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Bill proposes to levy fee on U., hospitals

A bill proposed by state Rep. John Carnevale, D-Providence and Cranston, would grant cities and towns the authority to assess a fee on tax-exempt hospitals and private institutions of higher education like Brown. Carnavales introduced the bill on the same day that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced ...


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Teacher terminations spur labor rallies

A crowd of middle-aged Rhode Island public employees gathered Feb. 22 at the State House in a show of solidarity for the Wisconsin workers threatened by their governor's proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from public sector workers. Barely a week later, the Ocean State saw a second rally ...


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Bill would give students dollars to stay in Rhode Island

State Rep. Chris Blazejewski, D-Providence and East Providence, joined the Brown Democrats last Tuesday to present his plan to counter the "brain drain" that has troubled the state for years. The bill, called Opportunity RI, offers financial incentives both for students to stay in Rhode Island after ...


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State's $300 million deficit takes toll on education

Last Tuesday, Mayor Angel Taveras issued termination notices to all 1,926 Providence public school teachers, citing the city's dire budget deficit. The move ignited a controversy over how far state politicians can go to address financial challenges. According to recent estimates, the state and its ...


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RIPEC report shows dire state finances

With Rhode Island facing a $290 million budget shortfall, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released a report last week on the state's financial outlook. Though the information in the report is not new to officials, it provides a comprehensive overview of the fiscal challenges facing the state. ...


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School board dismisses district's 1,926 teachers

The Providence School Board voted 4-3 to terminate the contracts of all 1,926 teachers in the district at its Feb. 18 meeting. The proposal, which originated from Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' office, was created to provide "flexibility" in addressing the city's deficit, Taveras wrote in a statement. ...


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Chafee '75 returns from Houston tour

Governor Lincoln Chafee '75 P'14 returned Monday from a two-day tour of the Texas Medical Center. The trip to Houston was the first in a series of tours that Chafee hopes will provide models for technology-fueled growth in Providence's Jewelry District.


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Bill aims to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students

Antonio Albizures and his family left Guatemala in 1992, illegally crossing the Mexican-American border by foot and ultimately settling in Rhode Island. He graduated a member of Blackstone Academy Charter School's class of 2009 and nursed the desire to pursue political science and sociology at the University ...


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Hearings address Prov. teacher contracts

At a Providence City Council hearing Tuesday night, Amit Jain '12 presented chart after chart ranking Providence among the worst school districts in Rhode Island. He aimed to provide ideas to improve the Providence Teachers Union contract, which will expire in August.


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R.I. Republican Party to select new chairman next month

Four months out from the November elections, state Republicans have turned their attention to the party's future in Rhode Island. After four years under the leadership of Giovanni Cicione, the party will pick a new chairman next month, and speculation has begun about potential challengers to Democratic ...


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R.I. Foundation awards three grants to U.

The Rhode Island Foundation recently awarded the University three strategy grants, ranging from $25,000 to $87,631. The grants will be allocated to the Department of Education, the Center for Environmental Studies and the Alpert Medical School.


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Simmons, Chafee '75 seek ideas for R.I.'s economic development

President Ruth Simmons will travel to Houston early next week on a fact-finding trip with Gov. Lincoln Chafee '75 P'14 and other Rhode Island leaders. This is the first of several trips to innovative U.S. cities that the Chafee administration says will inform the governor's plans to enhance Rhode Island's ...





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