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The Education Blog
9:16 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Gist: High Stakes Testing Moratorium Is A Delay

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island's Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is not giving up on efforts to link test scores to a high school diploma. Gist says a new state law barring the practice until 2017 is a delay, but she is still expecting the policy to take effect three years from now.

"While I'm disappointed about this because I feel confident that we are where we need to be to carry this out, I understand the decision," Gist told RIPR during an in-depth interview. "We are going to take a little bit more time, but what we're not going to do is lower our sense of urgency."

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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:04 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help?

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit RIPR FILE

You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.

It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.

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On Politics
2:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy

Who will sit in the mayor's office next term? There will be at least four candidates for the job on the general election ballot.
Credit RIPR FILE

So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.

Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.

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The Bottom Line
1:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Bottom Line: When Historic Tax Credits Are Off The Table

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Grow Smart Rhode Island Executive Director Scott Wolf. They discuss the future of the historic tax credit and how projects waiting in the wings may never come to fruition.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Political Roundtable
8:53 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Democratic Secretary Of State Candidate Gorbea On Her Run For Secretary Of State & More

Candidate for Secretary of State, Democrat Nellie Gorbea joins us on Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the race for that office, and how she differs from current secretary Ralph Mollis, and how she would approach the job.  And ways of improving the election process in Rhode Island.

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Political Roundtable
8:27 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Political Roundtable: Gorbea On Cianci's Mayoral Run, Voter ID Law & More

Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins the Political Roundtable this week, to discuss the Providence mayor's race and the newest candidate, Buddy Cianci; voter identification law; casino gambling in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; and high stakes testing in high schools.

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Education
8:59 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Special Education Program Brings Kids Back To Their Classrooms

Special education teacher Brenda Pacheco reads to students in a Bradley classroom in Middletown
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Schools in Rhode Island spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on special education, a broad category that includes physical and learning disabilities, emotional problems and autism.

Right now, the students needing the most attention are often sent to special schools, but a growing program from Bradley Hospital shows promise in reducing the cost of special education by keeping more students in their own school districts, in their own schools.

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The Bottom Line
4:26 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island?

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film and TV Office. They start the conversation with more details about the Woody Allen movie shooting in the state next month, what it takes to lure a production like that too Rhode Island and whether the state’s tax credit program is competitive.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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RI News
2:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Mayor Avedisian: We’re Working On A New City Budget

Warwick city officials are hammering out the details of a city budget that’s been at the center of a dispute between the city council and the mayor. Hanging in the balance is the property tax rate that will cover the new budget. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Warwick Mayor Scott

Avedisian to find out where the city is in buttoning down the budget,  and what residents can expect on their next tax bill.

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Theater Reviews
4:05 am
Thu June 12, 2014

2nd Story’s “Freud’s Last Session” Is Quick And Sharp

Ed Shea is Sigmund Freud in Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain.
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

It’s September, 1939 and the carnage of World War II is just beginning. Germany has invaded Poland. The British and their allies are preparing to fight. The world is on edge.

And, frankly, so are Dr. Freud and Professor Lewis, two of the great intellectuals of their time who are meeting in Freud’s office in England. But it’s not the Nazi war machine or the reluctant answer of its provocations by the British that’s under debate.

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