Education

Langevin, Thompson Introduce Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity Education in CTE Programs

Bipartisan legislation provides resources to develop CTE curricula that incorporate cybersecurity training WASHINGTON – Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, today introduced the Cybersecurity Skills Integration Act, which will jumpstart the development of CTE curricula that incorporate cybersecurity skillstraining. “Protecting power plants, dams, and hospitals that make up our critical infrastructure starts with a workforce that is equipped with the proper skills,” said Congressman Langevin, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. “As operational technology is increasingly connected, it…
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Salvatore to Reintroduce Ordinance That Reduces Red Tape for School Spending; Raise Purchasing Limits for Providence Schools

Providence, RI - With the recent resignation of Providence Superintendent of Schools Christopher Maher, Councilman David A. Salvatore has filed an ordinance to reduce red tape surrounding purchasing by City departments. Currently, all city expenditures of $5,000 or more must be approved by the City Council. Councilman Salvatore's ordinance would raise the threshold for sole source School Department contracts from $5,000 to $25,000. "We cannot continue to stand by and watch as Providence Schools are crippled by overly laborious purchasing rules," said Councilman Salvatore. "It is imperative that we maintain oversight and a system of checks and balances, but we…
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RWU to Offer Joint JD/MBA Degree

School of Law and Mario J. Gabelli School of Business will offer only JD/MBA program in Rhode Island BRISTOL, , March 7, 2019 ­­– Roger Williams University will become the only school in Rhode Island offering a joint Juris Doctorate/Master of Business Administration degree. RWU’s School of Law and the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business will collaborate to offer students two valuable degrees that they can complete in four years instead of the usual five years. The joint degree will equip students to compete in the fast-changing and increasingly global economy, and it will provide an edge for those embarking…
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Child Care Providers and Public Schools Invited to Apply for State Pre-K

Successful Proposals Will Lay Foundation for Universal Pre-K in Rhode Island PROVIDENCE, ;– As Governor Gina M. Raimondo moves Rhode Island towards universal pre-K, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) today announced that a Request for Proposals (RFP) is available for qualified providers to increase access in the 2019-2020 school year. Since 2015, Rhode Island has tripled enrollment in the Rhode Island State Pre-Kindergarten Program, with more than 1,000 seats available across 11 cities and towns. Through this RFP, the state will provide access to an additional 540 children, for a total of 1,620 seats, a 50 percent increase…
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Our kids deserve to have financial literacy classes at school

Sen. Sandra Cano We would like to believe that every adult knows how credit cards work or how to balance a checking account, but sadly, we know this is not the case. We live in a complex financial time where this knowledge is necessary to succeed in life. So, why do some adults lack the knowledge about how to manage money and credit? Simply, these adults where never taught these lessons as children and teenagers. Some never had access to these lessons at home for a multitude of reasons, and more importantly, most of these adults never had financial literacy…
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New England dairy farmers provided $85,000 in grants to support school breakfast in the 2017-2018 school year

Student breakfast participation linked to improved behavior and academic performance. *Boston, MA (March 4, 2019)—* During the 2017-2018 school year, dairy farmers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont provided a little over $85,000 in funding to eligible schools who also participate in the National School Meals program to implement or enhance their breakfast programs. Schools used the funds to purchase equipment such as mobile breakfast carts, refrigerators, insulated cooler bags, smoothie machines, and more to increase access and offerings for students. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to reach higher levels of…
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Raimondo Proclaims March as ‘STEAM Month’ in Rhode Island Cabinet Directors to Hold STEAM Events This Week

Cabinet Directors to Hold STEAM Events This Week PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo today issued a proclamation declaring March as 'STEAM Month' in Rhode Island. Under the Governor's leadership, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) drive Rhode Island's economy and are critical to preparing every student for jobs of tomorrow. STEAM Month highlights the work Rhode Island is currently doing to support STEAM education and economic development. Thanks to Governor Raimondo, Rhode Island has launched: CS4RI, which made Rhode Island the first state in the nation to offer computer science in every public school; PrepareRI, which offers advanced coursework and…
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Raimondo Kicks Off Cybersecurity Competition to Encourage Female Students to Pursue STEAM

Rhode Island Joins National Girls Go CyberStart Initiative PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Education today announced that female students from Rhode Island high schools are invited to compete in the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program. This opportunity for students to explore their interests in cybersecurity and computer science comes the same day that Raimondo declared March as STEAM Month in Rhode Island.   “STEAM industries are a major driver of the Rhode Island economy. We must ensure that students have the skills, experiences, and career exploration opportunities today that they will need to compete…
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RIDOT KICKS OFF TESTING FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE PILOT PROJECT

  "Little Roady Shuttle" to aid research on autonomous vehicle technology" Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr., along with state and local officials, today hosted a demonstration of autonomous vehicle technology at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. The vehicles are being tested this week on low-volume roads in the Park as the initial phase of a pilot project scheduled to launch in Providence this spring. The debut of the autonomous vehicles is the latest step in a multi-agency effort called the Rhode Island Transportation Innovation Partnership (TRIP), which RIDOT launched in 2017. TRIP also…
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McKee Launches 2019 Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

$10K in scholarships available for high school entrepreneurs PROVIDENCE, – Today, Lt. Governor Daniel McKee launched Rhode Island’s second annual Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge, a business pitch competition that encourages high school students to compete for $10,000 in post-secondary scholarships. Last year, over 55 students from 18 schools across Rhode Island participated in the Challenge and 10 student finalists received a share of $9,000 in scholarships. The Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge is the only statewide business pitch competition designed specifically for high school students. Rhode Island students in grades 9-12 can enter the 2019 Challenge by submitting written business plans to the…
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