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GOV. GINA M RAIMONDO will propose a $30 million increase in school funding and expanded job training in a budget she will release later this week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo proposes funding boost for education, job training; expansion of tuition-free...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says she will propose a budget this week that boosts support for education and teacher training from pre-school through...
WHILE THE MAJORITY of public colleges and universities in New England saw double-digit increases in tuition and fee totals at two- and four-year institutions since the 2012-13 academic year, Rhode Island's results were split. The Ocean State saw a 15.5 percent increase in two-year tuition and fees (represented by the two top bar graphs) but a 9.8 percent decrease in four-year tuition and fees (represented by the two bottom bar graphs). / COURTESY NEW ENGLAND BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Report: Tuition, fee increases at public colleges impact region; R.I. results...

PROVIDENCE – Increases in tuition and fees at public colleges and universities across the region in the past five academic years have widened the...
THE SECOND COHORT of the Rhode Island Promise program saw more interest than the first cohort, according to data released by the Community College of Rhode Island. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

CCRI reports 47% gain in R.I. Promise enrollments, boost in diversity

WARWICK – Forty-seven percent more first-time, full-time students enrolled in the second Rhode Island Promise cohort than the first, according to Community College of...
ON FRIDAY, the Community College of Rhode Island confirmed 62.4 percent of the initial R.I. Promise cohort returned for a second year of tuition- and fee-free coursework. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

R.I. Promise retention rate on par with previous years before program

WARWICK – By the school's count, the retention rate of Rhode Island Promise students reported by the Community College of Rhode Island earlier this...

40% of R.I. Promise students did not return for year two

WARWICK – Forty percent of the first cohort of Rhode Island Promise students enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island did not return...
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND confirmed Friday that 40 percent of the initial Rhode Island Promise students did not return for their second year of studies. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

40% of R.I. Promise students did not return for year two

WARWICK – Forty percent of the first cohort of Rhode Island Promise students enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island did not return...
NO INCOME TAX: Republican gubernatorial candidate Giovanni Feroce said he would cut spending by eliminating “complete budgets,” such as the Department of Revenue and the Department of Motor Vehicles, to make up the difference for his proposal to get rid of the state income tax.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Self-described visionary and GOP gubernatorial candidate Giovanni Feroce wants to disrupt...

Giovanni Feroce sees himself as a proven leader, a visionary, someone who can create an economic future for Rhode Island as a hub for...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a former teacher-turned-House-minority firebrand capture the attention of voters...

Patricia Morgan has made a political career of standing up to power. A vocal critic of the truck tolls enacted this year in Rhode Island...

Education, economic policy linked for gubernatorial candidates

By many measures, Rhode Island has long had a troubled education system. While most major gubernatorial candidates have at least paid lip service to...
OF DEBT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Rhode Island ranked next to the bottom of a list of the states with the highest average student-loan debt for Class of 2017 graduates, presenting a significant impediment to the state’s economic future. 
 / COURTESY LENDEDU

High student debt is impediment to R.I.’s future economic health

The latest student-debt rankings put Rhode Island near the top – and not in a good way. According to LendEDU, an online student lending tool,...
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