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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – Be an informed voter

The Newport Daily News | Page A07Tuesday, 2 October 2018 As we’ve seen in the past week, the old shibboleth “Elections have consequences” holds true. We are now less than six weeks before the elections on Nov. 6. According to a recent Pew Survey, voter enthusiasm is at its highest level for any midterm election in more than two decades. The enthusiasm that holds for the national elections should translate to the local level. This is certainly a positive sign, but will voters in Newport be as knowledgeable of critical local issues as those at the national level? To assist Newport voters to learn more about their candidates and make informed decisions for whom to vote, the nonpartisan Alliance for a Livable Newport has been conducting public candidate forums since 2010. Prior to the forums, questionnaires are sent to all local candidates. This year, all 21 candidates in contested elections for Newport City Council and School Committee have posted their responses to the questions submitted by the community and ALN. The alliance encourages all Newport citizens to read the responses at NewportAlliance.org. In addition to reviewing the written responses, citizens are encouraged to attend the three public forums in October where the candidates […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 2, 2018 at 9:13 am

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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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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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Open House Sheds Light, Reveals Rifts

http://www.newport-now.com/news/open-house-sheds-light%2C-reveals-rifts/ By Tom Shevlin, April 19, 2013 Newport This Week (Newport-Now.com)  NEWPORT – School lunches, budgets, the search for a new superintendent, what to do about excess elementary schools, a push for a new parking garage, the redevelopment of the North End, a proposal to require Newport residents to pay as they throw, and the seemingly ever present issue of trust between the city’s top two elected bodies. They were all topics of conversation on Tuesday when the Alliance for a Livable Newport hosted what it called an open house to discuss citywide issues with members of the School Committee and City Council. The roughly hour-long session, which drew about two dozen members of the public to the downstairs meeting room of the Newport Public Library, began with a series of questions related to the city’s public schools. Taking primacy were two lines of questioning: the first seeking clarification regarding the search for a new superintendent, and a second addressing the continued struggles of Rogers High School students on the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, test. Representing the School Committee were Chairman Dr. Charles Shoemaker and Vice Chair Jo Eva Gaines. According to Gaines, in finding the city’s next […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - May 12, 2013 at 9:56 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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March 20 from 5:30-7:00 pm ALN League of Women Voters Workshop

The Alliance for a Livable Newport and the League of Women Voters, Newport County, will host a workshop March 20 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Newport Public Library, Rotary Room, 300 Spring Street, to discuss the financial impact of Race to the Top and the particulars of the new Rhode Island school funding formula. *Space for this workshop is very limited. The Rotary room at the Newport Public Library will hold two dozen people. Please come early to make sure of a seat. Funding Our Schools-Rhode Island’s Role in Supporting Local Education Until the passage of new legislation in June 2010, Rhode Island was one of only two states that did not use a funding formula to help support local school districts. Rhode Island’s new funding formula has been in place for almost two years, and the state has also received new federal monies as part of the Race to the Top grant. What exactly is a funding formula and what does this all mean to local school districts? Alda Rego, Rhode Island Department of Education‘s Director of Finance, and Kristen Cole, RIDE’s Senior Finance Officer, will explain how Rhode Island’s school funding formula affects local community school funding and […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

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