Under my leadership, the state budget annually contains significant increased education aid to the City of Cranston. Since becoming Speaker in 2014, Cranston has received more than $18 million in additional state assistance for schools – from $43.3 million to its present $61.9 million.
This steady stream of state aid to Cranston public schools helps relieve the burden on local taxpayers. Fully funding our schools also ensures our students have the resources they need to go on to productive, fulfilling careers.
The budget we passed this year also includes an unprecedented $250 million bond referendum for statewide school construction. I strongly support this initiative which will rebuild schools across the state, including in Cranston. Our students need to be learning in warm and safe environments and they must have modern facilities to better prepare them for the ever-changing economy.
I also sponsored successful legislation this year to examine the safety of Rhode Island’s schools and to ensure that school safety plans are adopted in each school department.
Keeping our students safe in our schools is of paramount importance. Along with the other members of the Cranston House delegation, we have provided the Cranston Police Department with funding to assist school safety officers throughout the city.