Education

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There were winners and losers in the 2017 budget for education. School districts got a boost, with increases in state funding. But charter schools will see their tuition payments cut , in a move some advocates say threatens the future for some of Rhode Island’s charter schools.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has signed a bill requiring schools to contact child welfare authorities when they suspect sexual abuse of their employees. The bill also requires the state's child welfare office to investigate allegations of abuse in schools.

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Starting in September, every public school in Providence will designate teams to meet one-on-one with transgender students and their families. Providence Public Schools spokesperson Laura Hart said it’s part of a new policy aimed at making sure schools respect the rights of transgender and other gender non-conforming students. “The point teams are local teams,” said Hart. “They’re going to be pulling from teachers and administrators, parent advocates and PE teachers. As a student identifies,...

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UConn student Haddiyyah Ali got an email from a woman whose story floored her. The woman was working at talent agency in 1965, when she says Bill Cosby invited her to a party at his house. “When she got there, there was nobody else there," Ali said. The woman said she was drugged, and woke up to Cosby assaulting her. Ali is one of several students who have led an effort to revoke Cosby's honorary fine arts degree. She wrote about it for the college newspaper in January. And as a student...

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Central Falls High School has just graduated more than a dozen seniors who are the first in Rhode Island to receive special recognition for speaking and reading two languages.

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House lawmakers have scheduled a committee hearing Wednesday on a bill that would add schools to Rhode Island’s mandatory child abuse reporting law. The bill was filed in response to a sexual abuse scandal at St. George’s School in Middletown, after it became clear the school had failed to report numerous allegations of sexual abuse. The incidents span several decades and involve several former faculty members and one current employee. Although the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office says...

School Improvements Bond Nixed Amid Debt Fears

Jun 8, 2016
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A $40 million dollar bond for general school improvements proposed by Governor Raimondo was removed from the state budget, approved early Wednesday morning by the House Finance Committee. The money was earmarked for various construction projects in Rhode Island’s schools. While Rhode Island has a significant number of aging school facilities, Tim Duffy, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, said cities and towns still will have to find other alternatives to...

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State police will not pursue any criminal charges following their investigation into sexual abuse allegations at St. George’s School in Middletown. The state police, working in conjunction with the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, announced the end of their investigation on Thursday afternoon.

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Dan Doyle, who faces a September trial on 18 counts related to the Institute for International Sport, held a news conference Thursday to say he's been unfairly maligned by the media and to assert that he'll be vindicated by his trial. Doyle's lawyer, Chip Muller, began the discussion by recounting the work of the institute , which was founded in 1986 "to use sport and the arts as mediums to forge meaningful ties on a global scale and to address critical social issues." Muller said Doyle's ...

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New immigrants can find it difficult to navigate the complex American school system, and it's even trickier when language and culture separate you from other parents, teachers, and administrators.

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Transgender advocates and civil rights groups plan to urge Rhode Island to adopt a statewide policy on transgender students in public schools. Last week the federal government issued guidance that says transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom and locker room of the gender they identify with. The Obama administration also instructed teachers to use the name and pronoun the family prefers. Some states, including Massachusetts and New Jersey already have statewide policies on...

Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College and Providence College hold commencement exercises this weekend, the start of several weekends honoring the class of 2016. Providence College graduates will hear from Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott at a ceremony at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday. At Roger Williams, commencement exercises begin Saturday morning at the seaside campus in Bristol. This year’s ceremony has an artistic theme with honorary degree recipient Barnaby Evans,...

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Higher ed officials have tapped Frank Sánchez, vice chancellor for student affairs at City University of New York, as the next president of Rhode Island College. He will succeed RIC President Nancy Carriuolo to become the the 10th president of Rhode Island's oldest public college . Sánchez was one of four finalists for the top post at RIC. “While it was a difficult decision, we selected Dr. Sánchez because of his commitment to students," said Bill Foulkes, chair of the Council on...

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A fluorescent yellow softball sails out of the in-field, toward woods that border Ponaganset High School in Scituate. The left fielder runs forward and catches the ball. This is home field for Ponaganset’s Lady Chieftains. Turns out, the team is not all ladies. Justin Bonoyer is an outfielder for the Lady Chieftains. There’s a lot evolving in the life of this 16-year-old with a shock of bleached blonde hair. Until a few weeks ago, coaches knew Justin Bonoyer as Elise Bonoyer: “I’m a guy, it’s...

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Some Warwick residents are protesting a transgender student using the girls' locker room at Pilgrim High School. The debate has been playing out over social media. Nearly 300 comments followed a Facebook post about the student, with some commenters claiming she’s making other female students feel uncomfortable. The student identifies as female. Warwick Superintendent of Schools Phil Thornton said the school has no plans to stop the student from using the locker room, despite receiving emails...

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