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The Education Blog
9:06 am
Fri June 20, 2014

High Stakes Testing, Teacher Evaluations Remain in the Mix

The General Assembly is expected to wrap up the session today, with two key education issues still under discussion.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has indicated he may bring a vote on a move to stop the use of standardized testing as a requirement for high school graduation. The measure was considered dead in the water under former House Speaker Gordon Fox, but Mattiello says he is concerned about the impact of the testing requirement on students with special needs. One compromise could involve suspending the testing rule for students with special needs.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Political Roundtable: Smiley on Block vs. Fung; the Budget, 38 Studios & More

State Republican Chairman Mark Smiley joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the GOP gubernatorial primary between Allan Fung and Ken Block; the budget signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee; the outlook for electing more Republicans to the General Assembly; and the latest developments on 38 Studios.

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On Politics
10:56 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Newport Grand, NECAP, Teacher Evaluations Still Hanging in the General Assembly

Mattiello near the end of Thursday night's House session
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The terms for a possible Newport casino was among the issues still awaiting General Assembly action on what is expected to be the last day of its session Friday. The House ended its session Thursday night to allow more time for closed-door negotiations between legislative leaders.

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On Politics
10:19 am
Thu June 19, 2014

RI Democratic Party to Skip Endorsement in Primary for Governor

There won't be a Rhode Island Democratic Party in this year's hard-fought primary between Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras, and Clay Pell.

In a note to Democratic state reps yesterday, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello writes, "In preparation for the Rhode Island Democratic Party's Endorsement Meeting on Sunday night, I wanted to inform you that the three major candidates for Governor have agreed to a 'no endorsement' from the party."

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

General Assembly Races Through A Flurry Of Legislation As Session Draws To Close

The Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit RIPR FILE

The House and Senate passed scores of bills Wednesday as the General Assembly raced to finish its session. The measures moving forward include the repeal of the master lever.

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On Politics
1:50 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Police To Interview Lawmakers On 38 Studios

Fox at the rostrum earlier this year
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is applauding plans by state police to speak with lawmakers about a 2010 vote that set the stage for 38 Studios to come to Rhode Island. A Job Creation Guaranty Program approved by the legislature was later used to channel $75 million to the ill-fated video game company.

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue June 17, 2014

RI Senate Passes State Budget; Awaits Governor's Approval

Senate Finance chairman Daniel DaPonte during the budget discussion.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he plans to sign into law the $8.7 billion budget passed Monday by the Rhode Island Senate. Senators took less than an hour to passing the spending plan on a 32-to-five vote.

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Politics
9:16 am
Mon June 16, 2014

RI Senate Takes Up $8.7 Billion State Budget

The Senate is expected to approve the state's $8.7 billion dollar budget.
Credit RIPR FILE

The state Senate is expected Monday to approve a new budget for the fiscal year starting July first.  The House of Representatives passed the spending plan early last Friday morning.

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On Politics
7:13 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

TGIF: 11 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. The news keeps coming fast and furious, from near and far, although the local pace is bound to include just a few more leisure moments with the approach of summer. Feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.  

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Political Roundtable: Shekarchi on the Budget, 38 Studios, Education & 2014

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the House budget; 38 Studios; the latest findings about public school performance in Rhode Island; and a new entry in the race for lieutenant governor.

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