SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION

June Survey Statistics, Results, Graph and Charts

SHARE THIS REPORT:         Survey Report: June 2013 VIEWED  404 STARTED  262 COMPLETED  121 COMPLETION RATE  46% DROP OUTS  141 TIME TO COMPLETE  4 mins  “The city could save half a million dollars.” We heard this first from Harry Winthrop at an ALN forum in April. Now we have Naomi Neville’s comments in the Newport Daily News’ Guest View column of 5/28/13 making a clear case for combining School Committee and city resources in managing finances and other administrative services for the schools. Do you think this would this be a good idea? Yes : 61.47%No : 11.01%Maybe : 27.52% Answer Count Percent 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 1. Yes 134 61.47% 2. No 24 11.01% 3. Maybe 60 27.52% Total 218 100% Mean: 1.661 Confidence Interval @ 95%: [1.543 – 1.778] Standard Deviation: 0.882 Standard Error: 0.060  The summer season has begun! In spite of the fact that Newport has ordinances in many neighborhoods prohibiting rentals of less than a month, there is a growing “underground” business in Newport rentals of a week or less operated by individual homeowners. Are you in favor of short-term rentals in most of Newport’s neighborhoods? Answer Count Percent 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 1. […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - June 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

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Survey Question #1 Responses – School Committee save $500k per year?

ADD your responses below! Or post them on our Facebook page! Share this with your Newport neighbors, tell us what you think! Your voice, your community, your opinion matters!  “The city could save half a million dollars.” We heard this first from Harry Winthrop at an ALN forum in April. Now we have Naomi Neville’s comments in the Newport Daily News’ Guest View column of 5/28/13 making a clear case for combining School Committee and city resources in managing finances and other administrative services for the schools. Do you think this would this be a good idea? 06/03/2013 7581023 [Yes] It is an administrative savings that is long overdue. 06/05/2013 7607639 [Yes] Great idea, but it might not result in actual tax savings. The savings would end up on the school side and might not count toward maintenance of effort. Regardless, it is money which could be put toward early education programs. 06/05/2013 7607877 [Maybe] It is worthy of examination. With the proper controls, checks and balances in place, the schools Administrator should not have to worry that educational funds would be siphoned off elsewhere. There is also the concern that the schools would be nickel and dimed to death […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - June 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm

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Newport Councilor Claims Superintendent Violated State Law

Newport City Councilor Michael Farley said a $750,000 shortfall in the 2012-13 school budget should had been reported within five days after it was discovered. By Olga Enger Email the author June 4, 2013 After a budget meeting with members of the Newport City Council and School Committee Thursday, Councilor Michael Farley said a $745,000 school budget shortfall came to light that should had been previously reported. “The school committee had a legal obligation to notify the council of all shortfalls within five days of discovery of this and all other budget shortfalls,” said Farley. At the meeting, Superintendent Jack Ambrogi said because a business manager did not appropriately allocate funds, there was a $600,00 shortfall for tuition and a $145,000 shortfall for bus monitors. “We already put a freeze on the budget back in March because we knew that there were issues,” said Ambrogi. “We already said that we weren’t going to spend any of that capital improvement money this year because we knew there were issues.” In response, Farley made seven requests to the School Committee for supporting documentation under the Freedom of Information Act and the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act. “It is important to […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - June 6, 2013 at 7:56 am

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Newport’s civic groups seeking a larger role

http://www.newportri.com/newportdailynews/news/newport-s-civic-groups-seeking-a-larger-role/article_da94f827-1289-5b06-becb-d180e815c354.html   Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:08 am | Updated: 1:56 pm, Wed May 8, 2013.   By Sean Flynn l Newport Daily News | 0 comments   Leaders of seven active neighborhood associations in Newport said Tuesday night they feel ignored by city and elected officials and will be seeking acknowledgement that they represent the interests of local residents. “My big goal is building cooperation and a sense of trust with the city,” said Beth Cullen, president of the Point Association. Among the changes she would like to see is an “Office of Neighborhoods” in city government, as found in many cities across the country, including Charleston, S.C. Cullen also would like the city’s website to provide links to the web pages of the various neighborhood associations. Besides the Point Association, representatives of the Off-Broadway, the Historic Hill, the Bellevue Avenue-Ochre Point, the Castle Hill and the Top of the Hill neighborhood associations, as well as the new North End Neighborhood Association, met at the St. John the Evangelist Parish House on Poplar Street. Representatives of the citywide Alliance for a Livable Newport, which has had more success getting attention from city officials, also were present. Almost everyone among the two dozen people at […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - May 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

