minorities http://ripr.org en U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Praises Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/us-education-secretary-duncan-praises-rhode-island <p>Rhode Island, along with all other states, is being asked to submit new “teacher equity plans,” to the U.S. Department of Education. Originally created in 2006, these plans are designed to insure that poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates by inexperienced or unqualified teachers.</p><p>U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is praising Rhode Island for its work implementing its original plan.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:42:37 +0000 John Bender 37035 at http://ripr.org RI to Increase State Workforce Diversity http://ripr.org/post/ri-increase-state-workforce-diversity <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed an executive order aimed at increasing the number of minorities in the state workforce.&nbsp; It’s the fulfillment of a pledge he made in his “state of the state” speech back in January.&nbsp; Chafee said it’s important for the state workforce to reflect Rhode Island’s changing demographics.</p><p><em>“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.”</em></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:19:48 +0000 Don Borman 14962 at http://ripr.org Controversial Voter ID law Facing Changes -- and Maybe Repeal http://ripr.org/post/controversial-voter-id-law-facing-changes-and-maybe-repeal <p>Rhode Island's controversial Voter ID law -- which attracted a <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/100429/rhode-island-voter-id-laws-hispanic#">a lot of attention</a> after it passed in 2011 -- could be headed for changes, including repeal.</p><p>A bill sponsored by Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence)&nbsp; <a href="http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0359.pdf">to repeal the law</a> is set to be discussed during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing later today.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:32:41 +0000 Ian Donnis 11138 at http://ripr.org