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NO TEACHING AID: Students having smartphones in school has become an issue as they become more of a distraction than a potential learning tool.
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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,...

ACLU urges Providence schools to address racial disparities in discipline

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is calling upon Providence school officials to take steps before classes start next month...

R.I. Department of Education appoints 23 PrepareRI ambassadors

PROVIDENCE – The state Department of Education has named 23 PrepareRI ambassadors, a group of educators and community leaders who are expected to guide...
PRINCIPAL PRESSURES: East Providence School District Superintendent Kathryn Crowley said salary levels, work schedules, increased demands and public scrutiny could be reasons why principal positions seem to be less desirable than in the past. / PBN PHOTO/PAM BHATIA

Raimondo signs bill to fast-track principal certification in R.I.

East Providence School District Superintendent Kathryn Crowley can think of a handful of employees who she predicts would make good school principals. But for...
GETTING INVOLVED: Parent Yulaana Perez speaks during a public forum on the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy report on Providence schools. R.I. education commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza listen in the background. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Role for businesses in boosting city schools

Businesses expect more than they’re getting from Providence schools, including graduates who can enter the workforce directly from high school without remedial help, who...

Raimondo signs education-reform bill to realign curriculum statewide

PROVIDENCE – An education-reform measure that would realign curriculum in school systems statewide over the course of years was signed into law this week...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Education has awarded $1.5 million in AmeriCorps grants to 12 organizations to support 207 volunteer positions.

R.I. receives and awards $1.5M in AmeriCorps grants

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education has awarded $1.5 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, RIDE announced...
CITY AND STATE OFFICIALS have scheduled a series of public forums in the coming weeks for the community to discuss the findings of a report on Providence schools issued by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Report paints bleak picture of Providence schools

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Public School District is failing miserably at nearly every aspect of its mission, with students struggling to learn in schools...
RIDE ANNOUNCED the allocation of $3 million in federal funding for after-school and summer programs in Rhode Island.

R.I. receives $3.1M in federal grants for after-school and summer programs

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education announced the allocation of $3.1 million in federal grants Monday for 16 organizations that offer after-school and...

Brown establishes Policy Lab for scholars, government to work ‘shoulder to...

PROVIDENCE – Brown University has launched a policy research center that intends to bring together university experts, government officials and community members to develop...
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