public school http://ripr.org en Woonsocket Schools To Offer Full-Day Kindergarten http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-schools-offer-full-day-kindergarten <p>Woonsocket schools will offer full-day kindergarten starting in the fall.&nbsp; The school department says it will come at no extra cost to taxpayers.</p><p>Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan says about 7 percent of first graders are held back each year because they are reading below grade level. To close that gap, the school department will offer more than 500 children full-day kindergarten in 22 classrooms.</p><p>This will require eleven new teachers and eleven new teaching assistants. The school department says that can be paid for with federal grants and a boost in state aid.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:21:50 +0000 Catherine Welch 33601 at http://ripr.org Providence Student Union works to empower students http://ripr.org/post/providence-student-union-works-empower-students <p>Students protest high stakes testing in Rhode Island and Providence puts a history teacher in a physics classroom. These are some of the most heated controversies recently on the education beat. But there’s a little known force behind both of these stories. It’s a student group called the Providence Student Union. Co-founder Aaron Regunberg is a recent Brown graduate. Elisabeth Harrison asked him how he became an activist in the public schools.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:19:57 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9805 at http://ripr.org Providence Student Union works to empower students Education and the 2013 budget http://ripr.org/post/education-and-2013-budget <p>With a vote expected Thursday on the state budget for the fiscal year beginning in July, here’s a look at some highlights for public schools and state colleges and universities.</p><p><strong>Elementary and Secondary Education</strong></p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:48:37 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8401 at http://ripr.org