Rhode Island

Rhode Island


About Rhode Island

About Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Commissioner of Education. The State Board consists of 17 members appointed to 3-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • State Board Members: 17 Members; Appointed; 3-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Board; State Commissioner of Education

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Daniel McKee

  • State Commissioner of Education: Angélica Infante-Green

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office to request that information.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • According to the Rhode Island Department of Education, 139,184 students enrolled in the public school system in 2020. The state has 66 districts, which are known as Local Education Agencies in Rhode Island. There are 311 public schools in the state staffed by 11,572 teachers. The graduation rate is 83.6%.

    Rhode Island allows school districts to set their own open enrollment policies. Families should contact their school district to see if this is an option. In some instances, districts may provide transportation for students who go to a school outside of their town or city. Other Rhode Island public school options include charter schools or magnet schools. Rhode Island also has over 170 private schools to choose from, which may offer a religious tradition or specialized curriculum. Low-income families may qualify for certain scholarships to help with private school funding. Additionally, Rhode Island families may choose to homeschool their children as long as they notify the state of their intention.





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