State senators to file legislation based on education report

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State senators have released a report about Rhode Island's educational system and say they're planning to file bills based on the recommendations.

The Senate Education Committee released its report Thursday. Democratic Sen. Hanna Gallo, committee chairwoman, says it will lead to important legislation aimed at building a workforce commensurate with the needs of the 21st century.

The report focuses on improving student performance to support workforce needs, improving access to world language training, modifying high school graduation requirements, re-examining postsecondary education opportunities for foster youth and improving access to quality adult education and workforce training.

Gallo is working on a bill to encourage arts education. Other senators are working on legislation to create dual language immersion programs and to develop a plan for science technology, engineering, arts and math education.

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