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The Education Blog
8:15 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Providence Students Voice Their Hopes For State's New Education Commissioner

These Providence students say the new PARCC exam is more disruptive during the school day than the prior state test.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island is looking for a new leader for K-12 public schools as controversy grows over standardized testing and charter schools. So what do students want from the next commissioner of education?

Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison asked that question of three Providence students: 16-year-old Kendall Hall, 16-year-old Diane Gonzales and 15-year-old Xilian Sansoucy. They are members of the student advocacy groups Young Voices and the Providence Student Union.

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The Education Blog
10:13 am
Wed April 8, 2015

House Leaders Pledge To Restore Funding For Private School Bussing And Books

Rhode Island House leaders say they plan to restore more than $2 million taken out of the governor’s budget to pay for private school bussing and text books.

House Finance Committee Chair Raymond Gallison Jr., recalls the funding was helpful to his family when his two sons were in private school.

“They got the bus. I went one way, my wife went another way and getting to the private school that they were going to, this certainly was something that was of great assistance to us,” said Gallison.

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Business
9:29 am
Wed April 8, 2015

GTECH Becomes IGT As Merger Is Finalized

Providence-based GTECH has officially changed its name to International Game Technology, after a merger with a British company of that name. Officials from IGT rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, where the combined companies began trading for the first time. IGT Vice President Bob Vincent said Providence will continue to house the company’s lottery headquarters and provide corporate support.

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Higher Education
9:17 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Brown Task Force Offers Recomendations On Handling Sexual Assaults

A Brown task force is offering their recommendations on how the school should handle sexual assaults.
Credit RIPR FILE

A Brown task force on sexual assault has completed its recommendations for the university. They’re aimed at improving the way the university responds to complaints of sexual violence.

The task force urges Brown to adopt a single policy on sexual assault, dating violence, harassment and stalking. The group says the university should centralize the process for handling complaints in a single office.

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Politics
8:48 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Candidates Owe More Than $2M In Fines To RI Board Of Elections

Candidates who’ve run for office owe a total of more than $2 million in fines to the state Board of Elections for past-due campaign reports. The board collected about $43,000 in fines last year.

Former South Kingstown State Senator Patrick McDonald owes the most – nearly $214,000 -- in the Board of Election’s newly posted list of outstanding fines. The outlook for collecting that money is considered bleak as McDonald is currently serving prison time for embezzlement.

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