Gregg Amore http://ripr.org en Explaining The Common Core Education Standards http://ripr.org/post/explaining-common-core-education-standards <p>Rhode Island lawmakers are slated to consider a bill Wednesday that takes on one of the&nbsp; most contentious issues in public education. The bill calls for a commission to study the Common Core Standards, a new set of national standards for K-12 classrooms.</p><p>Rhode Island teachers are already using the standards, and they will soon give students a new standardized test to go with them, but a growing number of critics charge the standards are stressing students out.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:29:35 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29681 at http://ripr.org Explaining The Common Core Education Standards Hearing Slated for Opponents of Common Core http://ripr.org/post/hearing-slated-opponents-common-core <p>State lawmakers are scheduled to consider a bill that could have major consequences for classrooms across the state.</p><p>The bill, sponsored by East Providence Representative Gregg Amore, would halt the adoption of new standardized testing, known as PARCC, which is linked to the Common Core, a new set of national standards for public schools. The bill is scheduled for a committee hearing on Wednesday.</p><p>Rhode Island has begun adopting the standards, although opponents charge they are untested and require further study.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:42:16 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29569 at http://ripr.org Proposal Would Require Breath Test to Start Car http://ripr.org/post/proposal-would-require-breath-test-start-car <p>Rhode Island state representative Gregg Amore is proposing a crackdown on drunk drivers.&nbsp; Under a bill he submitted, drivers with a DUI conviction or those who refuse a breath test would be required to have ignition interlock systems installed in their cars. The device requires a driver to submit to a breath test before starting their car. &nbsp;<br><br>Seventeen other states have similar laws, including Connecticut and New York.<br><br>According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, states where ignition interlock programs have significantly reduced recidivism rates.<br> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:20:51 +0000 Flo Jonic 11433 at http://ripr.org