Education

DeRobbio Calls on City Council to Block Superintendent’s Contract Extension Until Federal Settlement Documents Are Released

“Providence residents have a right to know how their schools settled a federal investigation into these abysmal learning conditions,” says former superintendent and candidate for mayor. PROVIDENCE, RI — Robert DeRobbio, longtime educator and candidate for mayor, calls on the Providence City Council to block a contract extension for Superintendent Chris Maher until the school department releases their plan for complying with the federal settlement around their inability to provide the minimum required English Language Learning instruction. “Providence residents have a right to know how their schools settled a federal investigation into these abysmal learning conditions,” said DeRobbio. “Right now,…
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Cumberland, RI To Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event August 29

Free event highlights ebooks and audiobooks from the library -- anywhere, anytime   What: Spreading reading happiness to communities across the nation, this unique traveling exhibit is an interactive experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available in Rhode Island. The Digital Bookmobile presents readers of all ages with an interactive experience exploring the digital services available at public libraries in Cumberland, RI. Equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more, the Digital Bookmobile has everything a reader needs get started browsing the library’s digital catalog of ebooks and audiobooks. Library’s staff and eReading…
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RIDE Announces $1.7 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to ServeRI Partners

PROVIDENCE, – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced today that Serve Rhode Island is now part of the agency’s portfolio. Serve Rhode Island (ServeRI) is the state service commission responsible for distributing AmeriCorps grants, and the operation has transitioned to be housed and administered by the Department of Education.   The move is in response to a 2017 law that dissolved Serve Rhode Island’s previous structure and incorporated it instead into the Department of Education.   “Enhancing education and supporting young people have long been key priorities for ServeRI and the AmeriCorps organizations it works with, so it’s exciting…
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Raimondo Announces Funding for School Safety

State Will Make $10 Million Available for School Safety Upgrades  PROVIDENCE, RI- At Asa Messer Elementary School today, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced that the state is making immediately available $10 million in funding for schools to complete safety and security upgrades to buildings. The funding will be available to every city and town, and will prioritize projects that are high-impact, low-cost and shovel ready. "I worry about my kids' safety every time I send them off to school, particularly in light of the tragedies we've seen recently," said Governor Raimondo. "No parent should have to worry that their child's school…
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City Council Approves $160 Million Bond Referendum for School Improvements

PROVIDENCE, RI - On Monday, July 30, 2018 the Providence City Council approved a $160 million bond referendum that will realize improvements in school infrastructure. The bond is a joint effort between the Providence City Council and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. City Council President David A. Salvatore stated, "As elected officials, we speak a lot about the importance of education in our community, but one of the most important factors of education is place. Our schools, most built in the last century, are in need of basic upgrades and some need even more complicated fixes. This bond will help to…
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Langevin Applauds Passage of Major Career and Technical Education Legislation

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act reauthorizes Perkins Act funding at the Department of Education   WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, issued the following statement after the House agreed to the Senate amendment to 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which now goes to the President for his signature:   “The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which funds important CTE programs in Rhode Island and across the country, has long been overdue for an…
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Raimondo Announces Universal Education and Job Training

Governor outlines second-term goals to expand Promise scholarship to URI,RIC and adults at CCRI; expand Real Jobs RI training programs LINCOLN, RI –* Governor Raimondo today announced her *Universal Education and Job Training *plan: A second term goal to ensure that every hardworking Rhode Islander can get the college education or job training they need to move forward in a good career. Under her *Universal Education and Job Training *plan, Raimondo will expand the successful Rhode Island Promise scholarship to make the second two years at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College tuition-free, as well as making…
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CCRI TO EXHIBIT ITS EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS AT WORLD WAR II VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK ON MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018 FROM 8 A.M. to 11 A.M.AT WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL PARK

WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND - JULY 20, 2018 - The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) mobile recruiting team will exhibit its extensive educational offerings for residents of all ages under a tent within Woonsocket's World War II Veterans Memorial Park on Monday, July 23, 2018 from 8 to 11 Woonsocket marks the first of six Ocean State municipalities the team is expected to visit next week. The opportunity grants City residents with direct access to key CCRI admissions representatives who can provide valuable information and field questions about enrollment, admissions, student support services and financial aid, including free tuition through the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship…
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Energy industry entrepreneur to serve as interim director of UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Phil Adams, of Westport, brings 30-plus years of experience in advising, managing and building innovative enterprises to SouthCoast’s leading business incubator Phil Adams, the former CEO of a Massachusetts-based energy management software firm that grew from seven to 130 employees under his leadership, has been appointed interim director of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). The CIE, located in Fall River, is the leading business incubator on the SouthCoast, currently housing 23 start-up companies, UMass Dartmouth laboratories, prototyping shops and conference facilities. The 60,000-square-foot facility is also home to Celldex Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company. Adams served as CEO of World…
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RI Council on Postsecondary Education welcomes new Chair & two new members

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island’s Council on Postsecondary Education today welcomed Tim DelGiudice as its new Chair, along with two new members of the council, Joseph MarcAurele and Marianne Monte. MarcAurele and Monte were appointed to the postsecondary council by Governor Gina Raimondo, and they were confirmed by the Rhode Island Senate on June 13. Governor Raimondo also appointed DelGiudice as Chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education and reappointed Daniel McConaghy as Chair of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education – the two councils will work together to align Rhode Island’s education systems. DelGiudice has served as a member of the postsecondary council…
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