The first two segments introduce school programs that improve students' skills in personal finance and financial literacy. Chariho High School in Wood River Junction in southern Rhode Island is the only high school in the state that requires students to complete and pass a personal finance course. At Tolman High School in Pawtucket, students can take a course to become IRS-certified tax preparers in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. And at URI, Joan Gray Anderson instructs student teachers in the art and science of personal finance education.
The next segment discusses "Race to the Top" with Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, NEARI Executive Director Robert Walsh, and RI Federation of Teachers Executive Director Marcia Reback.
The final segment, "New Schools, New Ideas," explores alternative learning: mayoral academies, and a proposed new parochial high school at St. Patrick's in Providence.
Rhode Island's School: Where We Stand airs Wednesday, February 17 at 9:30 and re-broadcast on Friday, February 19 at 2 A.M. on WSBE Rhode Island PBS; and on Sunday, February, 28 at 10:30 P.M. on WSBE Learn.
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