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  • March 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri entered a long-running debate about the value of the early-education program Head Start this week. Here's what he said in a story yesterday by the ProJo's Steve Peoples:

    “Show me empirical evidence that Head Start has done anything,” he said. “I think it’s been the biggest waste of money, frankly.

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  • March 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Linda Borg's recent ProJo story, enumerating the reasons for Superintendent Donnie Evans's impending departure, told us a lot about the state of the Providence schools:

    Mary Sylvia Harrison, executive director of the College Crusade of Rhode Island, worries that the change in leadership will further disrupt a district already roiled by stalled contract negotiations and successive years of budget cuts.

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  • March 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Who knows the exact reason why Donnie Evans has decided not to seek another term as school superintendent in Providence. The bottom line is that Providence students are the big losers of this continued turnover in the top position.

    When Evans came in, he was supposed to represent an end to the revolving doors represented by his predecessors, Diana Lam and Melody Johnson.

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  • February 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    BRISTOL, R.I., Feb. 27, 2008 – Daniel Ayalon, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, will visit Roger Williams University tonight in a presentation titled “Prospects for Peace in the Middle East.”

    During his time as ambassador from 2002 to 2006, Mr. Ayalon played a lead role in deepening strategic, political and economic ties between Israel and the U.S. His extensive experience in foreign relations administration at the highest levels has helped foster a unique perspective on the variety of challenges affecting the Middle East.

  • February 19, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    For all the gun fans and phobes, and legal buffs, out there:

    Roger Williams University School of Law is hosting a debate on the meaning of the Second Amendment featuring two nationally known experts, Harvard Law Professor Mark Tushnet and Roger Williams Law Professor Carl Bogus. The debate will be this Wednesday, February 20, 2008, at 12:00 p.

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  • February 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Considering Brown University's already liberal reputation, those on the other side of the political spectrum will likely have fun with this, yet the chance to study in a foreign country remains a potentially valuable experience.

    From the Brown Daily Herald:

    Though the average American can't travel to Cuba, 10 Brown students will have the opportunity to spend next semester in Havana studying with 10 Cuban students at the Casa de Las Americas, taught entirely by Cuban professors.

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  • February 11, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    EMBATTLED INSTITUTION: The PPL's hybrid structure - a private organization with a public mission - sparks competing claims of who best speaks for its interests.

    Those who've followed the controversies involving the Providence Public Library in recent years may be interested in this event tonight, sponsored by the Library Reform Group, at Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, from 6-7:30 PM.

    Two noted library directors will participate in a public forum at Knight Memorial Library entitled “How Libraries Raise Money.

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  • February 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    David Segal and Matt Jerzyk yesterday used a ProJo op-ed to outline a progressive vision for Rhode Island.

    They focused on three important needs: efficiency through regionalization, and creating a predictable funding formula; building the Green economy; and delivering criminal-justice reform.

    THERE’S LITTLE disagreement that Rhode Island’s budget needs savings, that our property taxes are too high, or that our economy could use a boost.

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  • February 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Representative Victor Moffitt (R-Coventry) is shaping up as one of the bolder legislative voices in responding to the budget crisis.

    Following on the heels of his recent proposal to lower the sales tax, the rep just called for Rhode Island's schools to be divided into four districts:

    The rationale behind consolidating the current 36 school districts into 4 school regions is the potential for significant savings in the areas of administration and purchasing.

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  • January 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Battles involving janitors are nothing new at Providence College, and supportive members of the PC community plan to march in support of the workers today at 3. According to PC's Student Labor Alliance:

    Providence College students will hold a rally to encourage the creation of an inclusive, beloved community on campus, and in support of a just contract for the contracted janitors at Providence College

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  • January 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Following my post yesterday about Anthony Lewis's new book, Kim Ahern tells me that the former NY Times columnist is slated to visit Roger Williams University's School of Law on March 19.

  • January 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Last Liberal: Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and the Decisions That Transformed America

    Thanks to a recommendation from Matt, I recently read The Last Liberal: Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and the Decisions that Transformed America. It's a fascinating account of the former Supreme Court justice, who, although little known by most Americans, played a huge role in advocating for free speech and civil liberties.

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  • January 13, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Not that this has much to do with anything, but I've heard Hillary speak twice in person, once in Boston with Marian Wright Edelman when Bill was president, and then when she was in Rhode Island almost 10 years ago, helping, as I wrote at the time, to fan fears about school violence:

    [] Hillary Rodham Clinton smiled frequently and sported a tasteful brown pantsuit when she visited Cumberland High School earlier this week, but she might as well have been wearing a fright mask.

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  • December 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Exciting news from Jack Templin and our friends at RI Nexus:

    BREAKING NEWS: MIT Media Lab's John Maeda to become RISD's new president

    In Rhode Island's info-tech & digital media (ITDM) community 2007 is going out with a bang - this morning RISD announced that John Maeda will become the school's 16th president.


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  • November 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Two years after the annual bash on College Hill brought down the wrath of Bill O'Reilly, only five people needed EMS services -- a slim number in the legacy of the libidinous event at Brown. The BDH reports:

    Security at this year's Sex Power God was so strict that God himself - in fact Ben Struhl '09 dressed in a sheet and a long white beard - was denied entry for not having valid identification.

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