Providence Schools http://ripr.org en Steven Smith stepping down as Providence Teacher Union president http://ripr.org/post/steven-smith-stepping-down-providence-teacher-union-president <p>Steven Smith, a former state representative and the longtime president of the Providence Teachers Union, is retiring.</p><p>Smith says his retirement after 33 years as a teacher and union leader is scheduled to be considered by the Providence School Board at a meeting tomorrow.</p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 18:38:24 +0000 Scott MacKay 28894 at http://ripr.org Solomon on Providence's Chicken-and-Egg Problem + More http://ripr.org/post/solomon-providences-chicken-and-egg-problem-more <p>As the $110 million deficit of January 2011 recedes in the rear-view mirror, Providence still faces sharp economic challenges. One of the most serious is how Rhode Island's capital city desperately needs a broader tax base, even as its<a href="http://blogs.wpri.com/2013/08/19/study-providence-commercial-taxes-again-highest-in-the-us/"> highest-in-the-nation commercial taxes</a> discourages the very economic development that would improve the situation.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 22:03:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 21221 at http://ripr.org DOJ Settles Probe into Segregation of Disabled Student Workers http://ripr.org/post/doj-settles-probe-segregation-disabled-student-workers <p>The Justice Department calls this “a new day” for the Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities that were moved into segregated workshops and paid well below what they should have earned. The Department of Justice has settled with the state and city of Providence in a case involving some 200 workers.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:28:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 16865 at http://ripr.org DOJ Settles Probe into Segregation of Disabled Student Workers