RI education commissioner tests positive for COVID-19, forgoes delivering annual address

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island Training Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green was notably absent from Monday night’s 2022 Condition of Education and learning mainly because she tested beneficial for COVID-19, in accordance to her senior advisor.

Infante-Inexperienced was ready to figure out the state’s accomplishments around the previous 12 months at the annual event, which took put at the brand new East Providence Significant University.

Thanks to her illness, her senior advisor Victor Capellan sent her “state of education” tackle as a substitute.

“She wished me to make certain that I reiterated that this pandemic is not around and we all should carry on to choose treatment of ourselves and each other,” Capellan mentioned.

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However delivered by Capellan, Infante-Green’s handle targeted mostly on transferring forward.

“We are on our way to something greater, we know that likely back again to 2019 is not the target. The intention is for us to shift ahead,” Capellan mentioned. “The target for us is to innovate, to learn from some of the difficult lessons from the pandemic.”

Capellan mentioned one way to do that is to continue rebuilding and revamping students’ studying spaces. He explained the demolition and construction of the new East Providence Significant University was made attainable by a $250 bond authorized by voters in 2018.

“The creating that we are in currently is a testament of what can be attainable,” he reported.

The R.I. Office of Training and Gov. Dan McKee are drumming up support for one more $250 million bond to support other metropolitan areas and towns change their university buildings.

“We are transferring beyond the ‘warm, safe and dry’ to genuinely innovate spaces that our learners can prosper in and our educators can truly do the job their magic,’ Capellan mentioned.