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1:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

RIDE Delays Release of Science Test Scores

Rhode Island’s Department of Education has delayed the release of test scores from the most recent standardized state science test, administered in May.

RIDE officials say they have concerns about the scores for one grade level and will not release a score report expected on Wednesday.

RIDE Spokesman Elliot Krieger declined to elaborate about the exact nature of the concerns, but he says RIDE is working with the testing company, Measured Progress, to review the results.

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Rhody Votes 2014
1:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Mayoral Candidate Elorza Unveils His Plans For Providence

Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza sketched out his plans for Providence at a press conference at Asa Messer Elementary School.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Democratic Providence Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza wants to create what he calls “one Providence” where all neighborhoods benefit from a cooperative city hall. Elorza made the comment during a press conference Monday sketching out his vision for the city

Elorza’s plan includes boosting the public schools, putting more cops on the street, and luring businesses to the capital city. He plans to pay for the officers through federal grants, and wants to create a plan for the city’s working waterfront.

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The Education Blog
10:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Report Highlights Chronic Absenteeism

Rhode Island Kids Count releases new numbers on Monday that show 12 percent of young school children in Rhode Island were chronically absent during the last school year, meaning they missed 18 days or more of school.

The study finds that for Kindergarten students who are chronically absent, there is an increased risk of low achievement that persists at least into middle school. The students are also more likely to be held back a grade.

Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant says a number of factors can contribute to chronic absenteeism.

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RI News
10:23 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Attorneys General Gather In Rhode Island To Discuss Sexual Assault On College Campuses

RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin hosts fellow AG’s from across the Northeast for a two-day conference addressing sexual assault on college campuses. The group will work to determine how law enforcement can do a better job investigating campus sexual assault.

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Politics
9:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Groups Kick Off Push To Promote Arts Referendum

A group of arts organizations from across the state are joining forces to garner support for major arts funding. The money must be approved by voters on a referendum November 4th.

At stake is $35 million in funding.  23 million would go towards matching funds for construction and renovation projects at nine facilities across the state.  Those include Trinity Repertory Company, the Chorus of Westerly, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School.

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The Education Blog
9:43 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Providence Teachers Endorse Cianci; Elorza Visits Former Elementary School

Democrat Jorge Elorza plans to stand in front of Asa Messer Elementary School on Monday to unveil his vision for the city of Providence. His announcement outside the school he once attended comes after the Providence Teachers Union endorsed Independent Buddy Cianci on Saturday in the race for Providence Mayor.

The teachers union says Cianci understands the needs of the district.

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The Education Blog
9:32 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Board Schedules Hearings on High Stakes Testing

The Rhode Island Board of Education has released dates for a series of hearings on delaying high stakes testing until at least 2020.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers halted a plan to introduce standardized test scores as a graduation requirement for the class of 2014. The legislation puts off the use of testing as part of the state's diploma system until 2017.

The legislation prompted State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist to propose waiting until 2020 to introduce high stakes testing. The Board of Education is now considering the new timetable.

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Environment
8:12 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Westerly Quarry Still A Quandary For Neighboring Residents

A bird's eye view of the Westerly Quarry in April 2010 from Google Earth.
Google Earth Images

On the surface, this story is about sand and gravel. And it’s not, actually. It's a story about how stone becomes sand and gravel. And about the people who built homes around what used to be a dormant quarry in Westerly. It’s the first installment of a two-part series.

Charlestown resident Denise Rhodes lives about 1,000 feet away from this quarry, just across the border in Westerly. She invited local town council members and Rhode Island Public Radio to her house on a day when the town issued a “Code Red alert.” 

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On Politics
6:16 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Why has La Salle singled out Raimondo?

La Salle Academy has long been one of Rhode Island’s top college preparatory high schools. It has a list of notable alumni that any secondary school in the state would be very proud of. One of those graduates is the school’s 1989 valedictorian, Gina Raimondo, the Democratic candidate for governor.

Now, Raimondo has gone from being a boast of the school to a pariah. The reason: She was candid  about her support for abortion rights.

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On Politics
4:57 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Raimondo has slight edge over Fung in Rasmussen Poll

Democrat Gina Raimondo clings to a narrow lead over Republican Allan Fung in Rhode Island’s campaign for governor, according to the latest poll released by Rasmussen Reports, a national pollster.
The survey has Raimondo, the state general treasurer, at 42 percent, and Cranston Mayor Fung at 37 percent, with 11 percent preferring another candidate (Bob Healey is the Moderate Party candidate for governor) and 11 percent undecided.
The survey of 750 likely Rhode Island voters was taken between September 23 to 25 and carries a margin of sampling error of 4 percent.

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