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Raimondo pledges to expand Rhode Island Promise program if re-elected

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed to dramatically expand the Rhode Island Promise program, if re-elected to a second term. The scholarship program...
AN UPDATE ON THE SUCCESS of the Community College of Rhode Island students enrolled through the Rhode Island Promise program was released by CCRI Tuesday. / COURTESY CCRI

Numbers related to RI Promise cohort’s successes ‘encouraging’

WARWICK – The Rhode Island Promise scholarship program inception during the 2017-18 academic year has been accompanied by a 240 percent year-over-year increase in first-time,...
TIME TO VOTE: The Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 9 will hold a much-anticipated hearing on financing for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium. / COURTESY PAWTUCKET RED SOX

Are lawmakers ready to deal on PawSox?

The General Assembly has returned to work with a few critical topics to consider and a host of other issues that will likely lead...
DOLLARS WELL SPENT: The Rhode Island Promise scholarship program helped the Community College of Rhode Island grow enrollment of first-time, full-time students by nearly 50 percent in its first year. Will the General Assembly see clear to expand the program in the face of continuing budgetary pressure? / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

G.A.’s 2018 session sure to be a contentious, significant one

With an estimated $60 million budget shortfall in fiscal 2018 and another $200 million in fiscal 2019, Rhode Island’s elected leaders are faced with...
AS OF SEPT. 25, the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship led 1,478 first-time, full-time students to enroll at the Community College of Rhode Island. / COURTESY CCRI

More students won’t push bottom line for CCRI

WARWICK – Passage of the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship led more than 1,400 first-time, full-time students to enroll at the Community College of Rhode...
LENDING SUPPORT: Donald H. DeHayes, University of Rhode Island provost and vice president of academic affairs, says URI is sensitive to the cost of education and spends $100,000 on financial aid each year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tuition, fees up at Rhode Island colleges, universities

In the fall, Rhode Island’s public-college students will find their education a little more expensive. The fiscal year 2018 state budget included across-the-board tuition...

Opinion: High-quality child care: availability and affordability

A new school year began last week and education is top of mind for many families across Rhode Island, particularly the skyrocketing cost of...

R.I. Promise recipients should stay

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program is a good idea. By providing Community College of Rhode Island students with two years...

CCRI hosts R.I. Promise enrollment days

WARWICK - On August 10 and 17 the Community College of Rhode Island will host information sessions for prospective students looking to enroll through...
A RETURN TO OLD-STYLE POLITICS? House Finance Committee Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, have devised a $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018 that moves money around in odd ways to come into balance.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/

Unbalanced priorities, poor leadership in balanced budget

In dealing with $134 million in red ink from fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the state’s elected leaders have generated a strong – and...

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