RI education http://ripr.org en Pell calls on Chafee to sign NECAP moratorium, teacher evaluation measures http://ripr.org/post/pell-calls-chafee-sign-necap-moratorium-teacher-evaluation-measures <p>Clay Pell, one of three Democrats vying for his party’s nomination for governor, is urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to sign into law three education-related measures approved by the General Assembly in the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session.</p><p>The first would place a moratorium on the use of high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement. The other would change teacher evaluations and the third would provide full funding for all-day kindergarten in Rhode Island communities.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:03:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 35708 at http://ripr.org R.I. inequality: Get past the cliches and seek solutions http://ripr.org/post/ri-inequality-get-past-cliches-and-seek-solutions <p>With all the attention given by R.I. media to economic inequality, one wonders why serious discussion of &nbsp;&nbsp;solutions has gone AWOL.</p><p>Just about everybody agrees that inequality has grown for the past three decades. With Rhode Island’s anemic recovery from the Great Recession, the problem is deeper in our small corner of southeastern New England.</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 17:02:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 34138 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-hello-2014-general-assemblys-2013-hangover <p>Rhode Island’s General Assembly convenes a new session Tuesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this year’s legislature may sound a lot like last year’s.</p><p></p><p></p><p>By now, most of us have cleared our heads of those New Year’s&nbsp; hangovers. That’s not the case for Rhode Island’s 113 lawmakers.</p><p>The 2014 Assembly that convenes tomorrow will resemble nothing so much as the …2013 Assembly. The reason for this is all too evident: &nbsp;As has too often been the case, the Smith Hill Crowd decided not to decide some big, prickly issues last session.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:02:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 27130 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover