R.I. Ranks Dead Last in Education Freedom Index

With most of the public now fully recognizing the devastating impact of the pandemic related schools lockdowns and mask mandates when it comes to failing student achievement … combined with the increased awareness of the un-American, radical, and inappropriate curricula and theories being pushed upon students, without parental consent, by state and local education officials, teacher unions, Planned Parenthood, and the American Library Association … 2023 has been the year of school choice across America.

But not in Rhode Island, where special interest unions have thwarted all attempts at meaningful education reform.

Just last month, ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) released their rankings on how schools are performing across the 50 states; and which offer the most freedom and choice options for kids and their families.

The top three states this year are Florida, Indiana, and Arkansas – all of which received A grades. The worst F schools were in New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

With some of the highest spending per pupil among all states in the nation, Rhode Island’s academic achievement is barely middle-of-the-pack … and falling.

When it comes to providing parents with the educational freedom to choose alternative educational paths for their kids … Rhode Island ranks dead last!

A closer look at some of the rating categories reveals why the Ocean State scored an “F” and provides so few options to concerned parents. Among all US states, Rhode Island ranks:

  • Tied for last, offering $0 of public funding for families who wish to homeschool or enroll their children in private schools
  • Bottom-third when it comes to Charter Schools, free from burdensome regulations
  • Tied for last, when it comes to Homeschooling, free from burdensome regulations
  • Bottom-third when it comes to Virtual Schooling
  • Bottom-third when it comes to Open Enrollment

ALEC’s full report, with methodology and scoring details, can be accessed here.


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