SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION

Letter to the Editor – Newport Public Schools ALN Forum

On Thursday, March 10th the Alliance For A Livable Newport (ALN) held one our most important public forums of the year featuring the Newport Public Schools (NPS). Even though advance publicity was good; the turnout was disappointing. This was unfortunate in that the presentation by School Committee members and School Administration officers was outstanding. Their plans for continuous improvement were informative, comprehensive and impressive. View the presentation slides here: >> NPS ALN Presentation Final-03102016 A small, but well-informed audience raised important issues. One asked if opportunity remains for high school regionalization among Aquidneck communities and learned that this may still be possible, but will require concentrated effort to overcome negative stereotypes about Newport schools. In fact, opportunities exist today that allow our students to attend classes in other districts, and a unique “schools within a school” curriculum has been developed at Rogers High School to custom tailor educational opportunities for college and work force readiness. “Every student will now graduate with a plan,” promised NPS School Superintendent, Colleen Jermain. Our schools – Newport’s largest budget expenditure and our hope for the future – have been the brunt of long standing criticism. The presentations belied such an impression. At the end of […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 14, 2016 at 9:25 pm

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RHODE ISLAND’S DIPLOMA SYSTEM & RI STATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Commissioner Wagner & the Rhode Island Department of Education invite YOU to participate in a community conversation to inform RHODE ISLAND’S DIPLOMA SYSTEM & RI STATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS   DiplomaSystemPoster-2016Conv Newport County Community Conversation Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:00-7:30pm Middletown High School Auditorium on the lower level We Hope to See You There! The Rhode Island Diploma System Preparing all students for success in college, careers, and life Rhode Island has implemented a statewide diploma system to ensure access for all middle and high school students to rigorous, high quality, personalized learning opportunities and pathways. http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/RIPublicSchools/DiplomaSystem.aspx#12544-students 2020 VISION FOR EDUCATION: RHODE ISLAND’S STRATEGIC PLAN FOR PK-12 & ADULT EDUCATION, 2015-2020 http://ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Board-of-Education/Strategic-Plan/2020VisionForEducation.pdf We hope to engage a broad group of community members including representatives from elementary schools as well as secondary schools This is a timely opportunity with the recent adoption of our state’s most innovative & collaborative strategic plan to date. RIDE has continued that collaborative process by convening a series of meetings with school based leadership groups and these community conversations will enhance that work. The community conversations will include a brief presentation and a community response panel with opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback.  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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City of Newport – Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update Kick-Off Meeting, October 13th

http://cityofnewport.com/departments/planning-development/comprehensive-land-use-plan WHEN: Tuesday October 13th  6:30-8:30pm WHERE: Pell School | 35 Dexter St., Newport RI The City of Newport and the Planning Board are in process of updating the Newport Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This update includes only the updating of data and statistics to keep the document that was adopted in 2004 in compliance with current State requirements. The State of Rhode Island has issued new requirements for municipalities to include in their next Comprehensive Plan. After the data revisions are complete and adopted, Newport will begin the process of reviewing and revising the entire document to bring it in compliance with the new State regulations that go into effect as of June 1st, 2016. The following links contain the 2004 Comprehensive Land Use Plan as adopted in 2004 by the City Council. This document forms the legal basis for all land use decisions made by the City as well as Zoning Ordinances and Land Development – Subdivision Regulations. All Zoning and Land Development Amendments enacted must be in compliance with the adopted Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Title Page – Table of Contents Element 1 – Executive Summary Element 2 – Land Use Element 2 – Appendices Element 3 – Housing […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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Newport – “Learn about the ballot issues and hear from the Candidates.”

Brought to you by the Alliance for a Livable Newport. “Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues.” YOUR ALLIANCE FOR A LIVABLE NEWPORT ENCOURAGES YOU TO… Learn about the ballot issues and from the candidates….BEFORE voting on November 4th Go on-line to view videos of ALN’s 5 Public Forums: http://newportalliance.org/videos/ – Newport City Council 2 & 3rd Ward Candidates – Newport City Council at Large Candidates – Newport School Committee Candidates – Ballot Questions #1 & 2 (Casino) – Ballot Questions #3-20 (State & Local) Then read Council and School Committee candidates’ written responses to questions posed by the voters. You will also find a mini-guide to the 20 state and local ballot questions. http://newportalliance.org/2014-candidates-questionnaires-city-council-and-school-committee-2/ www.NewportAlliance.org Improving the quality of life in Newport by being an unbiased resource for information on the issues of importance to our Community Won’t you join ALN and help support our efforts? http://newportalliance.org/join/membership/

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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The Newport Daily News says; “Let charter proposals go to voters!”

