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PAPER PACKET: Ashley Breault helps her daughter Maria do her kindergarten work. Breault had to pick up the homework at her daughter’s school, Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Central Falls, after her daughter’s teacher had to go on medical leave and was replaced by a long-term substitute teacher. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Shortage of substitute teachers plagues some schools

Ashley Breault wasn’t sure what was happening those first few days of school in September. For a week, her 5-year-old daughter Maria didn’t have a...

Providence Teachers Union president: Displacement notices ‘a little unexpected’

PROVIDENCE – Providence Teachers Union President Maribeth K. Calabro said Friday the displacement notices that about three dozen union members received earlier this week...

Roughly 3 dozen Providence Teachers Union members receive displacement notices

PROVIDENCE – Approximately three dozen members of the Providence Teachers Union who work in the Providence Public School District’s central office at 797 Westminster...

Five Questions with Maribeth Calabro, Providence Teachers Union president

Maribeth Calabro | President, Providence Teachers Union 1. The Providence public schools are now under R.I. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education control. What...
NO TEACHING AID: Students having smartphones in school has become an issue as they become more of a distraction than a potential learning tool.

As school districts battle student distraction, smartphones take center stage

The power of the smartphone to bring worldwide connectivity to the palm of a hand has transformed people’s daily lives. In public school classrooms, though,...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza announced that the city has reached a tentative agreement with the Providence Teachers Union, whose contract expired more than a year ago. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Elorza, Providence Teachers Union reach tentative contract agreement

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Teachers Union and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza have reached a tentative contract deal, Elorza announced Thursday. Specific details of the deal...
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