Another snow storm is on its way. The new state Board of Education has all its members in place now. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast. Plus in this week’s This I Believe—Rhode Island essay, writer and actress Janine Weisman talks about the importance of community.
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Central Falls schools are in for a major facelift thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Central Falls is one of 16 cities across the country to receive generous grants from the Microsoft mogul.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a $10 million grant to the Central Falls District-Charter Collaboration Compact. That’s a coalition of Central Falls public schools and five nearby charter schools. The money will be used to upgrade and build schools. Central Falls superintendent Fran Gallo says the funds will be put to good use.
Since James Diossa’s swearing in as Mayor of Central Falls, his former seat on the City Council has sat empty. Steven Corrales is running unopposed for this seat in a special election this March 26th. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s Jehane Samaha reports, time is running out for Central Falls voters to register.
US Attorney Peter Neronha says the sentencing this week of former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau is a stark reminder of a blinkered view of public service held by a string of corrupt Rhode Island politicians.