(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island starts the New Year with uncertainty about who is overseeing public education. A state law dissolved the boards of higher education and k-12 public schools as of December 31st, and a new board was supposed to takeover on January 1st.
But Governor Lincoln Chafee has named only the chair of the new board. His pick was attorney and former higher education board member Eva Marie Mancuso.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has settled a lawsuit with the Cranston School Department. The settlement allows a mother with a criminal record to volunteer at her daughter’s elementary school.
When Jessica Doyle was in her early 20’s, she was a heroin addict who was convicted twice for felony drug charges. This was before her daughter was born in 2003. And since then she’s received treatment and is an advocate for drug prevention.
RISD President John Maeda reveals the parent-teacher conference that marked him for life, how he came to see the computer as a spiritual space for thinking and what he learned from sitting in a sandbox for several hours a day.
Wesleyan has ended its blanket need-blind admissions policy, saying it can no longer afford to admit every qualified student. Like Brown University, Wesleyan promises financial aid to any student who needs it. For a small number of applicants, that means they will not gain entrance to the college this year because they do not have enough money attend.
The Board of Governors for Higher Education has just three full meetings left before it ceases to exist, at least in its current form.
The state is dissolving both the Board of Governors and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education. Instead, a single board will oversee the state’s public schools and colleges and universities starting on January 1st, 2013. (No word yet, by the way, on when Governor Lincoln Chafee will announce his appointees for the new board)
Items the Board of Governors may address in its final days include:
School leaders say 90 percent of the faculty at Spaziano Elementary School in Providence support their plan to turn the public school into a charter school.
Spaziano has filed an early “prospectus” detailing its plans to the Providence School Department. District officials have asked all Providence schools to consider becoming charters, and so far two schools have shown an interest in taking them up on the proposal.