Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A proposed bill would allow school departments to charge parents a nominal fee for participation in extracurricular activities
The Senate Education Committee heard a bill last week that would allow Rhode Island public school departments to charge a fee for extra curricular activities. The bill (S 0112), sponsored by Sen. Louis DiPalma (Newport, Middletown, Tiverton, Little Compton), is a response to Rhode Island communities that are struggling to provide adequate education funding. “It wouldn’t require schools to do it, but it would allow them to do it,” said DiPalma. The bill was drafted after conversations with the Middletown School Committee about how to close budget shortfalls. To add additional pressure, DiPalma said that Middletown Public Schools will be impacted by the sequester, through reduction of federal aid. “It’s unconscionable and irresponsible,” …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The following was provided by the State House.
Saturday, January 26
Sen. Louis P. DiPalma has introduced legislation that would ease an annual nightmare for teachers, school administrators and school committees by moving the layoff notification date for teachers from March 1 to June 1. The bill (2013-S 0049) is aimed at preventing schools from having to issue as many unnecessary layoff notices to teachers due to budget uncertainties. “Because of the way the state and local budget systems work, schools have very little information about their budgets for the following year by March 1, when they are required to notify any teachers who might be laid off. The result is that they regularly have to issue pink slips to dozens or, in some cases, even hundreds of teachers to make sure they’re covered for the worst-…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The incumbent state senator has announced he will run for a third term. He plans to knock on as many doors as he can within his constituency.
Incumbent Louis "Lou" DiPalma (Democrat - District 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton) has announced that he will run for a third term as state senator. “Hopefully, the voters will see fit to vote me in again,” said the senator. DiPalma says he will knock on every door within his constituency to talk to the voters during his campaign. Patch wants you to be prepared! Below is a cheat-sheet on Dipalma's background, recent legislation and priorities for next term. Whether you vote on strictly the issues or believe that good people make good government, we want you to be able to ask the questions that matter the most to you as a voter. General Background: Family Life: Political Background: DiPalma said his greatest …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
For the past six years, Senator Lou DiPalma says he has been looking for ways to gain efficiencies across town lines. His most recent program will explore ways the state can assist in the effort.
For State Sen. Lou DiPalma, shared services have been a priority since he served on the Middletown Town Council in 2006. Now at the state level, he has formed the Senate Commission on Municipal Shared Services to continue to work towards that vision. “It is important to remain objective, so every recommendation must be backed by facts,” said the state senator. The commission’s objective is to provide the infrastructure and capital investment to incentivize cities and towns to gain greater efficiencies. “The eventual result is lower property taxes,” he explained. Back in 2006, he requested the town explore eight areas: purchasing, recreation, technology, grounds maintenance, finance, facilities management, human resources and the …