Central Falls High School http://ripr.org en Viola Davis on Success and Growing up in Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/viola-davis-success-and-growing-central-falls <p>Award-winning actor Viola Davis made a stop at Bryant University on Friday during the annual Women’s Summit.</p><p>The theme of this year’s conference: “being the CEO of your own life.”</p><p>Davis says part of what has made her successful as an actor is her experience growing up in Central Falls.</p><p>"Every experience growing up in a dysfunctional family with alcoholism, with poverty, with being the geek always into theater and the Rhode Island State Drama Festival, that has been the wellspring of me as an actor," Davis said.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:37:46 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30459 at http://ripr.org Viola Davis on Success and Growing up in Central Falls Central Falls High School, Three Years After A Mass Firing http://ripr.org/post/central-falls-high-school-three-years-after-mass-firing <p>For several years we’ve been following the struggling Central Falls School district.</p><p>The high school grabbed national headlines when it fired all of its teachers back in 2010.</p><p>The fired teachers were later rehired by the district, but the firings left Central Falls High School in an uproar.</p><p>Three years later, Rhode Island Public Radio's Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison found signs of progress at the school, but scars from the mass firings remain.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:14:08 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27011 at http://ripr.org Central Falls High School, Three Years After A Mass Firing Signs of Improvement at Central Falls High School http://ripr.org/post/signs-improvement-central-falls-high-school <p>Three years after a state order to dramatically overhaul Central Falls High School, a new report finds evidence of progress. The Education Alliance at Brown University conducted the study, which finds school culture and parent involvement have improved significantly.</p><p></p><p>The graduation rate at Central Falls High is up from 48 percent in 2009 to 70 percent last year. Superintendent of Central Falls Schools Fran Gallo says it took an all-out effort from school staff to keep students from dropping out.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:06:29 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 23412 at http://ripr.org Pawtucket Police Do Not Believe Missing Woman Was Abducted http://ripr.org/post/pawtucket-police-do-not-believe-missing-woman-was-abducted <p>There&#39;s still no sign of that pregnant Pawtucket woman who vanished a week ago. But police say there&rsquo;s no evidence to support the theory that the woman has been abducted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Twenty-one-year-old Luisa Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt&rsquo;s home in Pawtucket.&nbsp; The day before she disappeared she had reported a sexual assault to police. Her family fears her assailants came back to silence her. But Pawtucket Police spokesman Arthur Martins said there&rsquo;s no evidence to support a kidnapping theory.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:41:02 +0000 Flo Jonic 23297 at http://ripr.org Pawtucket Police Do Not Believe Missing Woman Was Abducted UPDATE: At This Time Police Do Not Believe Missing Pawtucket Woman Was Abducted http://ripr.org/post/update-time-police-do-not-believe-missing-pawtucket-woman-was-abducted <p>Pawtucket police say there is no reason to believe a missing, pregnant woman has been abducted.&nbsp; Relatives of 21-year-old Luisa Pena have expressed concern that she was kidnapped by men she had accused of sexual assault. But Pawtucket police spokesman Major Arthur Martins says there is no evidence of that.</p><div><p>Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt&rsquo;s home in Pawtucket. Relatives say she has the mind of a ten-year-old, has difficulty expressing herself and can&rsquo;t drive.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:37:32 +0000 Flo Jonic 23225 at http://ripr.org UPDATE: At This Time Police Do Not Believe Missing Pawtucket Woman Was Abducted