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Select middle school students from across Rhode Island meet with a NASA engineer Saturday as part of NASA’s Globe Challenge. The program, a collaboration between NASA and U.S. Department of Education, aims to get lower income and at-risk students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

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U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed both released statements Tuesday expressing frustration  over Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as secretary of education.

“This was a historically unqualified nominee who should have been rejected,” wrote Reed, Rhode Island's senior senator.

All Democratic and two Republican senators voted against DeVos leaving the final tally at 50-50. Vice President Mike Pence had to break the tie, a first in cabinet confirmations.

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Private colleges in Rhode Island have some of the highest prices in the country, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Education.

Bryant University, Providence College, Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island School of Design also ranked in the top 5 percent, when tuition prices were adjusted to reflect the average cost for students after grants and scholarships.

RISD ranked near the top of that list with a price tag of nearly $35,000. The national average was just $19,300.