Governor Raimondo’s Gun Safety Working Group Releases Recommendations

PROVIDENCE,  - Governor Gina Raimondo's Gun Safety Working Group today released its final report, which includes dozens of recommendations for reducing gun violence, including proposals to strengthen mental health resources in schools, prohibit concealed-carry weapons on school grounds, ban high-capacity magazines, strengthen our permitting laws, and improve statewide data collection on firearms. The Gun Safety Working Group was comprised of 43 members representing public health, behavioral health, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and defense attorneys, educators and school administrators, veterans, academics, representatives of nonprofit organizations and other members of the community. The group was chaired by Narragansett Town…
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Education

Groden Center School Staff May Strike Tuesday for Safer Classrooms

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Educators at the Groden Center schools in Providence and Coventry announce plans to strike for three days beginning on Tuesday to demand safer classrooms for their students and living wages for staff, and in protest of management’s Unfair Labor Practices, if no tentative agreement is reached prior to the strike deadline. “We love our students and don’t want to be on strike again,” said Samantha Lozeau, a Behavior Specialist at Groden South School in Coventry.  “But we have tried so hard to get management to take our concerns seriously, and they continue to spend money on temp agency…
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Education

UMass Dartmouth renews agreement with Portugal’s Camões Institute

Chancellor Robert E. Johnson hosts community, Portuguese government, and university officials to celebrate global education partnership   On September 28, 2018, officials from Portugal’s Camões Institute, the lead Portuguese government unit responsible for the internationalization of higher education, visited UMass Dartmouth to extend a partnership agreement between the two institutions for two more years. Chancellor Robert E. Johnson and Camões Institute President Luís Faro Ramos signed an agreement that will fund six students as they pursue their doctorates and assist in the teaching of undergraduate and graduate Portuguese language courses. The Institute has committed $48,000 per year to fund three of the students while…
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Education

National Blue Ribbon School Honors for Three Rhode Island Schools

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized three Rhode Island schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. “I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees.  “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.” The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award…
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UMass Dartmouth joins national online education network

Online programs now more easily accessible to students across the United States UMass Dartmouth recently became a member of a national network that allows the university to offer its high quality, affordable online degree programs and courses to students in any state or territory in the Currently, states have their own online education regulations, which can make it difficult and expensive for universities to offer online programming outside their own state. The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) works with institutions to ensure that their online education programs meet strict, uniform quality standards that are recognized nationwide. Due…
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Community

National Blue Ribbon Awards Given to Three Rhode Island Schools

PROVIDENCE, – The Department of Education today recognized three Rhode Island schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps.   The schools receiving this honor are Colt Andrews Elementary School in Bristol, East Greenwich High School in East Greenwich, and Jamestown School-Melrose in Jamestown.   “The Blue Ribbon School Award is a tremendous honor, and earning this distinction requires hard work, talent, and vision from school leaders, teachers, and, of course, the students,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “Congratulations to Rhode Island’s newest Blue Ribbon Schools, joining the ranks of some of the most engaging, innovative, dynamic…
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RHODE ISLAND COALITION AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE RESPONDS TO ALLAN FUNG’S DANGEROUS CALL TO HARDEN OUR SCHOOLS

Providence, Rhode Island (September 27, 2018)-- The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) opposes gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung’s plan to “place a School Resource Officer or police detail at every school” in Rhode Island and “split the cost with each city and town.”   School resource officers and police details are expensive and provide only a false sense of security, as the survivors of the Parkland masacre can attest. By his own estimate, Fung’s plan would cost the taxpayers of Rhode Island $ million per year. In order to prevent gun violence, that money would be much better spent…
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Education

Providence Promise Announces Enrollment Milestone

Program will leverage the support of City and State leaders, Providence families, and other stakeholders to expand access to and affordability of higher education. PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge Elorza, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, and many other members of the local community joined Providence Promise yesterday afternoon at the State House Library to announce and celebrate the enrollment of the program’s 250th Promise student. This announcement comes less than a year and a half after the public launch of the Providence Promise program. Beginning in the summer of 2017, the program initiated its recruitment and enrollment efforts of Providence Public School students in grade eight…
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TEAMSTERS LOCAL 251 COUNTERS MISINFORMATION BY FIRST STUDENT

(EAST PROVIDENCE, ) – Representatives from Teamsters Local 251 distributed a letter regarding the health and future of the New England Pension Fund to the Providence First Student bus drivers today. The letter addresses the mischaracterizations that First Student’s public relations experts are relying on as they refuse to budge in negotiations. Executive Director Ed Groden wrote: “The Pension Fund began 60 years ago and has never missed a pension payment. The Pension Fund’s largest employer, UPS, contributes about 18 million hours annually on behalf of their 10,000 covered employees. As a result of their recent negotiations with the Teamsters…
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Education

Senator Jack Reed Celebrates Central Falls School District as an Angels in Adoption® Honoree To Be Recognized at National Event in Washington, D.C.

Central Falls, RI. September 25, 2018 – Senator Jack Reed will celebrate the Central Falls School District as a 2018 Angels in Adoption® Honoree for their outstanding advocacy for Foster Care for the children of Central Falls. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which coordinates the Angels in Adoption® Program, will honor Central Falls School District at an awards ceremony on September 25 and gala on September 26 in Washington, Central Falls School District is being honored for the work the district is doing with DCYF to improve experiences for students in foster care within the school district and the state of RI. The Angels…
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