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The Education Blog
9:14 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Lawmakers Halt High Stakes Testing, Alter Teacher Evaluations

In a move that seemed almost unthinkable before a change in leadership at the House of Representatives, Rhode Island lawmakers have suspended the use of standardized test scores as part of a high school diploma until at least 2017. Lawmakers have also approved legislation that limits the frequency of teacher evaluations for most teachers.

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Political Roundtable
10:32 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Bonus Q+A: de Ramel on Voter ID, Early Voting, Campaign Finance + More

Guillaume de Ramel joins us on Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his Democratic run for secretary of state and a host of related issues, including voter ID, how to increase voting participation, the impact of money in his primary battle with rival Democrat Nellie Gorbea, and more.

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Politics
10:13 am
Wed August 7, 2013

House Oversight Committee Set To Examine Investment in 38 Studios

The House Oversight Committee with convene to examine the state's failed investment in 38 Studios.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

The House Oversight Committee is set Wednesday to examine the state’s losing investment in failed video game maker 38 Studios.

The General Assembly ended the legislative session last month. But members of the House Oversight Committee are returning to Smith Hill  to examine Rhode Island’s misadventure with 38 Studios.

The discussion will focus on documents obtained from the state Economic Development Corporation about the EDC’s approval of bonds for 38 Studios. The video game company was lured here with a $75 million  state-backed guaranteed loan in 2010.

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Politics
9:05 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Temporary Disability Insurance Program Passes in the Senate

Temporary Caregiver Insurance passed in the General Assembly, and now heads to the Governor's office.
Credit RIPR FILE

A measure that would expand the state’s Temporary Disability Insurance program has passed the Senate and now heads to the House.   The bill could change things for Rhode Island workers who need to take time off from work to care for a family member.

State senator Gayle Goldin from Providence sponsored the bill creating the Temporary Caregiver Insurance program.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Newberry on Chafee, the GOP Outlook, and the Superman Building

House Minority Leading Brian Newberry takes part in Bonus Q+A to discuss a possible public subsidy for the Superman Building; his evaluation of Governor Lincoln Chafee; and the outlook for increasing GOP representation in the General Assembly.

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On Politics
4:26 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

TGIF: 11 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media (Chafee Switch Edition)

While Lincoln Chafee's move to become a Democrat might be utterly unsurprising to some, the governor's move nonetheless scrambled the landscape for what already looked like a riveting election fight next year. That's why Chafee leads my weekly column. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (and) org  and to follow me on Twitter. Let's go:

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Politics
8:37 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Revenue Estimates to be Heard at State House

Rhode Island State House
Credit RIPR

The outlook for Rhode Island’s next state budget will come into sharper view when the latest revenue data is discussed this morning.

The annual revenue estimating conference takes place twice a year, in November and May. It’s when legislative staffers offer their estimates of state revenues, based on taxes and other sources of income.

The latest revenue estimates are then used by the General Assembly when it makes revisions to the governor’s proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July first.

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Are Rhode Island's Openly Gay Lawmakers Hearing Wedding Bells?

Speaker Fox with his parner, Marcus LaFond (center), during Fox's most recent swearing-in, in January
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

After helping to shepherd same-sex marriage legislation on what once seemed an improbable path to victory, House Speaker Gordon Fox was a bit surprised Tuesday to be asked about his own wedding plans.

"I'm just trying to plan to get through this session," Fox said, laughing, when asked if he has plans to marry later this year. "That's a curve ball. I hadn't though about that one. Maybe you should ask my partner that."

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