Reed Seeks to Educate RI Veterans About the New Forever GI Bill & How to Access Benefits

Expansion of college aid for military veterans will help more RI veterans successfully transition to new good-paying careers in high-demand fields PROVIDENCE, RI - After Congress passed a new law expanding veterans education benefits and extending the amount of time service members and their families have to use them, Senator Jack Reed wants to ensure Rhode Islanders can take advantage. On Tuesday, August 15 at 10:30 , Senator Reed will join with veterans and education leaders at the National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA) to discuss the benefits of the "Forever GI Bill" and opportunities for college aid for…
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Roger Williams University President Farish issues statement on the Violence in Charlottesville, Va.

RWU Chief Diversity Officer says: “Hate will not win. Hate will not rule.” BRISTOL, , August 14, 2017 ­­– Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish posted the following statement on his blog today regarding the violence in Charlottesville, Va. “Under the guise of exercising their rights under the First Amendment, a collection of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, members of the alt-right, and anti-Semitics gathered in Charlottesville on Friday and, outfitted for violence, paraded through the campus of the University of Virginia, brandishing torches and shouting racist and homophobic slurs as they confronted counter-demonstrators. Regrettably but not surprisingly, violence ensued, resulting…
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US Sailing Moving to Roger Williams University

National governing body for sport of sailing relocates to waterfront Bristol campus Sept. 15 BRISTOL, , August 9, 2017 ­­– Roger Williams University will become the new home for US Sailing on Sept. 15. The national governing body for the sport of sailing will move from its current location in Portsmouth, , to RWU’s Bristol campus. “This is a national organization that oversees many sailing competitions, so to have them on our campus is a feather in our cap,” RWU President Donald J. Farish said. “It is a perfect complement to RWU’s national powerhouse sailing team and to the Richard…
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Subject: RWU Criminal Justice Expert Creates Real-Time Overdose Tracker to Help Stem Opioid Epidemic

System provides the most up-to-date information in countywide effort to redefine how police respond to the issue BRISTOL, , August 9, 2017 ­­– Roger Williams University Criminal Justice Professor Sean Varano has been working with 27 police departments in Plymouth County, Mass., to develop a countywide model that is redefining how police track and respond to opioid overdoses – an epidemic that has swept across the nation. It's estimated that more than 2 million Americans abused opioids in 2015 and that more than 33,000 people died of overdoses in the that same year – up from 28,000 in 2014. To…
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Cicilline Statement on North Korea

PAWTUCKET - Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today: "We cannot permit the North Korean regime to have the ability to threaten our country with a nuclear weapon. The United States must work with China and our South Korean and Japanese allies to make clear to Kim Jong-Un that there will be consequences if he continues down this path." "This is not a time for escalating rhetoric that threatens to bring the world to the brink of war. It is critical that the Trump administration work carefully, and in…
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Reed, Colleagues Seek to Raise Student Performance Through Enhanced Teacher Preparation

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to boost student achievement in classrooms nationwide, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Chris Coons (D-DE) have teamed up to introduce the Educator Preparation Reform Act (), which seeks to improve the professional preparation of teachers, principals, librarians, and other school leaders by focusing on clinical practice so that new educators are ready to meet the challenges in the nation's schools on day one. The Educator Preparation Reform Act would overhaul federal laws governing teacher preparation, including reporting requirements, accountability provisions, and the TEACH Grant scholarship program. The bill places specific attention…
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Rhode Island State Police Announces the Suspension of the Ground Search for Missing Coventry man

Rhode Island State Police Announces the Suspension of the Ground Search for a Missing Coventry Man After Five Days Without Results Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announces that rescuers have suspended the ground search for Michael Neary, 50, of 31 Brassie Court, Coventry, whose wife had reported him missing to the Coventry Police Department last Thursday (Aug. 3, 2017). Mr. Neary's car was found near a wooded area off Burnt Sawmill Road in West Greenwich later that morning, prompting a massive search involving more…
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Raimondo Signs Legislation Aimed at Preventing Opioid Overdoses and Saving Lives

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott and leaders from the state General Assembly, today hosted a ceremonial bill signing of legislation strengthening Rhode Island's response to the opioid overdose crisis. "This epidemic is our single greatest public health crisis, and the legislation I signed today will help our state fight back and save lives," Raimondo said. "I hear stories from families hurt by overdose everywhere I go. Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Rhode Island have spiked in the past year, and I commend the General Assembly for passing legislation that specifically targets this problem.…
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Fifty-five recruits graduate from the 68th Providence Police Department Training Academy

The largest and most diverse class in the department's history has been sworn in as the newest officers representing Providence's Finest After an extensive selection process of over 2,200 applicants and the completion of 24-weeks of training, these 55 men and women represent the largest and most diverse class in the department's 153-year history. 27 recruits are first-generation citizens of the United States, nine were born outside of the United States, 19 are bilingual and the class includes 38 minorities and 12 women. "Today marks an important occasion as we congratulate the 68th Providence Police Department Academy on the completion…
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Office of Innovation Awards $600,000 to Support Personalized Learning

PROVIDENCE, RI - Today, the Rhode Island Office of Innovation and the Rhode Island Association of School Principals (RIASP) announced the three winners of the Lighthouse Schools Challenge: Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School in Foster, Barrington Middle School in Barrington, and 360 High School in Providence. These schools were chosen from a candidate pool of 30 and will each receive an award of $200,000 to support their continued leadership on personalized learning. "Congratulations to the winning schools, and to all of the applicants who offered bold, innovative plans to inspire and engage all students," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "These…
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