Approval of Question 2 will invest over $70 million to upgrade existing facilities and construct new facilities at URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus and RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development. These investments will provide students with the state-of-the-art technology and facilities necessary to compete for high demand jobs in the fields of ocean sciences and teaching, and will bolster Rhode Island’s reputation as a leader in these fields.

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On November 6th, vote yes on Question 2!

Why vote yes?

The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography and Rhode Island College’s (RIC) Feinstein School of Education and Human Development are known for their leadership and excellence. Students from these programs are being prepared to enter the high demand fields of ocean sciences and teaching, and they’re making significant impacts in Rhode Island and around the world.

Advancements in ocean sciences and teacher education have accelerated rapidly, and we must invest in our public colleges and universities to keep up.

Approval of Question 2 will:

  • Invest over $70 million to construct and re-design facilities at URI and RIC to ensure Rhode Island remains a leader in ocean science and teaching.
  • Provide URI and RIC students with the most advanced tools and facilities to compete for high wage jobs.
  • Install state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology to help educate Rhode Island students.

 

RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development has been a regional and national leader in teacher education since the school’s founding in 1854, preparing more teachers for Rhode Island’s classrooms each year than any other institution. Today’s educators must be prepared to use the latest technological tools in flexible learning spaces in order to engage students of all populations and ability levels. While teacher education and K-12 education has significantly evolved in the past 50 years, RIC’s primary facility for teacher education – Horace Mann Hall – has had no significant upgrade since its dedication in 1971.

Approval of Question 2 would authorize $25 million for facility enhancements at RIC’s Horace Mann Hall that would:

  • Re-design and transform teacher education workspace.
  • Enable Rhode Island’s future teachers to be more responsive to English language learners, students with special needs, and all K-12 students.
  • Invest in cutting-edge technology for modern day cooperative learning, personalized learning, mentoring and coaching.
  • Provide future teachers with spaces to engage in real-world practical experiences.
  • Better prepare future teachers to enter Rhode Island classrooms.

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On November 6th, vote yes on Question 2!

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