Education

UMass Trustees Approve $188 Million Capital Improvements to UMass Dartmouth Student Housing and Dining, and Science and Engineering Building

Package includes $ million public-private partnership to replace outdated residence halls and right-size dining facilities, and $ million to renovate university’s largest academic building The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees today approved a $ million UMass Dartmouth plan to replace outdated first-year student residence halls and right-size student dining facilities. The Board also gave initial approval to a $ million renovation of the university’s science and engineering building. These projects will be the first phase of Chancellor Robert E. Johnson’s plan to focus capital investment on the 710-acre UMass Dartmouth main campus, which has seen just one major state-funded…
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Roger Williams University Remembers President Donald J. Farish

Farish, who died Thursday, became president of RWU in 2011, striving to "build the university the world needs now"BRISTOL, , July 5, 2018 - Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish, who transformed RWU into a vital institution devoted to community engagement, college affordability and equity, died on Thursday, July 5, at Tufts Medical Center, in Boston, after a sudden and serious was 75. Farish, who became RWU's 10th president in 2011, was planning to retire when his current contract expired in June 2019, culminating a remarkable 51-year career in his seven years at RWU, he provided a vision for…
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Reed Helps Advance $179B Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill in U.S. Senate

As a member of the Labor-H Subcommittee, Reed helps boost funding for medical research, childcare, college affordability, opioid abuse prevention, & Childhood Cancer STAR Act WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to make critical investments in working families, public health, and education, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY2019 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Appropriations Bill. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who helped craft the bill as a member of the Labor-H Subcommittee, was among those on the full committee who voted 30-1 in favor of the bill, which would boost funding to strengthen…
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Bristol-Warren & Cranston School Committees Support $250M School Construction Bond

Providence, RI – The Bristol-Warren and Cranston School Committees voted unanimously last night to approve resolutions in support of the proposed school construction plan, which includes a $250M State GO Bond to make a once-in-a-generation investment in Rhode Island's public school buildings. Bristol-Warren School Committee Member Adam Ramos said, “I am proud to have been a part of the Bristol-Warren School Committee's unanimous vote in favor of the $250M bond and the plan to invest in our schools. We owe it to our children to ensure that they have healthy and safe spaces to learn.“ These two school committees join…
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NIEER Research Reveals States Choose Quantity Over Quality in Pre-K Enrollment Grows but Inadequate Funding Short-Changes Teachers and Children

New Brunswick, NJ—A new state-by-state report shows more young children enrolled in public pre-K programs but a troubling lack of policies ensuring the quality classroom experiences they need to get ready for kindergarten. The State of Preschool 2017 annual report, based on 2016-17 academic year data, finds states heeding the demand for pre-K and expanding access to publicly funded programs in a variety of settings. But instead of supporting quality early learning with adequate resources, most state programs invest too little to help children catch up with their more advantaged peers by kindergarten. “Recent changes in federal policy--including the Every…
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Secretary DeVos Approves Idaho, Mississippi and Rhode Island’s ESSA State Plans

WASHINGTON– Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the approval of Idaho, Mississippi and Rhode Island's consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "The state plans met ESSA's requirements, and I am pleased to approve them," said Secretary DeVos. "I look forward to seeing how these states dive deeper into the flexibility afforded by ESSA to innovate on behalf of their students." Allowing states more flexibility in how they deliver education to students is at the core of ESSA. Each state crafted a plan that it feels will best offer educational opportunities to meet the needs of the…
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WTU and EmpowerEd Release Survey of Teachers On Pressures to Change Student Grades, Attendance Records

WASHINGTON— The recent revelations of changes made to student grades and attendance records at the District of Columbia’s Ballou High School—changes intended to present a rosier picture than reality—represent not an isolated case but a systemwide problem, according to a Washington Teachers Union-EmpowerEd survey released today. Results show this problem requires overhauling school culture and policies through genuine collaboration between teachers and school administrators. A total of 616 teachers responded to the survey conducted during November and December 2017. The findings reveal two pervasive problems: administrators pressuring or coercing teachers to change grades and attendance records—and sometimes indicating their evaluation…
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Reed Calls for ACTION to Expand Opportunities for National Service & Reduce Student Debt

Senator Reed & student loan experts to host public service loan forgiveness workshop tomorrow at RIC; Federal program could cancel remaining student debt for qualifying public workers after they make 10 years' worth of monthly payments WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to tackle national priorities in education, infrastructure, and poverty, and help young Americans strengthen their communities and our nation while reducing the burden of student debt, Senator Jack Reed introduced the America’s Call To Improve Opportunities Now (ACTION) for National Service Act. The bill would increase opportunities for service across the country and provide young Americans with the…
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Rhode Island College Wins $1.1 Million U.S. Department of Education Grant

WARWICK, — Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced a $ million Department of Education grant for Rhode Island College (RIC) to provide opportunities for disadvantaged students to pursue doctoral studies. The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement grant will be distributed over a five-year period to help low-income, first-generation college students prepare for graduate school.   The McNair program is one of eight federal TRIO programs that are designed to provide services to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate studies.  Students in…
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