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A NEW ONE-YEAR contract agreement was reached Thursday between the Providence Teachers Union and the Providence Public School District that includes pay raises and increases the length of school days by 30 minutes.

New Providence teachers contract includes pay raises, extended school days

PROVIDENCE – Late Thursday, a new contract agreement was reached between the Providence Teachers Union and the Providence Public School District, which includes pay...

Senate panel mulls ranked-choice voting for primaries, state elections

In October 2021, Sen. Samuel Zurier, D-Providence, won a five-person Democratic primary with a little more than 31% of the vote. The second and...
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Providence’s tax proposal is responsible and necessary

Inflation and increased costs, the likelihood of a recession and pandemic-era federal funds drying up are just some of the challenges facing Providence and...
NIRVA LAFORTUNE, a former Providence City Council member and mayoral candidate, has been named the new executive director and senior vice president for City Year Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Former City Councilor LaFortune to lead City Year Providence

PROVIDENCE – A former city councilor and mayoral candidate is now set to lead City Year Providence. The education and youth support organization announced Friday...
LEADERS AT THE STEEL YARD, the nonprofit industrial art center and studio, assisted in assembling the 57-page plan called PVDx2031: A Cultural Plan for Culture Shift. / COURTESY THE STEEL YARD

Will Providence’s new ‘cultural plan’ have support to boost the creative...

City officials have released a new cultural plan they are hoping will work as a framework to guide policies and investments in the arts...
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 251 and First Student Inc. have reached a new four-year contract agreement for Providence school bus drivers.

Teamsters Local 251 bus drivers, First Student reach new agreement, avoid...

PROVIDENCE – A new contract agreement has been reached between the local union that represents school bus drivers in the city and First Student...
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Most-read stories on PBN.com, Feb. 2023

1. $27M grant could finish Providence’s bike lane network, but Smiley noncommittal POSTED ONLINE: FEB. 17. A new, $27 million federal grant could hypothetically cover the...

Providence pension system not on city’s legislative priorities list

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Brett Smiley still wants Providence to join the state pension system as one way to ease the city's pension crisis. But...
THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE recently received a $27 million federal grant for its urban trail network of protected, two-way bike lanes, such as the one pictured on Empire Street in downtown Providence. However, Mayor Brett Smiley hasn't committed to finishing the network laid out by former Mayor Jorge Elorza, and his administration is still reviewing city infrastructure before deciding how to spend the money. / PBN FILE PHOTO//ELIZABETH GRAHAM

$27M grant could finish Providence’s bike lane network, but Smiley noncommittal

PROVIDENCE – A new, $27 million federal grant could hypothetically cover the cost to finish former Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s ambitious “urban trail” network. But...
WATCHFUL EYE: Providence City Councilman John Goncalves, a Brown graduate, says the university’s expansion can’t come at the expense of much-needed city taxes. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Jewelry District’s promise tied to Brown’s ongoing expansion

Providence’s Jewelry District has a proud past as a national manufacturing hub and may one day be the innovation and design center city marketers...
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