Latinos are the fastest growing population group in Rhode Island, but they lack the skills and education needed to get ahead. That’s the major finding of a new study published by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University.
Latinos constitute about 13 percent of Rhode Island’s population, a number that is expected to grow over the next decade. But they are ill-equipped for the 21st century workforce according to Ana Cano Morales, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and author of a new report on Latinos in the Ocean State.
Providence could do a much better job teaching non-native English speakers, according to a new report from the Council of Great City Schools. The report finds expectations are not high enough in many of the city’s English language learning classrooms. It also says those students are not benefiting from broader efforts to improve Providence Public Schools.
Providence School officials say they will convene a task force to respond to the recommendations in the report, which was commissioned by the district.