AS Daily News Roundup:

Table of Contents
Education
ProJo: Award winner is always in ‘teacher mode’
ProJo: Teachers’ union goes to court
ProJo: Pre-kindergarten program wins praise
PBN: Five states eligible for $133M in Race to the Top
Health and Wellness
WJAR: Nurses planning rally at Providence hospital
ProJo: Birthrate among R.I. teens drops
ProJo: Nursing home says it will close
ProJo: Retirees told of shift to Medicare
Politics and Government
WRNI: Lawmakers consider mandatory ultrasound bill
ProJo: Cicilline acknowledges he misspoke
ProJo: Competing claims on soda tax
ProJo: Local officials told to use legislation as last option
ProJo: Settlement with retirees is questioned
Opinion
ProJo: Councils should be responsible for school budgets


Education

ProJo: Award winner is always in ‘teacher mode’ (A4)
By Linda Borg
PROVIDENCE –– She’s called “the crazy teacher” and with good reason. It’s not uncommon to see Lisa Rose Bucci, 29, a science teacher at Hope High School, rollerblade down the hallway to demonstrate the concept of inertia.

ProJo: Teachers’ union goes to court (A5)
By Jennifer D. Jordan
The North Providence Teachers’ Union has filed a complaint against Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist and the state Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education over the new educator evaluations being conducted in all Rhode Island public schools this year.

ProJo: Pre-kindergarten program wins praise (A5)
By Jennifer D. Jordan
PROVIDENCE –– After years of lagging in early childhood, Rhode Island has been recognized nationally for a high-quality pre-kindergarten program that started two years ago and, according to a report, has helped children make significant gains in literacy and math.

PBN: Five states eligible for $133M in Race to the Top
By PBN Staff

WASHINGTON — Five states that were finalists in an earlier “Race to the Top” education competition are eligible for a share of $133 million in federal funding to improve early learning centers, according to The Associated Press.

http://pbn.com/Five-states-eligible-for-133M-in-Race-to-the-Top-,66737?category_id=31&sub_type=stories,packages

Health and Wellness

WJAR: Nurses planning rally at Providence hospital
By Associated Press

A labor union says hundreds of nurses and other workers plan to picket outside Women & Infants Hospital in Providence to call for improved staffing levels and an end to a months-long hiring freeze.

http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2012/apr/11/nurses-planning-rally-providence-hospital-ar-996198/

ProJo: Birthrate among R.I. teens drops (A1)
By Lynn Arditi
Rhode Island’s teen birthrate from 2007 to 2010 fell 24 percent — the third-steepest decline in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The only states with steeper declines were Arizona (29 percent) and Nevada (25 percent).

ProJo: Nursing home says it will close (A1)
By Felice J. Freyer
Pawtuxet Village Care and Rehabilitation Center, a Warwick nursing home, has agreed to shut its doors after determining that its persistent quality problems could not be fixed. 

ProJo: Retirees told of shift to Medicare (A11)
By Mark Reynolds
JOHNSTON — Some local union contracts promise municipal employees lifelong health coverage, but that doesn’t mean the town can’t reap at least $500,000 in annual savings by establishing Medicare as the primary insurer for retirees who are old enough to qualify, according to Mayor Joseph M. Polisena.

Politics and Government

WRNI: Lawmakers consider mandatory ultrasound bill 
By Megan Hall

The debate over mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions has reached Rhode Island. Wednesday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee will review a bill that fines doctors for not offering the screenings.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1919934/RIPR.News/Lawmakers.consider.mandatory.ultrasound.bill

ProJo: Cicilline acknowledges he misspoke (A1)
By John E. Mulligan
WASHINGTON — Facing plummeting poll numbers, Rep. Da-vid N. Cicilline offered his first apology Tuesday for saying during his 2010 run for Congress that Providence was in “excellent financial condition” –– a claim that was proven a few months later to be untrue.

ProJo: Competing claims on soda tax (A1)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE –– The annual drive to impose a state tax on sodas and other sugary beverages drew support from local health-care organizations, who argued at a State House hearing on Tuesday that it would encourage better food choices and help fund obesity-prevention programs.

ProJo: Local officials told to use legislation as last option (A3)
By Tom Mooney
WARWICK — Toward the end of the three-hour pension workshop with mayors and town mangers, Mark Dingley, the general treasurer’s lawyer, asked the roundtable of municipal officials to pick up their pencils and write down two words.

ProJo: Settlement with retirees is questioned (A7)
By W. Zachary Malinowski
PROVIDENCE — The authors of a settlement agreement that calls for the state to provide $2.6 million to more than 100 retired police and firefighters told the House Finance Committee on Tuesday that the payout is “unique” to the state’s first and only bankrupt city and they have serious doubts that any city or town will ever face the same dire predicament.

Opinion

ProJo: Councils should be responsible for school budgets (B7)
By John J. Tassoni Jr.
When residents get upset about an increase in their property-tax bills, they typically hold accountable the people responsible for setting the tax rate on their properties: members of the city or town council in the communities where they reside.
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