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PROVIDENCE MAYOR-ELECT Brett Smiley, pictured, on Monday received a letter from Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and former mayors Joseph R. Paolino Jr. and Angel Taveras with recommendations about how to improve the city's educational structure. / COURTESY BRETT SMILEY

Elorza, former Providence mayors offer Smiley recommendations to change city’s education...

PROVIDENCE – Three former city mayors on Monday jointly offered Mayor-elect Brett Smiley four recommendations on how to transform education within the Providence Public...
R.I. EDUCATION COMMISSIONER Angélica Infante-Green wanted the business community to be involved in improving the public schools in Providence three years ago. Now a new public policy report has, in part, renewed those calls but on a statewide basis. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Calls renewed for business community to help with schools

Three years after R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green led the takeover of Providence’s failing schools with a plan that included the involvement of the...

RIPTA’s not the only public agency feeling effects of labor shortage

Like many companies in the private sector, some state agencies and municipalities are struggling to fill positions amid a severe labor shortage. The R.I. Public...
THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL on Wednesday unanimously approved a second vote to send a $125 million school construction bond referendum to the November ballot. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

City Council approves $125M school construction bond question, overrides Elorza’s school...

PROVIDENCE – In a special afternoon meeting Wednesday, the City Council approved two significant school-related measures, including sending a nine-figure school construction bond question...
THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL will hold Wednesday a special meeting to discuss a proposed $125 million bond referendum for school construction.

Providence City Council moves forward on $125M school construction bond

PROVIDENCE – The City Council in a special meeting Wednesday unanimously approved a first vote to advance a proposed $125 million bond referendum to...

JWU partners with Providence schools to increase educator pipeline

PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University and the Providence Public School District announced a new partnership to offer individuals associated with the district discounted...

Young Woods Elementary pre-K program receives 5-star award

PROVIDENCE – Young Woods Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten program was recently recognized with a 5-star rating from BrightStars. It is the city’s first pre-K program...

Masks back on in Providence schools

PROVIDENCE – A little more than a month after taking them off, masks are going back on in Providence public schools. The Providence Public School...
A NEW STUDY from Brown University's Annenberg Institute concludes that teacher retention rate declines within the Providence Public School District are not as dire as news reports suggest.

Study: Providence school teacher retention rates declining, but doesn’t show ‘exodus’

PROVIDENCE – Declining teacher retention rates within the Providence Public School District over the last three years since the state takeover and the onset...

Providence schools to make masks optional on April 11

PROVIDENCE – Come April 11, mask wearing for students and staff within the Providence Public School District will be optional. The district announced late Wednesday...
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