Elisabeth Harrison

PARCC Scores: RI Vs. MA

After just two years of PARCC, there is little longitudinal data to help us understand how students and their schools are doing. But one of the promises of PARCC was that it would allow state-by-state comparisons of achievement, so let’s see what we can learn by comparing scores from Rhode Island with our high-achieving neighbor to the north: Massachusetts.
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Political Roundtable: Matos on Clinton, Providence Pension & Body Cameras

Ward 15 Providence Councilor Sabina Matos joins Political Roundtable to discuss this week's presidential debate, the outlook for Providence's pension fund, and the significance of the body cams being adopted by Providence police.
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Phil Estes remembers his first visit to Meade Stadium on the University of Rhode Island campus. The year was 1977, he was a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire, and he played guard for the Wildcats football team, the defending Yankee Conference champion.

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Ever wonder why presidential candidates should release their tax returns? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay offers some views from a distinctly Rhode Island perspective.

On Oc t. 3, 1973, a 31-year old Providence Journal-Bulletin reporter named Jack White broke a story about then-President Richard Nixon. It seemed that Nixon cheated on his income taxes.

It turned out to be the biggest story in White’s distinguished career as an investigative reporter in Rhode Island, Boston and on Cape Cod. And It ended up as the final nail in Nixon’s Watergate coffin.

Major Thomas Verdi, a 29-year veteran of the Providence police department, has been named deputy chief by Col. Hugh Clements, police chief.

Verdi takes the post vacated by former Deputy Chief Thomas Oates, who has become police chief in Woonsocket.

Verdi has recently served as commanding officer of the uniform division. He has also been executive officer of the administrative division and has many years  experience as a detective, an organized crime investigator, in the patrol bureau and in SWAT operations.

The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission suspended reviewing National Grid’s proposal to charge electricity customers for the expansion of natural gas pipelines in the region. It denied the Conservation Law Foundation’s motion to dismiss the application all together, but left the door open for CLF to raise the issue later.

Ward 15 Providence Councilor Sabina Matos joins Bonus Q&A to talk about city finances, the thaw in the dispute with firefighters, Kennedy Plaza, charter schools, and more.

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State officials say a new initiative to increase the use of digital textbooks will cut costs for many students and make higher education more accessible for everyone, including English language learners.

The open-license, digital textbooks are generally free and can be downloaded on a student’s computer. They can also be updated or changed the professor giving the course.

A proposed Tiverton casino could generate more than $120 million in economic activity, according to an impact report commissioned by Twin River Management Group, the company asking voters to say ‘yes’ to the Tiverton casino.

The study was conducted by New Jersey-based Spectrum Gaming Group, a casino industry consulting and research company.

Though Twin River Management group ordered and paid for the study spokeswoman Patti Doyle said she believes the findings are reliable.

Sixty Rhode Island teachers are heading back to college to learn how to teach English as a second language. The program, a collaboration between urban school districts, the state and the Rhode Island Foundation, will cover the cost of tuition so that more teachers can gain certifications to teach English Language Learners or teach in bi-lingual programs known as dual language classrooms.

The Public Utilities Commission will rule Thursday on whether to dismiss National Grid’s proposal to charge electricity customers for the cost of new natural gas pipelines. Protestors who oppose fossil fuels are expected at the meeting.

This proposal is related to Access Northeast, a project that would affect electricity ratepayers in several New England states. National Grid, Eversource Energy and Spectra Energy are all partners in this project. They say the region needs additional gas pipeline capacity to stabilize electricity prices.

National Cancer Institute

The presidential candidates debated for the first time Monday night, and health care barely got a mention. Health care hasn’t exactly been in the spotlight throughout this presidential campaign. 

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