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City schools hit with two more blows

Calling for sweeping cuts to close a two-year $180 million budget gap, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras called the city's finances a "category five" hurricane. But last Tuesday, that would have more aptly described the city's embattled school system.


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Community outraged at impending release of child-murderer

Nearly four decades after brutally murdering a five-year-old South Kingstown boy, Michael Woodmansee is slated to be released this August, 12 years before completing his full sentence. The prospect of his release has fueled anger across the state as residents question why a prison system designed to ...


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Ed. commissioner maintains positive outlook for R.I. schools

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist expressed optimism about the implementation of federal Race to the Top funding and the current outlook for the state's education program in front of the Rhode Island House of Representatives Health, Education and Welfare Committee yesterday. She did not touch on recent ...


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At forum, community laments school closings

At a meeting to address the announced Providence school closings yesterday at Classical High School, upset students, teachers and parents loudly expressed opposition and urged the Providence Public School Board to reconsider the city's decision to close their schools. ­


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Students rally against anti-gay marriage demonstrators

Garbed in formal black and red attire and hoisting medieval-looking banners, a faction of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property — a national organization that opposes gay marriage — descended on the Main Green at approximately 11 a.m. yesterday. The men were there ...


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City waits to approach U. for increased contribution

Though Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is reviewing recommendations to garner more revenue from non-profits, representatives of the city's hospitals and higher education institutions said officials have not yet approached them about increasing contributions to the city.


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Providence still reeling from school closing announcement

Without his Providence public school education, Mayor Angel Taveras would not be where he is today, he told audience members at a forum to address pending school closings. But, he said, the city's fiscal challenges require overhauling the school system to cut costs, meaning fewer schools and unwanted ...


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At crossroads, reform rests in governor's hands

Sara Bohnsack MAT'11 leads a game of word jeopardy in a fifth-grade classroom at the Paul Cuffee School in Providence. "If I told you that you'd never have to do homework again, some of you might respond by doing this," she reads from a clue. Some of the students act out the correct vocabulary word ...


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Pawtucket, Central Falls to share services

Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien has proposed sharing certain municipal services with the city of Central Falls to cut costs and generate revenue for both cities. The city of Pawtucket, which has a deficit of $9 million in its current budget, would benefit from providing services to the smaller Central Falls, ...


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Cicilline '83 challenged over city's finances

As Providence begins to battle what Mayor Angel Taveras called a "category five" financial crisis, allegations have emerged that former mayor and current Rep. David Cicilline '83, D-RI, failed to paint an accurate picture of the city's financial health.


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Providence celebrates 'history of creativity'

This year marks the 375th anniversary of Roger Williams' founding of Providence, and the city is looking to its residents to make the celebration special. The celebration aims to "recapture a sense of pride in this city and not dwell in the negative," said Jennifer Smith, site manager for Roger Williams ...


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Prov. schools' art budget dwindles

On a Friday morning at Trinity Repertory Company in downtown Providence, the professional theater troupe performed a matinee of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." Its audience consisted of over 500 high school students from public schools around the city. Many of the students had already studied the play ...


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Mayor announces four elementary school closings

Mayor Angel Taveras and Providence Public School District Superintendent Tom Brady announced their recommendations to close four elementary schools in a press conference Monday afternoon. The school board must approve the recommended closings before they can be finalized.


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Impact of Brown's education outreach unclear

Despite the University's perch atop College Hill, students have a long history of engagement with the Providence Public School District. With more than 60 outreach programs in local schools, Brown has a sizable presence within the district. But Rhode Island's education system is in dire straits, and ...


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Bills on alcohol hit General Assembly

A bill in the General Assembly would prohibit people ages 18 to 21 from attending nightclubs where alcohol is served — just one of a series of measures related to alcohol and drunk driving under consideration by state lawmakers.


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New police chief named after immigration policy dispute

Brendan Doherty, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, announced his resignation March 3, a week after he spoke out in support of the federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities. The public resignation followed a high-profile exchange in which top law enforcement officials ...





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