Governor Lincoln Chafee en Governor Declines to Veto High Stakes Testing Moratorium <p>A bill halting a controversial test-based graduation requirement will become law without a signature from Governor Lincoln Chafee.</p><p>Chafee declined to sign the bill but also declined a veto.</p><p>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.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:31:58 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36105 at Governor Declines to Veto High Stakes Testing Moratorium Chafee on Testing Bill: We're Looking at It <p>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.</p><p>"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.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:52:54 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35994 at RI Pension Deal Details Unveiled, Pension Board OKs Plan <p>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.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:12 +0000 Catherine Welch, Ian Donnis, Scott MacKay & Dave Fallon 29160 at RI Pension Deal Details Unveiled, Pension Board OKs Plan Chafee Calls for Boost in Education Funding <p>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.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:18:11 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27759 at New Headquarters for WaterFire Providence in old Rubber Plant <p>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.</p><p>The old Uniroyal Rubber Plant building on Valley Street near Eagle Square is getting a second life after being shut down and sitting unused.&nbsp;</p><p>The arts non-profit WaterFire Providence will be moving in thanks to 800-thousand dollars in federal grants secured from the Environmental Protection Agency.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:44:41 +0000 John Bender 18828 at New Headquarters for WaterFire Providence in old Rubber Plant Bryant President Reacts to Tax-Exempt Legislation <p>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:</p><p></p><blockquote><p>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).</p><p></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:39:13 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18308 at Chafee Joins Governors for Invite-Only Education Summit <p>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.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:53:21 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 16648 at RI to 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