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Shaking up the school system

Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
The Reformer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 23, 2010
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Can Beacon Hill do better?

With DiMasi gone, the idea of casino gambling is again alive.
Gambling and education take center stage
By EDITORIAL  |  September 25, 2009
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Can the Providence schools get it together?

As Rhode Island continues to struggle with budget deficits and economic development, the future of education is a piece of a large puzzle.
The answer will have a serious impact on the state’s economic future
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 11, 2008
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Primary Endorsements 2008

On June 10, Mainers in both the Democratic and Republican parties will get to vote on people to represent them in Washington DC.
Who we'd like to see in the first round
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 04, 2008
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The revenge of grammar

As an SAT tutor, I am constantly trying to explain why answer choice (A) is plainly, if subtly, superior to answer choice (C).
An SAT tutor embraces the expanded achievement test
By EMMA POLLIN  |  May 09, 2007
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Apartheid, Bush style

More pitiable than being a Democrat in President George W. Bush’s America is to be an African-American Democrat.
The Republican rape of New Orleans. Plus, Rumsfeld and Romney
By EDITORIAL  |  April 19, 2006