January 28, 2013
Selective Standards in Legislation (Uneducated and Unemployed)
Senate bill S0117 is one of those pieces of legislation that disguises its major effect in the description that most people will see (even among the minority of people who actually dig that deeply). The five initial sponsors of the bill are Senators Harold Metts (D, Providence), Elizabeth Crowley (D, Central Falls, Pawtucket), Paul Jabour (D, Providence), Roger Picard (D, Woonsocket, Cumberland), and Juan Pichardo (D, Providence), and it promises that it:
would provide for certain notifications that would need to be provided to parents or guardians of students identified as performing significantly below proficient on any state assessment
That sounds like such a reasonable "well, duh" requirement that one wonders whether it's actually necessary. Not surprisingly, it also isn't the first objective of the bill.