Senator Jack Reed is in Woonsocket Tuesday, bringing a gift from the federal government.
Senator Jack Reed has secured $1.5 million for the Woonsocket Head Start program. The money won’t be enough to make up for sequestration cuts, according to Reed’s office.
Woonsocket will still lose 30 Head Start slots this fall. Statewide, some 370 slots will be lost.
Nationwide, sequestration has forced Head Start to eliminate and reduce services for more than 57-thousand children for the coming school year, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.
Organized labor has been beset in recent years with declining membership in the private sector and a corresponding drop in clout at the Rhode Island Statehouse. Unions have taken their lumps recently, but there were signs of a rebound during the recently adjourned General Assembly session.
Labor did not get nearly everything it wanted; building trades union leaders are unhappy that lawmakers did not approve requiring construction firms bidding on state projects worth $1 million or more to have a union apprenticeship program.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has some great news to announce today: Providence city government has won a $5million grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies for a program known as the `Mayors Challenge.’
Taveras has won some love from the New York Times for the grant that is administered by the foundation established by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which oversaw the contest.
The Times says that four other cities, Houston, Chicago, Santa Monica, California and Philadelphia, were finalists. More than 300 cities competed for the innovation grant.
Obama on preschool funding, career/technical education
President Barack Obama called for publicly funded preschool programs during his State of the Union address this week, saying early childhood education would help more children succeed in school. He also suggested that more high schools should offer technical degrees or certificates so that students can go immediately into the workplace when they graduate.