Education

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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Lt. Governor to Propose Legislation to Further Protect Consumers Doing Business with Alternate Electric Suppliers

PROVIDENCE, RI – In a letter sent to the Division of Public Utilities & Carriers last week, Lt. Governor Dan McKee announced his plan to propose legislation that will further protect Rhode Island consumers who are doing business with alternate electric suppliers while protecting potential savings realized from this practice. The goal of the legislation would be to ensure that any electric customer enrolling in a term plan with an alternate supplier will be dis-enrolled from the alternate supplier at the end of the term to protect customers from being placed on a costlier rate plan. Under McKee’s proposal, customers would automatically return…
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Latino Public Radio Launches Effort to Halt Station Sale

PROVIDENCE, RI - In response to a press release issued Friday by Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) regarding the future of Latino Public Radio (LPR), Reynaldo Almonte, CEO, President and General Manager of LPR is invoking The Public Radio Conversions Act in an effort to save the station’s signal at 1290 AM. The Public Radio Conversions Act, enacted in Rhode Island in 2005, prevents the sale of a nonprofit public radio to a private, for-profit or commercial organization. In 2008, RIPR used the Act to prevent Boston University’s WBUR Group from selling its signal. Almonte also wants to set the…
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Latino Public Radio reaches out to Government Officials for support to save the Radio Station

CRANSTON- Reynaldo Almonte, CEO, President and General Manager of Latino Public Radio (LPR) is making a direct appeal to Elected Officials in Rhode Island to support the station’s efforts to stay on the air at 1290 AM. The station is slated to go off the air on the radio after negotiations with Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) and the prior board members fell apart.  He states “Latino Public Radio is a vital tool for our community to stay informed on important information and for our government leaders to disseminate that information to Latino listeners.” Latino Public Radio is requesting that…
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Fung Campaign Responds to the Failed Leadership of Gina Raimondo and Stagnant Rhode Island Economy

(Cranston) - The Fung campaign released the following statement regarding the failed leadership of Governor Gina Raimondo and the stagnant Rhode Island economy. “Governor Raimondo claims things are getting better, but this report clearly shows that under her leadership the Rhode Island economy has completely stagnated. Per the RI DLT, the unemployment rate has only ticked down over the past year, and now another two hundred jobs have been lost in January. Rhode Islanders have had enough of families needing to leave the state to find good paying jobs. That’s why they are ready for the type of leadership Mayor…
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GOAL SEES BAKER JOINING GUN CONTROL COALITION AS ADMISSION OF GUILT

BOSTON - After reviewing the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on criminal data among Northeast states, the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts (“GOAL”) believes that it is yet another empty promise from elected officials providing themselves with nice soundbites for voters. GOAL is certain this MOU only represents an admission of guilt by our government for not doing their jobs to stop criminal gun traffickers. For decades, GOAL has been asking why our state’s existing gun laws were not being enforced. In Massachusetts over the last five years, GOAL has successfully passed comprehensive criminal laws that provide tools to…
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RI Division of Sheriffs Hires Nine New Deputy Sheriffs to Help Bolster Staffing in Providence Courthouses

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, and Chief Sheriff David M. DeCesare announce that nine new deputy sheriffs were sworn in earlier today to fill vacancies within the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs. They are among 21 men and women who graduated from the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs Training Academy Class of 2017 last fall after completing an intensive voluntary training program that included six weeks of physical training and classes that covered many aspects of policing and corrections. Chief Sheriff DeCesare said he was thankful for the decision to hire these…
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Langevin Presents Family of U.S Army Veteran with Military Decorations for Service during World War I

WARWICK, - Today, Congressman Jim Langevin, along with Rhode Island Veterans Affairs Director Kasim Yarn and Rhode Island Adjutant General Christopher Callahan, presented the family of former State Senator and World War I veteran Stephen Macomber with military decorations- including a Purple Heart- for his service in the Army. Macomber was born in Westerly in November 1889 and attended Westerly schools before studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduating from RISD in 1913, he taught art at the college before being drafted into the Army in 1918. Macomber served in the Headquarters Company, 77th Field Artillery Regiment,…
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Mayor Elorza, Community Partners Present Keys to Rehabilitated Property Problem property restored through City’s receivership program and robust community advocacy

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris, Jeri Martins, Home Ownership Manager for West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, Teresa Guaba, Community Organizer for Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R), and community members to present the new owner of 93 Superior Street, Juan Morente, the keys to the multi-family home. The once regarded problem property was successfully rehabilitated through the City's Receivership Program, a tool within the EveryHome initiative, and robust community advocacy led by N4R. "The rehabilitation of 93 Superior Street and its sale to a Providence family is a big success story for the capital…
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Cicilline Introduces Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. “Assault weapons were made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities,” said Cicilline. “I am proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban with the support of leaders in law enforcement. It’s on all of us to end this carnage.” “Americans don’t own tanks or missiles; so why should our streets be flooded with weapons of war made for the sole purpose of killing people? The…
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