education en And the Honorary Degree Recipients Are... <p>This year, Brown University plans to honor acclaimed authors Jeffrey Eugenides and Lois Lowry, both Brown alums, along with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and seven other Brown graduates.</p><p>At the Rhode Island School of Design, commencement festivities will include an honorary degree for designer Todd Oldham and a keynote speech from designer Bruce Mau.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:57:21 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 32254 at Panel Recommends Changes for School Construction <p>Rhode Island's School Housing Aid Task Force wants to set aside 1 percent of the state sales tax for school construction.</p><p>The panel has been working on a series of recommendations as the state prepares to lift a moratorium on&nbsp; school construction projects.</p><p>Other recommendations include the creation of a quasi-public agency to oversee school construction funding, assess facilities statewide and move away from a funding model heavily dependent on bonds.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:46:59 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 32191 at URI Breaks Ground On New Center For LGBTQ Community <p>The University of Rhode Island broke ground this morning on a center for the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The center is unique among college campuses.</p><p></p><p></p><p>URI says it’s the only school in the nation to design and build a center specifically for the LGBTQ community.&nbsp; State officials were on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Governor Lincoln Chafee, and state senator Frank Ferri, who championed Rhode Island’s push for legal same-sex marriages.&nbsp; Annie Russell is the center’s director.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:16:25 +0000 John Bender 32142 at URI Breaks Ground On New Center For LGBTQ Community URI Begins Construction on LGBTQ Center <p>The University of Rhode Island breaks ground Wednesday on a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center.</p><p>URI officials say the start of construction is groundbreaking in more ways than one. They believe URI is the first university in the country to have a separate building dedicated solely as an LGBTQ center.</p><p>In the past, URI has faced criticism for being an unfriendly campus to gay and lesbian students. The university has also faced accusations that officials forced out a popular advisor, Andrew Winters, who worked on gay and lesbian issues.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:08:00 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 32130 at House Bill Would Create New Oversight for Education <p>A bill up for review Wednesday at the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare would create a new position for a secretary of education in the governor's office.</p><p>The job would include overseeing and coordinating all of the state's education initiatives, from early learning to higher education.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:00:15 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 31778 at RI Students Arrested for Drug-Laced Candy <p>Police say they have made several arrests after a Richmond teenager required medical attention from consuming marijuana-laced candy. One 14-year-old was charged with drug crimes in connection with the incident while another was caught with drug-laced candy and prescription pills. A Chariho High School student was arrested for drug crimes on Monday.</p><p>Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson said the candy could have contained more than just THC.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:38:05 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 31713 at Kids Count Factbook Finds Minority Children Still Disproportionately At Risk <p>The latest Kids Count Fact Book comes out Monday. That’s an annual report about the health and well-being of children in Rhode Island. Researchers find many of the state’s minority children are still disproportionately at risk.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:35:16 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31637 at Advocacy Group Releases Annual Review of Public Education <p>Achievement gaps persist for minority students, and college graduates can expect to earn less in Rhode Island than elsewhere in New England. Those are some of the key findings in a <a href="">new report</a> from the Rhode Island Campaign for Achievement Now, an education advocacy group that favors expanding charter schools and improving access to early education.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:08:41 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 31476 at Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Bill That Could Eliminate High Stakes Testing <p>The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday on a bill that would ban test scores as a high school graduation requirement. A state policy requiring test scores has come under fire from critics, who say it is unfair to low income and minority students. But State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has been a strong supporter, arguing that it will ensure that no student graduates from a Rhode Island high school without basic knowledge of math and English.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:51:41 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 31061 at Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Bill That Could Eliminate High Stakes Testing How Will House Shakeup Affect Education Proposals? <p>Education officials are taking a "wait and see" approach to leadership changes at the Statehouse, with several education bills pending in the legislature.</p><p>"We've had a good relationship with leadership over time," said Elliot Krieger, the spokesman for State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. "Like everyone else, we're waiting to see what the new leadership will be."</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:55:22 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30993 at