Sign the petition here! http://newportalliance.org/sign-the-petition-asking-newport-city-council-to-allow-voters-to-decide-ward-representation-issues/ Published in The Newport Daily News, Tuesday, July 22, 2014  Since last November, a Charter Review Commission has been meeting regularly, including holding a number of public hearings, to discuss potential changes to Newport’s charter.  But earlier this month, the City Council by a 5-2 vote rejected the commission’s major recommendations, including changing the number of voting wards in the city and how School Committee members would be elected. “There is not much left of our recommendations,” Isabel Griffith, commission chairwoman, said after the July 10 vote. “Obviously, the City Council members feel they know better than ourselves what is best for us.” The council will get a chance to change its mind this week, when the recommendations will come up for reconsideration during its meeting Wednesday night. We hope it will reverse course and send all 20 recommendations to voters on Nov. 4. Any personal objections council members may have with the recommendations should not interfere with the decision to send the proposed amendments to voters. Earlier this year, for example, council members speedily approved asking voters to approve table games for Newport Grand, regardless of their individual stances on gambling, citing the “people’s right […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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The Finance Review Committee (FRC) and Charter Review Commission (CRC)

ALN Hosts Finance and Charter Panels By Barry Bridges The Finance Review Committee (FRC) and Charter Review Commission (CRC) recently discussed their findings in a public forum sponsored by Alliance for a Livable Newport. After months of work, their reports were presented to City Council on May 28 and are presently under consideration. The FRC, under the leadership of Ronald Becker, compiled a lengthy list of ideas for city leaders with the goal of creating efficiencies and saving money. The recommendations were grouped into broad categories of city services, schools, financial planning, tax exempt property, tourism, and salaries and benefits. Concerning the schools, the FRC proposed creating a dedicated grant-writing position; combining the city and school finance functions under one department; improving communications through the city/school liaison subcommittee; and implementing strategies to reduce high per-pupil expenditures. Other ideas included pursuing payments-in-lieu-of-taxes from tax exempt entities and increasing parking meter revenues by expanding hours and street coverage. The panel also offered specific changes to pensions and medical benefits to improve Newport’s bottom line. Becker emphasized that at this point, all of the proposals are recommendations for action by the council. The committee hopes to receive steady progress reports on the status […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 4, 2014 at 9:56 am

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Feb. 8th! The Newport IT working group afterschool program called the Thompson Techno Expo

The Newport IT working group has been putting on an after school program called the Thompson Techno Expo.  We are culminating with a public expo on February 8th with the intent of the students teaching the community about our local communication infrastructure. It’s been a lot of work and we’re hoping its a beta project for other after school programs.  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 31, 2014 at 2:02 pm

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2 Important new websites – Engage Newport + Mind Mixer are live! What does this mean for Newport?

http://engagenewport.com/ Engage Newport Engage Newport is an evolving forum for opinions and ideas about our city’s major initiatives. Alongside elected representatives, local media and community organizations, Engage Newport is another channel of communication between city government and the people of Newport. http://opinionnewport.mindmixer.com/ Opinion Newport is home to an ongoing series of surveys about major city issues and initiatives affecting Newport’s future. Starting with community resilience in the face of rising sea levels, you are invited to join the conversation about what matters to you. http://engagenewport.com/issues-and-initiatives This section shares select information and opinion from a City government perspective. Be sure to visit the city’s home page at www.cityofnewport.com to navigate the full spectrum of city services, city calendars and more. http://engagenewport.com/get-involved This series of articles will highlight and explain opportunities for public engagement in shaping the future of our community. Learn more about your elected representatives , boards and commissions , & community organizations engageNewport@cityofnewport.com Related articles Engage Newport – SEA Aware-Public Event on Rising Sea Level – Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. October 30th @ 6pm – Public Forum – Proposed Goat Island Hyatt Hotel Marina Needed: wise Newport citizens willing to serve on Newport Zoning Board […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

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ALN July Survey – “3 Questions, 3 Minutes”

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

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POLL: #1 Newport: RI’s Best Communities 2013

Surrounded by a sprawling waterfront, Newport was fittingly titled the “Birthplace of the Navy.” Since its establishment as a city, this highly visited community has enjoyed a history of progress and success. In fact, Newport has more standing buildings built before 1830 than any other American community. It offers cruises, excursion boats, city tours, golf, and fishing among other things for visitors making it one of the most desired tourist destinations in the country. http://www.golocalprov.com/news/1-newport-ris-best-communities-2013/ Newport by the numbers Established: 1639 Population: 24,672 Median household income: $58,080 Median housing price: $352,500 2013 Best Communities rankings Overall ranking: 1 Affordability ranking: 38 Education ranking: 35 Economic Condition ranking: 17 Safety ranking: 35 Arts & Culture ranking: 1 Famous residents Benedict Arnold, (governor) of Rhode Island William Coddington, governor of Rhode Island John Clarke, Baptist minister and drafter of the Royal Charter Nicholas Easton, governor of Rhode Island George Berkeley, philosopher Louis Alexandre Berthier, French Army officer, later Marshal of France and Napoleon’s chief of staff William Ellery, signer of the Declaration of Independence Robert Feke, portrait painter Peter Harrison, architect Samuel Hopkins (clergyman), Congregational minister, Calvinist theologian and pioneer leader for abolition of the slave trade Aaron Lopez, prominent merchant Louis-Marie, […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - June 24, 2013 at 7:49 am

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