Education

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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Fallece ex primera dama estadounidense Barbara Bush

La ex Primera dama de Estados Unidos, Barbara Bush, ha muerto a los 92 años, informó un portavoz de la familia. La señora Bush, fue solo una de dos primeras damas estadounidenses que también fue madre de un presidente. La otra era Abigail Adams, esposa de John Adams y madre de John Quincy Adams. La manera sencilla de hablar de la Sra. Bush y su total falta de pretensiones la hicieron más popular que su esposo. Ella trajo un estilo de abuela a Washington, con sus característicos collares de perlas falsas y mostrando sin vanidad su cabello blanco y sus…
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Juntos Rhode Island una iniciativa de Rhode Island Foundation

El pasado sábado se reunió un grupo de personas de las ciudades de Central Falls y Pawtucket, donde se proclamó que estas comunidades ya tienen una Voz. Es claro que nadie conoce mejor su ciudad y el estado que sus residentes, la reunión empezó con un desayuno y la bienvenida a los participantes. Estuvo presente el alcalde Don Grebien de la ciudad de Pawtucket quien conversó sobre diferentes temas. La diversidad se sintió en el lugar, que contó con intérpretes y material en varios idiomas. El dialogo fue amigable en las diferentes mesas, en el recorrido realizado por LPR escuchamos…
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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 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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Lt. Gov. McKee Reports Progress in Effort to Return Utility Tax Windfall to Consumers

PROVIDENCE, – Today, Lt. Governor Dan McKee reported progress in his bold effort to ensure millions in corporate tax windfall are returned to Rhode Island utility customers in the form of a rate reduction. According to a letter sent by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to National Grid on March 12, the PUC is answering McKee’s call by directing National Grid to create a plan to revise current utility rates to reflect the reduction in the federal corporate tax from 35 to 21 percent retroactive to January 1. McKee first called on the PUC to order a recalculation of National…
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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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Rep. Giarrusso Calls for an End to Traffic Cameras

STATE HOUSE -- Senior Deputy Minority Leader Anthony Giarrusso (R-District 30 East Greenwich, West Greenwich) has introduced legislation to end the use of traffic cameras in Rhode Island. House bill 7760 would repeal the Automated Traffic Violation Monitoring Act of 2005 in its entirety, eliminating all traffic camera systems including red light and speed cameras. If passed, Rhode Island would join ten other states prohibiting communities from using red light or speed cameras. “These camera systems are nothing more than a government cash grab. They penalize the registered owner of a vehicle rather than the person actually driving which is…
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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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