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Newport Daily News Front Page April 17, 2013 ALN Forum

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Posted by NewportAlliance - April 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

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Open Town Hall Meeting April 16th 6:30pm-8pm Newport Public Library

Open Town Hall Meeting April 16, 2013 6:30-8pm YOU ARE INVITED! All Newport Residents are encouraged to attend this issue packed event! This is your opportunity to ask important questions about the City of Newport and Newport Public Schools. Please join us and “bring a friend”! Sponsored by The Alliance for a Livable Newport Where:  Newport Public Library – Program Room               300 Spring Street, Newport, RI When:   Tuesday, April 16th – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Panelists for the Forum  Harry Winthrop Naomi Neville Dr. Charles Shoemaker Jo Eva Gaines Mayor & Chairman Newport City Council Vice Chairman Newport City Council Chairman Newport School Committee Vice Chairman Newport School Committee   What questions do you have? After brief opening remarks be each of the panelists, Newport residents will have the opportunity to ask any and all questions about issues you may have regarding our city and schools. Please send your questions in advance for the panel to info@newportalliance.org     Public Access                         This forum will be videotaped for viewing on Public Access TV and on our website. To view other recent […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - April 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

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Question #1 Responses – January Survey “3 Questions, 3 Minutes”

Question #1: Safety in the schools is a hot issue in the aftermath of continuing gun violence in public places. What plans would you support to insure the safety in public schools and other public places? Answer Count Percent 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 1. Locked doors; armed security guards 30 16.48% 2. Mandatory defense training for all teachers and school staff 30 16.48% 3. Outlaw automatic weapons, assault rifles, and magazines/clips holding more than 10 rounds; and make background checks mandatory for all gun sales 95 52.20% 4. Other 27 14.84% Total 182 100% Metal detectors; but no armed guards, please. This is a very rare event. Kids are just as likely to get struck by lightning at a football game (it does happen). RI has a high level of gun control. I think we are doing all we reasonably can. I do not think we need armed guards and training of school staff should be of a preventative nature – they should not be armed, but nonlethal items such as mace and tear gas maybe necessary. Each school should have an emergency plan and conduct drills so everyone knows what to do in event of an attack. Every […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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January Survey; 3 Questions, 3 minutes, tell us what you think!

Anyone can take this survey! Please share with your friends. We encourage every Newport Resident to participate. CLICK HERE >> January 2013 ALN » http://ALN-January-2013.questionpro.com  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

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Newport Schools Make Security Changes in Light of Newtown Shooting – Newport, RI Patch

In the wake of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Newport schools are taking more safety precautions, Superintendent John Ambrogi said on Monday. “We needed to make sure we’re locking all the doors of every one of the elementary schools,” he said on Monday afternoon. Some doors had been unlocked and he had received “an abundance of caution.”Despite making sure that all doors are locked, complete and total safety is never guaranteed, he admitted.“Sandy Hook had all the procedures in place, including a buzzer system to get into the school. Unfortunately, when someone really wants to breach a school and are bent on doing it, as sad as it may be, it’s a reality,” he said.The major issues at hand are gun control and mental health, he added.“As an educator, I grieve at the loss of innocent children and administrators and teachers who gave their lives to protect their students,” Ambrogi said in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “As fellow educators, I know our thoughts are with the Sandy Hook Elementary School educational community and hope that somehow they are able to come back and persevere despite this terrible tragedy.”Ambrogi said he spoke with Police Chief […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

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Steve Heath seeking advisers for “Newport FabLab” at East Bay Met School

(October 21, 2012) A team of educators, industry representatives, after school providers, and public officials are developing a digital fabrication studio (FabLab) in the Florence Gray Center in the north end of Newport. (1 York St Newport, RI 02840 ) Leading this initiative is Steve Heath, Community Learning Specialist, East Bay Met School. Steve has 15 years of program development in urban public, and private schools  and can be reached at (401) 439-0160, sheath@metmail.org, or 1 York Street, Newport, RI 02840 The Newport FabLab promises to serve as a catalyst for educational collaboration and industry participation by addressing disenfranchised and high achieving students of all ages. Steve says that he is “committed to the ‘FabLab’ project because it addresses educational needs, business aspirations, community development opportunities and innovative ideas.” What is a FabLab?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fab_lab                                             A FabLab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. A FabLab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”.[3] This includes technology-enabled products […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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