Shimberg’s Passion is Equal Education for All

November 15, 2009 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

By Priscilla Lynne Young

Saturday, 11-14-2009

Betsy Shimberg has a passion for every child’s right to a good education. Her interest developed years before she settled in East Greenwich and was appointed to the Board of Regents for the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“My children have won what some people call the ‘zip code lottery,’” said Shimberg, whose voluntary service as a regent expires in 2012. “That is, they have access to a better public education than other, equally deserving children in our state, solely because of the zip code their parents can afford to live in. I don’t believe that’s fair. And as a regent, I have the ability to work toward changing that paradigm.”

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