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Roberto Moreno is vice chairman of the Pawtucket School Committee and a former Pawtucket school student. Susan Donovan, D-Bristol, is a state representative and retired Bristol public school teacher.

Education has the power to change lives. As a retired Bristol teacher and a former Pawtucket public school student, we’ve seen kids inspired to dream and achieve. We’ve also witnessed the deep gaps that exist in adequately preparing our students to succeed in a modern workforce. Add to it pandemic-related learning loss, the cost of living squeezing families, the availability of early childhood education (or lack thereof), and a student loan crisis that is out of control. We need a real plan for education. 

We need Seth Magaziner’s plan. 

Top to bottom, Rhode Island’s education system needs to improve — most urgently in kindergarten through Grade 12. Magaziner’s plan includes significant investments in career and technical education, taking a fresh look at the school funding formula to ensure all students are treated fairly, more support for multi-language learners, recruiting a teacher corps that reflects the diversity of the state, and continuing the work Magaziner began as a chair of the state’s School Building Task Force to modernize school buildings across Rhode Island. Because of his bold vision, 176 schools are seeing repairs and replacement for the first time in decades, including in Pawtucket where there will be a new state-of-the-art elementary school that engages students early on in science technology, engineering, arts, and math.

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