Education

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Since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, parents and teachers across the country are wondering how to make schools safer. In Rhode Island, State Police Captain Derek Borek reviews school safety plans and works with school administrators to improve school security measures. 

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What happens when people can be mortgaged like property? Sharon Ann Murphy, professor of history at Providence College, has received an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for her project "Banking on Slavery in the Antebellum South." She spoke with RIPR's Chuck Hinman about her research.


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On Wednesday lawmakers will consider arming campus police at Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island. The University of Rhode Island armed campus police in 2015.

The bill would mandate the arming of campus police at all state colleges and universities. The legislation comes amid a growing debate about arming school personnel, after recent, deadly shootings at places like Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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After the 2016 presidential election, Rob Blair, an assistant professor of political science at Brown University, began teaching a new course. It's designed to answer one question: is our democracy failing? And it’s proven to be popular enough to go nationwide. Blair claims that this is not an anti-Trump course.

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According to the Community College of Rhode Island, the first class of students attending the school tuition-free is thriving. 

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DelSesto Middle School in Providence is one of more than a dozen schools across Rhode Island using new computer software in the classroom, designed with help from Facebook. 

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Rhode Island lawmakers are re-considering the rules for reporting sexual abuse suspected of school staff. A 2016 law requires educators to report allegations of abuse to child welfare officials.

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After the latest mass shooting at a school in Florida, there's one idea most policy makers seem to agree on: If you see something, say something. But in one New Hampshire town, school officials and parents are finding that's a lot more complicated than it might seem. 

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In a win for historic preservationists, Brown University is changing its plans for a new performing arts center. The proposal for a new building drew the ire of some community members in the city.

South Coast Schools To Receive New Funding For Puerto Rican Evacuees

Feb 21, 2018
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Schools districts in Massachusetts that have enrolled students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million dollars in new state funding.

Fall River and New Bedford are among the districts slated to receive a portion of the funding. According the New Bedford Mayor’s office, more than 150 new students have arrived in that city from Puerto Rico since the hurricane.

In Holyoke, the school district has already hired more people to help teach 185 student evacuees, including specialists in English as a second language and special education.

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The deadly school shooting in Florida last week highlighted concerns over how schools protect teachers and students. The Ocean State mandates school safety plans, in coordination with multiple agencies.

State law requires all public schools to create such plans with the State department of emergency management, state police and the state fire marshal. Those plans are required to include procedures for evacuation, sheltering and addressing medical needs.

Classical High School, Providence’s by examination secondary school, is holding a 175th birthday party on March 20th.

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The single largest piece of the state budget – roughly $1.4 billion from general revenue – goes to education. 

Providence public schools have announced a new effort to train more teachers of English as a second language.

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A student at Providence's Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex was assaulted on Wednesday morning, after another student allowed intruders to enter the building through a side door, the district said.

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