Chess teams from Central Falls High School and Calcutt Middle School finished in the top 10 at this week’s Chess Supernationals in Nashville, Tennessee.
Coach Frank DelBonis, who is also a history teacher at Central Falls High School, reports the high school team ranked 8th overall, out of 64 teams from around the country. The middle school team finished in a tie for 7th and 9th places out of 54 teams.
Students from Central Falls had to raise the money for their trip to Nashville and got some last minute help from Actor Alec Baldwin to pay for travel and lodging.
Rutgers University is reportedly interested in University of Rhode Island Basketball Coach Dan Hurley, as officials seek a new athletic director. Former Head Coach Mike Rice got the boot this week after a video showed him yelling homophobic slurs at players, along with other abusive behavior.
Rhode Island lawmakers will consider legislation Wednesday aimed at increasing safety measures in public schools. The bills, now in the House and Senate Education Committees, would require school and law enforcement officials to work together to look for weaknesses in building security and craft new school safety plans.
Providence College Professor Paul Gondreau says he was “moved to tears” as he watched his disabled son hugging the newly inaugurated Pope Francis. The encounter, following an Easter Mass, was recorded by photographers and later picked up by CNN and other news outlets.
New data from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly one out of every five high school boys has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The data also show an overall 11 percent of American schoolchildren have received a diagnosis for the condition, which is characterized by difficulty paying attention and controlling impulsive behavior.
Online learning is a tool in many Rhode Island classrooms. But a charter school opening next fall in Providence takes high tech to a whole new level.
The Village Green Charter School bills itself as Rhode Island’s first virtual learning school. The high school will be located in Providence, near Classical High. Students will spend 60 percent of their time online or in small groups; 40 percent in traditional classroom time. School superintendent Robert Pilkington says applications for the 9th and 10th grade are pouring in.
Governor Lincoln Chafee is requesting a 6 percent wage hike for members of his cabinet after shooting down a proposal to raise salaries for state university and college professors. According to The Providence Journal, the governor’s plan would provide a 3 percent increase to 14 state employees in June, followed by another 3 percent increase in December.
Freelance policy analyst and liberal blogger Tom Sgouros is one of a number of critics raising questions about Rhode Island's use of the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, as a graduation requirement. Specifically, Sgouros has argued that by its very nature, NECAP was designed to magnify differences in student achievement, thereby ensuring that a certain number of students will score poorly every year.
The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare will consider adding two students to the State Board of Education at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
The bill, sponsored by Providence Democrat Edith Ajello, proposes two additional seats on the board, one for a college student and one for a high school student. Both positions would be non-voting, but the students would have their opinions recorded in official minutes from any meeting.