RI Alliance for College & Career Readiness E-News: March 2020
Advocacy & Policy
Analysis of the Governor's Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
In January, Governor Gina Raimondo released her Fiscal Year 2021 Budget .

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has prepared the following Analysis of the Governor's Proposed FY 2021 Budget . The Governor's proposed budget includes many items that will affect the well-being of Rhode Island's children and families. Please see page 3 of the document for all education-related content.
Events & Happenings
Community Day - Providence Public Schools
Community Design Teams have been developing strategies to inform the Turnaround Plan for Providence Schools.

Community Day will be an opportunity for members of the public to come together and give feedback on school improvement strategies that the three design teams have been developing over 11 weeks.

Those teams have been meeting regularly to develop solutions that will be incorporated into a public Turnaround Plan. Join us, watch your peers present and provide feedback ! Registration is highly encouraged.

El Departamento de Educación de Rhode Island (RIDE) y los Equipos de Diseño de la Comunidad, un grupo de 45 padres, estudiantes, maestros, y líderes de la comunidad, organizarán un Día de la Comunidad el sábado 7 de marzo para avanzar en los esfuerzos para mejorar las escuelas de Providence.
El Día de la Comunidad será una oportunidad para que los miembros del público se reúnan y den su opinión sobre las estrategias para mejorar las escuelas de Providence que los tres equipos de diseño han desarrollado durante 11 semanas.

Esos equipos se han reunido regularmente para desarrollar soluciones que se incorporarán al plan de recuperación escolar de Providence. ¡Por favor, acompáñenos, en este día emocionante!
2020 PrepareRI Summit 
PrepareRI is hosting an annual summit to connect leaders and practitioners from schools, colleges, government, industry and community groups. The 2020 PrepareRI Summit is taking place on Saturday, March 28 , from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m . Please register online before March 13, at 2 p.m.

PrepareRI is also launching a Student Summit this year, which will take place on Friday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details will be sent in the near future. For questions, please contact Wendy.Wallace@ride.ri.gov .
Research & Data
Rhode Island - Top FAFSA Completion Improvement
Increasing FAFSA completion rates is a fundamental step in state efforts to meet their postsecondary attainment goals. Students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to enroll in higher education, persist in their college coursework, and obtain a degree. Despite this, over a third of high school seniors fail to complete the FAFSA each year, leaving an estimated $3.4 billion in financial aid on the table. And the students who stand to benefit most, including low-income and first-generation students, are the least likely to complete the form.

Rhode Island is first in the nation for FAFSA Completion Improvement according to a report released by Education Strategy Group and The Level Up Coalition. Fast Track FAFSA Completion provides a roadmap for states and local communities to dramatically increase the likelihood that students complete the FAFSA.
Alliance Member Spotlight
The College Advising Corps at Brown University works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school and community college students who enter and complete higher education.

Watch this video and Visit swearer.brown.edu/ to learn more!