Elisabeth Harrison

News Director

Elisabeth Harrison's journalism background includes everything from behind-the-scenes work with the CBS Evening News to freelance documentary production.

She joined the WRNI team in 2007 as a Morning Edition producer and freelance journalist. In 2009, she became a full-time reporter, and became the Morning Edition host in 2011.  She was promoted to full-time News Director in June of 2015.

Harrison's education is as wide ranging as her work at Rhode Island Public Radio. She has a B.A. in English and French from Wellesley College, and a joint M.A. in Journalism and French Studies from NYU.

A native of Los Angeles, Harrison loves good food and good movies.

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Education advocates say there’s a lot to like about the state’s new budget for public schools. That includes new funding for special education and early childhood education. But some advocates are concerned about the future of charter schools.

For more on that, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison spoke to Daniela Fairchild from the Rhode Island Campaign for Achievement Now, a group that advocates for charter schools and higher standards for all schools, among other issues.

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After announcing on Friday that 10th and 11th graders would be exempt from the state's annual standardized testing, education officials walked back the policy. The state Department of Education now says all students will have to take at least one standardized math test during high school, in either Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry.

The state is reducing requirements for PARCC, the annual state test of English and Mathematics, in the hope that more students will take PSAT and SAT exams, which increases the likelihood of applying to college. 

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The Rhode Island Department of Education has announced a new testing policy that should come as welcome news for many high school students. Under the new rules, 10th and 11th graders no longer have to take annual standardized tests of English and Mathematics.

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A Muslim community center in Kingston was the target of vandalism, in what may be a response to an apparent terrorist attack in Nice, France.

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A grand jury has indicted Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson on five separate counts, including embezzlement and personal use of campaign funds. The finding follows Jackson's arrest by State Police in May, and his subsequent resignation as majority leader of the city council.

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There were winners and losers in the 2017 budget for education. School districts got a boost, with increases in state funding. But charter schools will see their tuition payments cut, in a move some advocates say threatens the future for some of Rhode Island’s charter schools.

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  The Providence Board of Canvassers has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on whether State Representative John Carnevale lives in his district. Carnevale has faced questions about his residency after a report by WPRI-TV showed him frequently visiting a house he owns in Johnston. He has denied the allegations.

Providence police officials say they will conduct a full review of the arrest of a woman, pulled by her hair and punched several times by an officer. 

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Rhode Island officials, citizens, faith groups and more have been reacting today to the violence in Dallas. 

Many Tweeted their reactions, posted on Facebook, or sent statements to our newsroom. We've collected many of them in this Storify below (scroll down).

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  The IYRS School of Technology and Trades breaks ground Friday on a new addition to its Newport campus. The facility will house a composite submarine systems program. IYRS started as a yacht restoration school but has recently expanded to train workers for other types of manufacturing jobs. IYRS’ Jill Levin coordinated the capital campaign for new building.

“I think it’s important because there is a working waterfront and it’s disappearing and for us to be able to recreate and continue this working waterfront here in Newport,” said Levin.

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"The Polka King," starring actor and musician Jack Black is scheduled to begin filming in Rhode Island later this summer. State officials have announced principal photography slated to begin in mid-July and last through mid-August at "various locations" in the state. 

“With our unique locations in close proximity and an organized talent pool of local artists and professional technicians, Rhode Island is the perfect place to make a successful movie," said Governor Gina Raimondo in the official announcement.

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The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings for Providence County, Northern Rhode Island and parts of  the East Bay. Forecasters say the storm is moving quickly, but residents may see a lot of rain very quickly.

Meteorologist Bill Simpson said an especially strong storm bloomed in the north-central part of the state.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has signed a bill requiring schools to contact child welfare authorities when they suspect sexual abuse of their employees. The bill also requires the state's child welfare office to investigate allegations of abuse in schools.

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Celebrity gossip blogs are speculating that Taylor Swift plans to spend the Fourth of July in Westerly, where the pop star owns a beach house.

Last year, Swift hosted a star-studded holiday bash in Rhode Island, drawing attention on social media. The singer has blogged that the Fourth of July is one of her favorite holidays.

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Starting in September, every public school in Providence will designate teams to meet one-on-one with transgender students and their families. Providence Public Schools spokesperson Laura Hart said it’s part of a new policy aimed at making sure schools respect the rights of transgender and other gender non-conforming students.

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