requires that the Commissioner "interpret school law." As a result, the Commissioner periodically issues legal advisory opinions. 


Older Advisories

Please email us if you would like a copy of any of these:

  • 09.02.09 Attendance Reporting Memo
  • 08.19.09 National Missing Children Day Poster Contest
  • 08.07.09 Open Door for Superintendents Memo
  • 07.23.09 State Fiscal Stabilization Funds Memo
  • 07.20.09 Communication To School Districts On Commissioner's Visits
  • 07.10.09 Communication to Superintendents on Use of Federal Stabilization Funds
  • 05.22.09 Daily Absentee Reports Advisory
  • 05.06.09 Critical Daily Absentee Reporting
  • 04.29.09 Daily Attendance Advisory
  • 04.02.09 Teacher of the Year Memo
  • 02.28.09 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Memo
  • 01.22.09 House Finance Committee Letter
  • 01.22.09 SALT Visit Recruitment
  • 01.27.09 Guidance on Collecting Information on Race and Ethnicity
  • 11.21.08 Partnership Letter Between RIDE & RIPBS
  • 09.26.08 Memo-High School Regulations
  • 09.11.08 Letter Regarding Algebra II Exams
  • 08.20.08 Report Cards-2008
  • 07.23.08 Memo-Award of Statewide RFP to Financial Management Information Systems
  • 07.23.08 Announcement-RFP Award FMIS
  • 07.09.08 Memorandum SALT Survey
  • 06.23.08 Permanent School Fund Distribution for Education Aid
  • 04.21.08 Advisory Regarding Staffing Policy - Students with Disabilities
  • 08.29.07 Out-of-District Transportation Letter
  • 07.27.07 Forthcoming Classifications of High Schools
  • 05.31.07 Development of Multi-State Algebra II End-of-Course Exam
  • 05.07.07 Mercury Spill
  • 04.11.07 Advisory on Algebra II Test
  • 04.10.07 October 2005 35 Percent Eligible Data Only
  • 04.10.07 QZAB application FY 06~07
  • 11.08.06 Oversight of School Health Programs Pursuant to Statute and Regulation.
  • 11.30.06 School Cancellation Notice Letter.
  • 08.18.06 Advisory Regarding Directory Information, Access to Student Recruiting Information, and Parental Consent
  • 07.18.06 Letter re. Medicaid Reimbursements
  • 05.16.06 Advisory on Statewide Efficiencies
  • 03.15.06 Advisory on School Health Programs and HIV/AIDS Curricula
  • 12.15.05 Distribution of 2005 Report Cards
  • 12.01.05 Enrollment of Students Who Are in DCYF Care
  • 12.02.05 Continued Educational Services for Students Who Have Been Removed From School for Disciplinary Reasons
  • 11.06.05 Advisory Regarding Students with Disabilities Parentally Placed in Private Schools
  • 11.06.05 Advisory Regarding Students with Disabilities Parentally Placed in Private Schools
  • 11.15.05 Advisory on Directory Information and Military Recruitment
  • 09.09.05 Hurricane Katrina: Resources and Teaching Tools
  • 09.09.05 Advisory on Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
  • 09.09.05 Constitution Day Advisory 2005
  • 08.05.05 NCLB Accountability Plan Revisions
  • Letter from Education Secretary Spellings re. Accountability Plan
  • 07.15.05 Final FY06 Education Aid Entitlements
  • 07.15.05 Final FY06 Charter School Aid
  • 07.13.05 Notice that Information Works! 2005 is Complete and Online
  • 06.20.05 Youth Health Risks Behaviors- Letter from the Commissioner
  • 05.25.05 Moment of Remembrance
  • 05.05.05 Impact of Assessment Transition Plan on Classifications
  • 04.11.05 Homeless Assistance Act
  • 12.17.04 School and District Report Cards
  • 12.17.04 School and District Report Cards
  • 10.29.04 Policy on Bullying Teasing and Harassment
  • 05.27.04 Gates Network Kickoff Registration
  • 05.26.04 Project Safe Neighborhoods
  • 05.17.04 Information Works! 2004
  • 04.26.04 Graduation by Proficiency Component of the High School Regulations
  • 04.19.04 Community Service Learning Applications for Funding
  • 04.16.04 Initial Guidance for High School Regulations
  • 04.15.04 Regarding Medicaid Reimbursements
  • 02.13.04 Guidance on InfoWorks! 2004
  • 01.15.04 Education Commissioner Releases Winter-Weather Advisory
  • 12.06.03 Transfer of School Disciplinary Regulations
  • 11.25.03 Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer- Revised;
  • 11.03.03 School and District Report Cards
  • 10.15.03 Regarding Coaching Certificates
  • 08.15.03 Unsafe School Choice Option Policy Letter
  • 03.26.03 Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer
  • 01.02.03 Advisory on anti-bullying policy
  • 12.13.01 School Performance Groupings
  • 02.16.01 FY 2002 State Aid Projections Based on the Governor's Budget
  • 02.11.00 Grade 10 Writing Conventions Scores
  • 11.02.99 Commercial Activities and Fundraising
  • 10.25.99 State Aid to Education Lawsuit Notice
  • 10.21.99 Notice Concerning Distribution of Commercial Materials
  • 10.14.99 National Education Summit 1999 Action Statement