The University of Rhode Island has announced a $24 million grant to help rebuild fisheries in Ghana. The grant for the Coastal Resources Center at the School of Oceanography is the largest in URI's history.
The money will fund a project in collaboration with USAID's Feed the Future initiative, attempting to curb over-fishing in Ghana. The project aims to help Ghana develop new fishing regulations and a management plan to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks.
Central Falls High School biology teacher David Upegui has been awarded the Evolution Education Award from the National Association of Biology teachers. Upegui got an unexpected visit Tuesday from Governor Lincoln to congratulate him on winning the award.
The Rhode Island Department of Education says the award recognizes innovative teaching in biology. RIDE officials credit Upegui for initiating a new curriculum that makes evolution the first course in Life Sciences.
A teacher at Chariho High School has been arrested and second time and faces additional charges stemming an alleged relationship with a student.
Paul LaFrance was charged with another count of third degree sexual assault for an incident that allegedly occurred in his West Greenwich home. He has also been charged with possession of child pornography and giving indecent materials to a minor.
Bucking a national trend, a new report finds Rhode Island saw a drop in homeless school children in the 2012-2013 school year.
The report from the American Institutes for Research National Center on Family Homelessness found 1,849 homeless children in the 2012-2013 school year. That was down from 1,984 homeless children the prior year.
In the second year of Rhode Island's new teacher evaluation system, 98 percent of teachers and 99 percent of public school administrators were rated effective or highly effective, the two highest categories.
More than 56 percent of teachers were ranked highly effective, the highest category, up from 47 percent in 2012-2013.
Just 2 percent of teachers were rated in the lower categories of developing or ineffective, meaning they need to make improvements.
Community College faculty and alumni gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday, as Governor Lincoln Chafee officially declared November 12th "CCRI Day."
CCRI is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. President Ray DiPasquale emphasized the college's efforts to educate Rhode Islanders.
"It's 40,000 students during the course of a year, 64,000 alums, and they all live in Rhode Island, and 1,200 employees," DiPasquale said. "So when you think about all that, it’s truly an economic engine for the state."
The Project on Student Debt is out with its annual report, and the news is not good for students at Rhode Island's colleges and universities.
According to the report, students graduating from local institutions in 2013 had the fourth highest debt burdens in the country, averaging $31,561. Rhode Island's rank worsened from fifth highest for the class of 2012, when the average for student loans stood at $31,156.
The national average for student debt was $28,400.