Sunday, September 17, 2017

State officials prioritizing needs following study into RI school building conditions

Posted: Sep 14, 2017 4:47 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2017 4:47 PM EDT
By: Chloe Leshner

We're digging deeper into a first of its kind study into Rhode Island's crumbling classrooms. Now that state officials have a pretty good grasp about just how bad the schools are, 2 questions need to be answered. How to fix it and how to pay for it.

That report paints a grim picture of the conditions Rhode Island students learn in and with a $2.2 billion price tag to get every public school in pristine condition, the task force now has to prioritize what realistically can get done first.

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2017 State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses Report

Click here to read the facilities assessment report released today. The RIDE website also has a clickable map that allows you to read individual reports for every single school building in the state. To see that map, click here.

Notable information from the reports include:

  • $627.6 million in immediate work is required to make all RI schools "warm, safe, and dry" (fire alarms, roof and window replacement).
  • $2.2 billion would bring all facilities up to "aspirational standards", which includes repairs as well as creating 21st century learning environments.
  • 54% of RI's traditional schools can accommodate 350 students or fewer, but average enrollment in 2016-17 was 488.
  • Sample facility deficiency costs by district:
             Barrington -- $47.8 million
             East Providence -- $137.5 million
             Providence -- $372.4 million
             Tiverton -- $46 million
             Warwick -- $190 million

  • Sample facility deficiency costs by school building:

              Barrington Middle School -- $21.4 million
              East Providence High School -- $38.7 million
              Classical High School -- $17.3 million
              Tiverton High School -- $22.4 million
              Warwick Vets -- $27.3 million

There is already news coverage regarding these reports online from Linda Borg (here) and Dan McGowan (here).

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Providence, RI 02903
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RI schools need $2.2B in repairs. Here are 12 things everyone should know

By Dan McGowan, Reporter
Published: September 13, 2017, 2:30 pm  Updated: September 13, 2017, 7:10 pm

Governor names 16-member task force to determine next steps by December

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Public schools across Rhode Island will need more than $2 billion in repairs or upgrades in the coming years, according to a study released Wednesday by Gov. Gina Raimondo...

So what types of problems do schools have and how will they be addressed? Here’s an overview. (You can read the consultants’ full report here and their recommendations here.)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

RIDE proposes new procedures for disproportionality, hearings scheduled

On December 16, 2016, the Secretary of Education amended the IDEA Part B which requires States to revise their State Policies and Procedures (PPs) for Significant Disproportionality...

The Secretary amends the regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governing the Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities program and the Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities program...

The recommended revisions to RI Policies and Procedures for Significant Disproportionality are available for public review and comment on the RIDE website from August 5, 2017 through October 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:
August 23, 2017 - Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location:  Times 2 Academy, 50 Fillmore St, Providence, RI 02908
September 6, 2017 - Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location:  Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 02889
October 4, 2017 - Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location:  Middletown Public Library, 700 W Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

Public Comment:
Comments may be submitted through email to Karen Lovett at with “Significant Disproportionality under IDEA Part B - Public Comment” in the subject line,
or mailed to:
Significant Disproportionality under IDEA Part B - Public Comment
Attention: Karen Lovett
Rhode Island Department of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

General questions or requests for alternative formats of the recommended revisions to RI Policies and Procedures for Significant Disproportionality may be directed to Karen Lovett via email or by calling 401-222-8333.

The hearing location is accessible to persons with disabilities, and interpreter services for the hearing impaired will be provided if requested 48 hours prior to the hearing. Requests for this service can be made in writing or by calling Karen Lovett at 401-222-8333 or RI Relay 1-800-745-5555.

What's Ahead for Rhode Island Schools

Panel Discussion, Monday August 21, (7:00 - 9:00), 118 Gano St., Providence, sponsored by Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island

The panelists:  Carole Marshall, former teacher and the author of Stubborn Hope, a meditation on her experiences at Hope High School; Zack Mezera, Executive Director of Providence Student Union; and Mark Santow, Professor and member of the Providence School Board.

Discussion will be loosely based on Rhode Island's Every Student Succeeds Act Draft (ESSA) which will be completed and submitted to Betsy DeVos' Department of Education in September. There will be plenty of time for audience participation.  If you're interested you're invited.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Providence's Capital Improvement Plan and Infrastructure Bond

If you want more information on the Capital Improvement Plan, please visit If you’d like more information on the contents of this fiscal year’s budget, those items – as always – can be found on

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Providence City Hall
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Providence, RI 02903
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Providence Commercial Tax Rate Creating Two Classes of Business

Monday, July 31, 2017
GoLocalProv Business Team and Kate Nagle

Downtown Providence
The new building projects coming to Providence are asking for millions of dollars in tax breaks — tax stabilization plans...

...Providence functionally can’t compete without major subsidies. Thus, the new projects are “the haves” — new, modern, and heavily subsidized. Then, there are the "have nots."

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