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Chronic absenteeism was almost 60% for Providence students last year. Here's the plan to fight it.
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Sep 16, 9:33 AM: The city’s public schools have long been bedeviled by chronic absenteeism. During the 2020-2021 school year, when COVID-19 disrupted learning for everyone, 59.4% of Providence students were chronically absent.
‘Taking the leap’: More RI families opt to homeschool kids during pandemic
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Sep 9, 2:02 PM: Since the pandemic started, Census data shows a significant jump in the number of United States families who have opted to homeschool their children, a trend also happening in the Ocean State.
Here’s how much the new Providence Teachers Union contract will cost
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Aug 4, 11:20 AM: The Providence Teachers Union’s newly minted contract has a price tag of more than $20 million.
Providence teachers overwhelmingly OK 3-year contract
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Aug 2, 10:08 AM: Providence teachers voted overwhelmingly Friday to ratify a new three-year contract, putting an end to months of fractious debate with the state education commissioner.
A ‘Reparations’ Plan Designed to Help the Activist Left, Not Minorities
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Aug 2, 10:02 AM: Providence's municipal-reparations scheme helps left-wing activist groups, not students trapped in Rhode Island's union-dominated schools.
Here’s what’s in the new Providence Teachers Union contract
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Jul 29, 3:27 PM: Providence teachers will receive modest pay raises and a one-time, $3,000 payment as part of a new contract that the union is expected to approve Friday evening.
Governor McKee announces agreement in Providence teachers’ contract
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Jul 21, 3:03 PM:

Ten weeks after Gov. Dan McKee intervened in the acrimonious Providence teacher negotiations, he announced Tuesday that the state has reached a tentative agreement with the Providence Teachers Union.

Opinion: Providence needs to put children first
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Jul 16, 11:13 AM: If traditional public schools are not willing to change, it is incumbent on our leaders to expand, build and replicate the models that are working
Education commissioner defends state takeover of Providence schools during hearing
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Jun 15, 8:43 AM: Rhode Island’s top education officials on Monday fiercely defended the state intervention of Providence public schools during an oversight hearing.
Opinion: Charter review and Providence schools
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Jun 8, 5:58 AM: By impaneling a Charter Review Commission with a focus on student success and welfare, Providence has a chance to embrace "transformative change." The state would benefit, the city would benefit and, most importantly, the students >
RI League of Charter Schools: RIPEC Report on Public Charter Schools Confirms Inequity of Funding
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Jun 4, 8:17 AM: The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools is applauding the recent release of the independent research and analysis of charter schools by the R.I. Public Expenditures Council (RIPEC)
Public policy group recommends that charter expansion continues but says local school districts need more aid
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Jun 3, 7:24 AM: An independent policy group has called for the expansion of charter schools in Rhode Island while recommending that traditional public schools receive more money to make up for the loss in tuition dollars.
Elorza calls state to reform city teachers' union contract
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Jun 3, 5:50 AM: "It's been a waste of time being at the negotiation table," said Elorza. "There is no way the teachers' union is going to agree to the kinds of transformational change that we need."
R.I. Supreme Court upholds RISE Prep location
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May 27, 6:03 AM: A Rhode Island Supreme Court judge has upheld a lower court’s rule that RISE Prep Mayoral Academy can continue to operate out of its location at 30 Cumberland St.
Opinion: How to rescue RI's takeover of the Providence schools
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May 27, 4:58 AM: The state takeover started with strikes against it. The education commissioner has many talents, but no experience turning around an urban district in crisis. It took her months to find a superintendent who would do the job.
Can state takeover of Providence schools be saved? Local experts weigh in
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May 21, 6:14 AM: When state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green announced the state takeover of the city’s struggling schools 20 months ago, it was met with great fanfare and wide support.
AFT’s Weingarten Comes to Providence as Teachers Battle Heats Up
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May 19, 8:54 AM: It is no secret that Providence Teachers Union head Maribeth Calabro and Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angélica Infante Green are in a pitched battle over the proposed teachers contract.
Final approval given to 3 new Providence charter schools
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May 13, 1:40 PM: Rhode Island's Council on Elementary and Secondary Education has given the green light to three new Providence charter schools.
Poll: 48% in RI fear pols won’t spend federal relief windfall wisely
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May 13, 1:35 PM: Rhode Islanders want their leaders to use the state’s federal relief money to help small businesses and schools, but they aren’t convinced the dollars will be spent wisely, according to a new poll.
Opinion: Charter moratorium wrong for K-12 education
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Apr 29, 7:55 AM: Rhode Island must improve its education system and student outcomes. All legislation affecting K-12 education should be considered through this lens. Wiping out an entire category of educational opportunity which has demonstrated >

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