To: Eva Mancuso, Chairperson, Rhode Island Board of Education and Governor Gina Raimondo


We, the undersigned, call on the Board of Education for the state of Rhode Island, Board Chairperson Eva Mancuso, and Governor Lincoln Chafee to deny the renewal of Deborah Gist's contract as Rhode Island commissioner of education.

Why is this important?

Deborah Gist’s tenure as Rhode Island commissioner of education has been a disaster for teachers, students and parents. A recent poll of teachers commissioned by the National Education Association of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers found that 85% of teacher do not support Gist. An on-line poll by the Providence Journal showed that 79% of the more than 16,000 respondents opposed renewal of her contract. For these reasons and many more, we call on you to DUMP GIST.