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9:07 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Central Falls Biology Teacher Honored

Central Falls High School biology teacher David Upegui has been awarded the Evolution Education Award from the National Association of Biology teachers. Upegui got an unexpected visit Tuesday from Governor Lincoln to congratulate him on winning the award.

The Rhode Island Department of Education says the award recognizes innovative teaching in biology. RIDE officials credit Upegui for initiating a new curriculum that makes evolution the first course in Life Sciences.

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The Education Blog
11:20 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Former Central Falls School Official To Lead Elorza Transition Team

The school official who oversaw a state-ordered turnaround at Central Falls High School will be one of the key figures in Democrat Jorge Elorza's transition team, as Elorza prepares to take over as mayor of  Providence in January.

Victor Capellan has been named one of three co-directors for Elorza's team. Capellan served as the "transformation officer" and deputy superintendent for the Central Falls School District during the overhaul of Central Falls High School.

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The Education Blog
1:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Viola Davis on Success and Growing up in Central Falls

Academy Award Nominee Viola Davis spoke at the 2014 Women's Summit at Bryant University
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Award-winning actor Viola Davis made a stop at Bryant University on Friday during the annual Women’s Summit.

The theme of this year’s conference: “being the CEO of your own life.”

Davis says part of what has made her successful as an actor is her experience growing up in Central Falls.

"Every experience growing up in a dysfunctional family with alcoholism, with poverty, with being the geek always into theater and the Rhode Island State Drama Festival, that has been the wellspring of me as an actor," Davis said.

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The Education Blog
9:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Central Falls High School, Three Years After A Mass Firing

Central Falls High School
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

For several years we’ve been following the struggling Central Falls School district.

The high school grabbed national headlines when it fired all of its teachers back in 2010.

The fired teachers were later rehired by the district, but the firings left Central Falls High School in an uproar.

Three years later, Rhode Island Public Radio's Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison found signs of progress at the school, but scars from the mass firings remain.

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The Education Blog
9:06 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Signs of Improvement at Central Falls High School

Three years after a state order to dramatically overhaul Central Falls High School, a new report finds evidence of progress. The Education Alliance at Brown University conducted the study, which finds school culture and parent involvement have improved significantly.

The graduation rate at Central Falls High is up from 48 percent in 2009 to 70 percent last year. Superintendent of Central Falls Schools Fran Gallo says it took an all-out effort from school staff to keep students from dropping out.

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RI News
10:41 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pawtucket Police Do Not Believe Missing Woman Was Abducted

21 year old Pawtucket woman Luisa Pena, who has been missing since October 9th.
Credit Susan Vollucci

There's still no sign of that pregnant Pawtucket woman who vanished a week ago. But police say there’s no evidence to support the theory that the woman has been abducted.

Twenty-one-year-old Luisa Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt’s home in Pawtucket.  The day before she disappeared she had reported a sexual assault to police. Her family fears her assailants came back to silence her. But Pawtucket Police spokesman Arthur Martins said there’s no evidence to support a kidnapping theory.

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RI News
8:37 am
Tue October 15, 2013

UPDATE: At This Time Police Do Not Believe Missing Pawtucket Woman Was Abducted

Mother of missing woman, Luisa Pena is consoled by friends.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Pawtucket police say there is no reason to believe a missing, pregnant woman has been abducted.  Relatives of 21-year-old Luisa Pena have expressed concern that she was kidnapped by men she had accused of sexual assault. But Pawtucket police spokesman Major Arthur Martins says there is no evidence of that.

Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt’s home in Pawtucket. Relatives say she has the mind of a ten-year-old, has difficulty expressing herself and can’t drive.

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