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11:20 am
Thu February 12, 2015

PC Student Released From Hospital After Treatment For Meningitis

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The first Providence College student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis has been released from a Boston-area hospital. Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison has details.

A spokesman from PC could not provide information about whether the student suffered lasting effects from meningitis, which attacks tissue around the brain and spinal cord.

Meningitis can have serious long-term consequences, including brain damage.

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The Education Blog
5:06 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Snow Could Push School Year Into Late June

Some school children in Rhode Island may find the school year extending almost into July because of all the snowy weather.

According to the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, districts across the state have taken at least six snow days so far, and some have taken more.

School officials are looking for ways to extend the school year to meet a state requirement for 180 days in the school year.

The prospect of extending classes into late June presents a dilemma for school committees.

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Politics
10:20 am
Mon February 9, 2015

URI Professor Reflects On Trip To Cuba Following U.S. Diplomatic Breakthrough

The Cuban countryside
Maureen Moakley

On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement to restore diplomacy with Cuba, University of Rhode Island professor Maureen Moakley took a group of students to Havana to see first-hand the political and social changes 50 years after the Cuban revolution. A regular contributor to our Political Roundtable Moakley spoke spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison.

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Education
9:29 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Providence Extends School Year, To Make Up For Snow Days

Providence Public Schools are adding extra days to make up for snow days, and the winter's not over yet.
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Providence Public Schools have maxed out their snow days.  The district has called 5 snow days, already 2 more than they planned for.  

Spokesperson Christina O’Reilly said the district will have to extend the school year until June 25th.  “At this point we’ve assured families, and staff that February vacation is not going to be on the table,” said Reilly. 

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The Education Blog
12:46 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Raimondo Shakes Up Education Board

Governor Gina Raimondo has nominated new leadership for the State Board of Education. The governor has announced several new nominees, including her pick for a new chair: Barbara Cottam.

Cottam, the Executive Vice President for Citizens Financial Group, was a founding member of Kids Count RI. She also served as press secretary under former Governor Bruce Sundlun. Cottam will replace current board chair Eva-Marie Mancuso. Her appointment must be confirmed by the State Senate.

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The Education Blog
9:08 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Narcan In Schools

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare took up a bill Wednesday to require schools to stock the anti-overdose drug naloxone.

Commonly referred to as Narcan, naloxone can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. 

The drug been hailed as a crucial tool in the fight against what health officials have termed an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths.

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The Education Blog
11:07 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Bill Would Double Tax Deduction For College Savings

A new bill introduced by East Providence Representative Helio Melo would double the state income tax deduction allowed for college savings accounts.

The bill would increase the maximum deduction from $500 to $1,000 for individuals, and up to $2,000 for couples filing jointly.

Melo, the former chair of the House Finance Committee, said he's hoping the added incentive will encourage families to set aside more money for college.

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Education
2:42 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

RI Education Board Chair: Tulsa Is Lucky To Land Gist

Chair of the state’s board of education said Tulsa is lucky to land Deborah Gist as its next superintendent of schools. Board chair Eva-Marie Mancuso calls Gist a forward thinker and someone easy to work with.

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The Education Blog
8:29 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Gist Going To Tulsa

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Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has gotten the votes to become Tulsa's superintendent of schools.

In a statement, Gist said it was a difficult decision, but she welcomed the opportunity to lead an urban school district.

She also noted that Tulsa is where her family lives.

"I know that Rhode Islanders can certainly recognize the attraction we have to our hometowns, and it would be a special honor for me to lead the district where I attended public school throughout my childhood," Gist wrote.

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The Education Blog
8:54 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Vote Expected Monday On Gist

Deborah Gist and Rhode Island Board of Education Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso announce standardized test results in 2014.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

The Tulsa School Board may vote Monday evening on whether to name Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist their new superintendent of schools.

Gist appears poised to get the job, after the only other finalist dropped out of the search at the end of last week.

Gist has said the opportunity to return to her hometown was too good to pass up. She previously said she wanted to stay in Rhode Island, but Governor Gina Raimondo has been slow to announce whether she wants Gist to remain the state's education commissioner.

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