Governor Lincoln Chafee

The Education Blog
6:31 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Governor Declines to Veto High Stakes Testing Moratorium

A bill halting a controversial test-based graduation requirement will become law without a signature from Governor Lincoln Chafee.

Chafee declined to sign the bill but also declined a veto.

The bill bars the use of standardized test scores for a high school diploma until at least 2017. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who opposed the bill, vowed to keep pushing school leaders to improve student performance.

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The Education Blog
8:52 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Chafee on Testing Bill: We're Looking at It

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he is still considering whether to sign a bill that halts a controversial policy linking test scores to high school diplomas.

"We're still looking at it and talking to advocates on both sides," Chafee told RIPR on Friday, as he signed a bill making calamari the state's official appetizer.

Supporters say students should have to demonstrate minimum skill levels in reading and writing before they are awarded diplomas. That was the reasoning behind the policy, which mirrors a similar rule in Massachusetts.

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RI News
3:43 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

RI Pension Deal Details Unveiled, Pension Board OKs Plan

State treasurer Gina Raimondo and Retirement Board member Michael Robinson announce the 6-1 vote on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The state retirement board voted in closed session Friday afternoon to approve a proposed pension settlement. The board met in executive session for nearly an hour, ending in a vote of 6 – 1, with 5 abstentions.

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The Education Blog
9:18 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Chafee Calls for Boost in Education Funding

Governor Lincoln Chafee’s budget proposal includes thousands of dollars in new funding for public schools, colleges and universities. The $8.5 billion spending plan would increase funding for K-12 schools by roughly $38 million, and provide $10 million for public colleges and universities.

Chafee touted the power of education in his State of the State address, saying it should provide a pathway to a better life and a stronger state economy. He also made a strong argument for the role of government in growing the middle class.

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RI News
2:44 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

New Headquarters for WaterFire Providence in old Rubber Plant

The old Uniroyal Rubber Plant in Providence will house the new WaterFire Providence headquarters, but first the site must be clean, after being exposed to contaminants for years.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and Rhode Island’s entire congressional delegation was on hand to celebrate the unveiling of the new headquarters for Providence Water Fire.

The old Uniroyal Rubber Plant building on Valley Street near Eagle Square is getting a second life after being shut down and sitting unused. 

The arts non-profit WaterFire Providence will be moving in thanks to 800-thousand dollars in federal grants secured from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Higher Education
9:39 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Bryant President Reacts to Tax-Exempt Legislation

Bryant University President Ronald Machtley says he is "disappointed" that Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed a bill allowing Smithfield to charge the school for emergency services. Here's the full text of Machtley's official statement:

We are very disappointed that Governor Chafee did not veto the legislation previously approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly (S 0025 and H 5083).

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The Education Blog
8:53 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Chafee Joins Governors for Invite-Only Education Summit

Governor Lincoln Chafee is in Chicago Monday for a symposium on education. The event is hosted by James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, a group affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The institute says its goal is to strengthen public education by bringing politicians and policymakers together to discuss state-level education policy.

Politics
4:19 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

RI to Increase State Workforce Diversity

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed an executive order aimed at increasing the number of minorities in the state workforce.  It’s the fulfillment of a pledge he made in his “state of the state” speech back in January.  Chafee said it’s important for the state workforce to reflect Rhode Island’s changing demographics.

“I think America always has just been evolving, and this is just another ramification, it’s nothing really new it’s just more people of color of other nationalities.”

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