Raimondo Appoints Purcell and Thompson to the New England Board of Higher Education

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has appointed Commissioner James E. Purcell, and Naomi R. Thompson, Esq. to the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE). "Education is the ladder to the middle class and here in Rhode Island we need to do everything possible to prepare our young students to compete in the 21st century economy," said Governor Raimondo. "NEBHE provides us with incredible expertise and a forum to share and learn from our neighboring states. I am confident that Commissioner Purcell and Naomi Thompson will do a great job representing Rhode Island and I thank them for their…
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Education

Solomon Unveils Plan to Create 2,000 Jobs, Rebuild City Schools

PROVIDENCE, RI - *Providence mayoral candidate and City Council President Michael Solomon unveiled a detailed 10-year vision to rebuild Providence's neighborhood schools and create 2,000 jobs today. In an eight page plan available on his website<;, Solomon proposes investing $250 million to rebuild the city's schools over the next 10 years. The plan will create 2,000 jobs and ensure proper learning environments for students and teachers. "Our campaign's big idea is to strategically invest in education and jobs: the two keys to expanding opportunity and rebuilding our city's middle class," said Solomon. "Rebuilding our city schools will achieve many important…
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Community

Raimondo to Honor 41 High School Juniors with Young Leader Award

PROVIDENCE, - Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo will visit Ximedica to present the Treasury Young Leader Awards on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The Young Leader Awards are presented to Rhode Island high school juniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence and service to their community. Michael Pereira, Senior Vice President and Head of Technology and Operations at Ximedica, will speak at the ceremony. "I am eager to meet these talented students, who not only excel at their studies but also make meaningful contributions in their communities," Raimondo said. "They truly make me proud and optimistic for the future…
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Community

Central Falls HS Selected as Breaking Ranks School

Central Falls High School is one of 20 schools from across the country selected to present at the Breaking Ranks 2015 National Showcase. A team of students, parents, teachers, and administrators will travel to San Diego, California to the National Association of Secondary School Principals 2015 Annual Conference February 19-21. Here the group from Central Falls will present the school's journey through transformation. To learn more about this recognition, please read the press releases below.
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Education

LPR’s Educational show was about the newest report from The Anne E. Casey Foundation, placing Latino and Asian Children as one of the lowest in the nation

Rhode Island - Listen to the podcast and listen to the responses of the following guests.  The following guests on today’s show was Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of RI Kids Count, Susan Follett Lusi the Superintendent of Providence Schools, Dr. Frances Gallo the Superintendent of Central Falls, Freddie Fuentes, Executive Director, Office of Educational Options, Boston Public Schools, Victor Capellan, Deputy Superintendent for Transformation, Central Falls Public Schools, Patricia Martinez, Exec. Director, Family Supports and Student Development at Central Falls School District, Janet Pichardo,  Director of Family Community Engagement at Providence Schools and our host Dr. Pablo Rodriguez.
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Education

CollegeBoundfund Strengthens Investment Line-up, Offers Even More Low-Cost Choices

Adds First of its Kind Passive Option to Track the Morningstar® 529 College Savings Moderate IndexSM Series PROVIDENCE, RI - CollegeBoundfund, Rhode Island's tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan, announced that recently-approved investment line-up improvements are now available for Rhode Islanders to access. By increasing the selection of low-cost options, families now have more choices when planning for higher education. "Launching these improvements so quickly continues my team's thorough process of providing Rhode Islanders with the best options when saving for college," said General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, who is personally invested in the plan with CollegeBoundfund accounts for her two…
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Community

International Night at Shea High School

Dr. Pablo Rodriguez talked with Donald Miller, Principal of Shea High School in Pawtucket, RI. Shea HS is one of four high schools in the city of Pawtucket. Currently, there are 860 students, comprising up to 30 countries. Of these students, about 40-50% are Latino and 27% make up the ESL population. Donald Miller discusses the new NECAP graduation requirements, community and parent engagement, and Friends of Shea. Miller also discusses an upcoming event International Night. Taking place on Thursday April 10, 2014, this is a chance to celebrate the diversity of Shea High School. It will be a night of…
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Education

New Grant Awarded to RWU and Providence Public Schools to Improve Math Proficiency

Grant to support professional development for K-3 teachers serving English Language Learners in five area elementary schools BRISTOL, , March 19, 2014 – The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education has awarded a $145,000 grant to Roger Williams University<; (RWU) for the first year of a new collaborative program in partnership with the Providence Public School District<; (PPSD) aimed to improve mathematics achievement for English Language Learners in five local elementary schools from kindergarten through third grade. The new professional development program, PRIME-ELL (Providence Rhode Island Mathematics Excellence – English Language Learners) will create mathematics professional learning communities where local…
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RI Mayors Mckee And Diossa Join Bill Gates And Other City Leaders To Discuss Education

Providence, RI -- Today, Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa join a group of more than 50 mayors from across the country to discuss ways to improve public education in their cities. The event, entitled the "Mayors in Education Convening," is being sponsored in Washington, DC by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The mayors are gathering to discuss a wide range of topics that are uniquely impacting public school students in their cities, including the Common Core State Standards, school finance reform, community engagement, and innovations and successful practices for mayoral leadership in education. Bill Gates also will host a morning conversation with the mayors on the…
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