A Providence school teacher accused of taking a teenage boy to Florida will have a lot of time on his hands when he returns to Rhode Island. 56 year old David Jones has been placed on administrative leave while the Providence School Department launches an investigation.
David Jones may have bailed out of jail over the weekend. The Dade County, Florida jail, where Jones had been detained on $9,000 bond, said it had no one by that name Sunday morning.
The latest look at how well Rhode Island’s colleges and universities did in fundraising last year finds six of the state’s nine institutions raised more than $205 million. That’s up from what they raised in 2011.
The Council for Aid to Education looked at fundraising for Rhode Island’s four-year institutions except Johnson & Whales, Salve Regina and Providence College.
Brown University topped the list raising a little more than $178 million, that’s up from 2011. Bryant University and Roger Williams University also saw their donations go up last year.
It’s been about a year since a controversial prayer banner was removed from the auditorium of Cranston West high school. The removal was prompted by a federal court order, which found the banner infringed on the constitutional separation of church and state. We wondered what ever happened to that banner and asked Flo Jonic to look into it.
Rhode Island has released test scores that show 73 percent of public school students are proficient in reading and just 57 percent are proficient in Math. The numbers were relatively flat compared to previous years, so for more analysis we turned to State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. She spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison.
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Advances in technology have changed the types of skills needed to land a well-paying job. In this Policy & Pinot discussion, Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison examine how the state is retooling the education system from K-12 and beyond to prepare students for 21st Century jobs. Panelists are David Abbott, Deputy Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, Katherine Bergeron, Dean of the College at Brown University, John Hazen White, Jr., President of Taco, Inc., Steven Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology.
Obama on preschool funding, career/technical education
President Barack Obama called for publicly funded preschool programs during his State of the Union address this week, saying early childhood education would help more children succeed in school. He also suggested that more high schools should offer technical degrees or certificates so that students can go immediately into the workplace when they graduate.
This summer, Brown University plans to launch a School of Public Health. After ten years of planning and building, the School will pull together existing institutes, departments, and programs. The establishment of the School of Public Health should draw more funding and student talent, according to the University. Dr. Terrie “Fox” Wetle, associate dean of medicine for public health, will draw on her thirteen years of experience at Brown in her role as the dean of the new school.