House Passes Field Trip Funding Bill

(Providence, RI)--The Rhode Island House is passing legislation allowing school districts to raise money for field trips and other extracurricular activities.The bill, which is running parallel to similar legislation in the Senate, arose from public schools canceling events last year in response to a directive from the Rhode Island Department of Education warning districts not to charge mandatory fees.That directive came after the ACLU and Rhode Island Legal Services raised concerns about low-income families being put in a difficult spot.The Senate version is scheduled for a committee hearing today.

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