PROVIDENCE, RI – In today's installment of One Square Mile Woonsocket, we focus on the Woonsocket school system. Serving roughly 3,000 students each day, Woonsocket schools face challenges like high poverty and low graduation rates.
WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Superintendent Bob Gerardi, who says the schools have not forgotten Woonsocket's history as a French-Canadian mill town.
WRNI – There are ten words none of us ever wants to hear about a loved one: "I have some very difficult news to share with you." What comes next can't possibly be good; we hope, and perhaps pray, that we have the strength to cope with whatever we are about to hear. Audrey Kupchan tells us what sustained her after she received bad news about the person who is at the center of her world.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Most Providence teachers will be rehired, but not all.
The Providence School District says it will recall about 14-hundred of the termination notices it sent out earlier this year.
Grappling with budget cuts, the school district had sent termination letters to every teacher.
In a released statement, the district says it will work with roughly 370 teachers to see if there's a matching position inside the district. And it will not rescind termination letters for 119 teachers.
PROVIDENCE, RI – A week and a half after his arrest on marijuana charges in Connecticut, Robert Watson was replaced following 13 years as the House Republican leader.
During a closed caucus, Brian Newberry of North Smithfield was elected to replace Watson on a six-to-two margin. That's a change from the unanimous support Republicans offered Watson following his April 22nd arrest in East Haven.
PROVIDENCE, RI – In his budget address Monday night, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras called on tax-exempt colleges, universities and hospitals to pay the equivalent of 25 percent of what their property taxes would be if they were not exempt.
The universities are open to the idea, but the hospitals are saying no way.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Selling a house continues to be a challenge in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes fell 11 percent in the first quarter, compared to the first quarter of 2010.
The sales drop was offset by a slight rise in prices.