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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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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Langevin Votes in Support of 2018 Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) voted today in favor of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” legislation that will fund the government through September 30. The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 256-167, heads to the Senate where it will be considered in advance of tomorrow’s funding deadline. “At long last, Republicans have joined Democrats at the negotiating table to produce an overwhelmingly bipartisan agreement to fund vital government programs,” said Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees. “Like any compromise, this bill is not perfect, but I’m proud of the…
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Olympic and Paralympic Caucus Co-Chair Statement on 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

WASHINGTON, - Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), and Tom Rooney (R-FL), the co-chairs of the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus, released the following statement congratulating the athletes competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games: "We are proud to support the Paralympic Team of 20 women and 54 men competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games. Their determination and independence is empowering to individuals of all abilities and promotes a more inclusive society. As co-chairs of the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus, we look forward to watching the Paralympians achieve sporting excellence. We are…
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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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U.S. House Passes Bill to Honor Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr.

WASHINGTON – Tonight, the House of Representatives passed to rename the United States Post Office at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, as the “First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office.” Sergeant McKenna served in the Army for 17 years, during which time he completed five tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He was killed in August 2015 while defending Camp Integrity from a Taliban attack. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced last December. The bill now awaits further consideration in the Senate. Congressman Cicilline’s spoke on the House floor a few minutes ago before the House passed His…
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Rhode Island Charter Schools Continue to Receive Overwhelming Enrollment Demand

Providence, RI - Rhode Island charter schools continue to receive overwhelming demand from parents and families seeking to enroll their students. Each year, Rhode Island charter schools conduct admissions lotteries on March 1st to enroll students for the following school year. This year, the 18 charter school members of the League of Charter Schools collectively received a total of 12,002 applications for 1,028 total available seats. 10,974 applicants will be placed on waiting lists for admission. “Our Rhode Island charter schools remain is strong demand from parents and families throughout the state who want high-quality public education opportunities for their…
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FSRI’s Police Partnership Therapy Dog To Be Introduced Thursday

PROVIDENCE, RI - "Justice," a six month old Golden Retriever/Poodle mix, will be introduced as the newest member of the Family Service of RI/Providence Police Partnership team at a Thursday, March 1 event honoring Family Service of Rhode Island's work partnering with police departments to help crime and violence victims. The event takes place Thursday at the Omni Providence, 1 West Exchange Street, Providence, 02903. The dog, currently in training to serve as a therapy dog, will be introduced during a speaking program which begins at 12:10 PM. Family Service of Rhode Island is receiving the Mutual of America Community…
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Local leaders and Advocates Praise Raimondo’s Quick Action to Prevent Gun Violence

WARWICK, RI - Less than two weeks after a tragic mass shooting in Florida that killed 17 students and teachers, Governor Gina M. Raimondo became the first governor in America to take executive action to establish a statewide 'red flag' policy to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a danger to themselves and others. Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Col. Ann Assumpico, local police chiefs, members of the General Assembly, community leaders, parents and students joined Governor Raimondo as she signed the Rhode Island Red Flag Executive Order at Warwick City Hall. Here's what local leaders…
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Pawtucket Announces 20th Annual Photo Contest

PAWTUCKET – Grab your cameras and snap that picture! The City of Pawtucket and Camera Werks announced the 20th Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest. Twelve winning photos will be selected by a panel of local photographers and placed in the 2019 City Calendar. This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring awareness to daily life, historic locations and the ever changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. The contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must be taken in Pawtucket. After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised in January,…
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