Senate approves bill seeking class size limit for K-2 students

BY: - March 20, 2023

Providence Teachers Union President Maribeth Calabro can only imagine the relief if a bill to limit class sizes from kindergarten to grade 2 in public schools that passed the Senate last week became law. “I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a room with 26 five-year olds,” Calabro said. “It makes a big difference.” […]

Awash in federal money, state lawmakers tackle worsening youth mental health

BY: - March 19, 2023

The pandemic accelerated a yearslong decline in the mental health of the nation’s children and teens. The number of young people experiencing sadness, hopelessness and thoughts of suicide has increased dramatically, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In response, states, cities and school districts are using COVID-19 relief dollars and their own money to […]

CCRI President Meghan Hughes announces plan to step down

BY: - March 17, 2023

After eight years leading  Rhode Island’s state two-year degree school, the first female president of the Community College of Rhode Island has announced she will step down from her post on August 31. “Serving as CCRI’s president has been the greatest professional honor of my lifetime, and I am profoundly grateful to all the faculty, […]

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URI expands higher education access for Indigenous students

BY: - March 16, 2023

Twenty-nine University of Rhode Island students who are members of the Narragansett tribe are receiving state tuition waiver as part of a broader effort to expand Native access to higher education and recognize the history of the land upon which the Kingston campus is located.

McKee wants Wavemaker fellowships to address teacher shortage

BY: - March 16, 2023

Gov. Dan McKee is seeking to expand the Wavemaker Fellowship student loan forgiveness program to include teachers even though applicants to the program have been on the decline.