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2:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Prof. Scoffs at Providence College Nixing Same-Sex Marriage Lecture

Providence College has cancelled a lecture by a Wayne State University philosophy professor who supports same sex marriage. The decision was founded on a belief that Catholic colleges should present both sides of a debate on controversial issues.

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Education
10:17 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Board of Education Chair Mancuso Not Commenting on ACLU Lawsuits

Board of Education chair Eva-Marie Mancuso, not currently commenting on the recent lawsuits brought by the ACLU.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The head of the state’s Board of Education says she can’t comment on legal action taken against the board by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso says she’s going to let the legal process move forward. The ACLU took legal action this week saying a the board violated the open meetings law last week when it voted behind closed doors to reject a petition urging reconsideration of the NECAP testing requirement. 

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Education
9:42 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The State of Education in Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island
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The State of Education in Rhode Island. A panel discussion moderated by Morning Edition host and education reporter Elisabeth Harrison. Panel includes Rhode Island public education leaders Deborah Gist and Eva-Marie Mancuso; David M. Dooley - President, University of Rhode Island; Nancy Carriuolo - President, Rhode Island College; and RIPR's Scott McKay.

Broadcast program:

Question and answer segment:

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Education
8:51 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Roger Williams University Touts Success of Tuition Freeze

Roger WIlliams has had a tuition freeze, and now will guarantee tuition stays the same for the duration of the their undergraduate years.
Credit RIPR FILE

Roger Williams University is reporting success with a new marketing tool. The tuition guarantee program takes the guesswork out of going to college.

Roger Williams University now offers all students a tuition guarantee. It’s an assurance that tuition will remain the same for all four years of an undergraduate’s education, provided the student stays enrolled continuously. University president Donald Farish said it’s not only increased the quality and size of their freshman class, but has boosted the freshman to sophomore retention rate from 78 to 84 percent.

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Education
8:22 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Roger Williams University Holding on to Tuition Freeze

Roger Williams University will keep tuition costs at the same price as it has been for the last 2 years.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Roger Williams University said it’s holding the line on tuition costs.  Tuition will remain just below 30-thousand dollars for the third year in a row.

And University president Donald Farish said he will keep it frozen as long as possible.

"Our goal is to make Roger Williams education a  little more affordable every year to a few more people by not increasing our tuition," said Farish.

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Education
8:53 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Dean of Rogers Williams University Law School Stepping Down

After serving as dean for 11 years, David Logan will step down at the end of the 2014 academic year.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

After serving an unprecedented 11 years as the dean of Roger Williams University Law School, David Logan, is stepping down.

Logan came to the school in 2003 to assume the deanship after teaching law at Wake Forest University School of Law North Carolina.

During his tenure Logan says he is most proud of improving the Roger Williams pass rate for the Bar exam.

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Education
8:38 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Starting Junior High as a Transgender Student

Hannah Rini and her mother Michelle of Pawtucket prepare for the first day of middle school. Hannah began living as a girl last year.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

It’s back to school season in Rhode Island. There’s an ever so subtle hint of fall in the air and schools around the state are opening their doors again for students after the long summer break.

With the first day of school comes that familiar mix of nerves and excitement. Will my friends be the same?  What new people will I meet? Will I like my teachers? And perhaps no start of school is quite as nerve-wracking as the first day of junior high.

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Education
9:17 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Closing the Achievement Gap Between Hispanic Students and Their Peers

Ana Cano-Morales, the director of the Latino Policy Institute, says the state education system needs to capitalize on the assets of Hispanic students; quickly becoming the majority population in urban districts.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Students across Rhode Island are returning to school this week, but a new report suggests that some of them are not well served. The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University finds Latino students in the state’s urban schools are as much as three grades behind their white peers. The institute is releasing its findings today, and Director Ana Cano-Morales is here to talk more about them.

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Education
9:07 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Reed Brings $1.5M to Woonsocket's Head Start Program

Senator Reed has secured $1.5 million for Woonsocket's Head Start program, the city will still have 30 fewer slots.
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Senator Jack Reed is in Woonsocket Tuesday, bringing a gift from the federal government.

Senator Jack Reed has secured $1.5 million for the Woonsocket Head Start program.  The money won’t be enough to make up for sequestration cuts, according to Reed’s office.

Woonsocket will still lose 30 Head Start slots this fall. Statewide, some 370 slots will be lost.

Nationwide, sequestration has forced Head Start to eliminate and reduce services for more than 57-thousand children for the coming school year, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

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Education
8:45 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Union Applauds Freeze on Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

Gist will consult with federal officials about whether the postponement will require a waiver to avoid jeopardizing the 75 million dollar Race to the Top grant.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island teachers are breathing a sigh of relief now that state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has postponed the inclusion of test scores on teacher evaluations for a year.  

Student results on the New England Common Assessment Program were supposed to be folded in to teacher evaluations starting this school year. Gist said the policy is widely misunderstood. A year, she said, should give them ample time to clarify the policy.

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