State lawmakers are scheduled to consider a bill that could have major consequences for classrooms across the state.
The bill, sponsored by East Providence Representative Gregg Amore, would halt the adoption of new standardized testing, known as PARCC, which is linked to the Common Core, a new set of national standards for public schools. The bill is scheduled for a committee hearing on Wednesday.
Rhode Island has begun adopting the standards, although opponents charge they are untested and require further study.
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A huge, century-old painted canvas was discovered in Newport, hidden under two layers of paint on the ceiling of a Salve Regina University building. Visiting conservators were scraping off a layer of ceiling paint when they accidentally exposed the work of art underneath.
Salve Regina professor and chair of university’s cultural and historic preservation program Robert Russell described the moment of discovery:
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment called The Bottom Line.
This week Catherine Welch fills in for Dave. She and Mark talk with Clyde Barrow, director of the Center for Policy Analysis at UMass Dartmouth. They discuss how gambling in Massachusetts affects Rhode Island’s gaming locations, and ask, at what point does the New England casino industry reach saturation?
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
A bill is making its way through Rhode Island's General Assembly that would legalize marijuana and regulate and tax it like alcohol. Possessing small amounts has already been decriminalized here. And interest has been growing in legalization for a while.
Proponents say that legalizing the drug would keep harmless people out of jail. Opponents say marijuana is just as dangerous as any other drug and should remain illegal.
Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order this morning to create a state climate change council. The council will advise the governor, the general assembly, and the public on a strong state strategy to address climate change threats.
Chafee says the earth's warming climate has already hit Rhode Island hard with Superstorm Sandy and the extreme floods of 2010. Those floods caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses, including to the West Warwick Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, where Chafee signed the executive order.
After four decades as one of New England’s top investigative reporters, WJAR’s Jim Taricani is retiring.
Known for his investigative work and political and public affairs reporting, Taricani could cover any story and did. He is smart, aggressive and a tough questioner. He’s been in this market since Phil Noel was governor.
Providence mayor Angel Taveras sits down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and our political analyst Scott MacKay, about a variety of issues including the proposed pension settlement, charter schools in Providence, and the Superman Building.