Elisabeth Harrison

Morning Edition Host, Education Reporter

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.

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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The Education Blog
8:25 am
Tue September 24, 2013

NECAP Science Results: A Breakdown

Scores are out from the latest round of standardized testing in science, and the news isn't too encouraging. Overall, Rhode Island students dipped slightly with just 34 percent reaching the "proficient" level.

The test, administered in May to 4th, 8th and 11th graders, shows gains at only the 8th grade level. State officials are quick to point out there have been significant increases since they first began testing in 2008, when just 24 percent of students scored proficient in science.

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Education
9:42 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The State of Education in Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island
Credit Courtesy URI


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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The Education Blog
8:55 am
Mon September 16, 2013

ACLU to File New Lawsuit over Standardized Testing

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to announce yet another lawsuit in its ongoing battle over high-stakes testing.

Critics of a state policy tying high school diplomas to test scores point out that 4,000 seniors are at risk of not graduating, and they are overwhelmingly,  minority and low-income students, along with students with disabilities. However, state officials have been standing firm, arguing that students have multiple opportunities to show improvement on the test and earn a diploma.

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The Education Blog
9:04 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Computer Teacher named 2014 RI Teacher of the Year

Patricia Page of East Greenwich is the new "Teacher of the Year" in Rhode Island. Page, who left a career in business to become a teacher, teaches computer and business classes at East Greenwich High School.

Governor Lincoln Chafee praised Page for breaking down the wall between schools and the business world. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said Page has introduced innovative lessons such as an "elevator speech," which requires students to make a quick pitch for a business idea.

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The Education Blog
8:49 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Roger Williams Holds the Line on Tuition

Roger Williams University is freezing tuition rates for a third year in a row. RIPR's Flo Jonic spoke with Roger Williams President Donald Farish about the decision. Here's her report:

Roger Williams University Holding Onto Tuition Freeze 

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.

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The Education Blog
9:09 am
Thu September 12, 2013

The Alex & Ani... Rams?

The basketball court at the Ryan Center on URI's Kingston campus.
Credit University of Rhode Island

Jewelry success story Alex and Ani has purchased naming rights to the basketball court at the University of Rhode Island's Ryan Center for an undisclosed sum. The men's and women's basketball teams will take the court this season with the Alex & Ani logo prominently displayed at both ends of the floor.

URI is not the only state university upgrading facilities thanks to the company's largesse. The Alex and Ani name will also grace a new arts center scheduled to open this year at Rhode Island College.

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Mike Ritz of Leadership RI on Central Falls' Changing Political Landscape

Mike Ritz, the director of Leadership RI, the organization worked to engage the public leading up to James Diossa's first run for mayor.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa will run unopposed for re-election in November, and he leads a city that still bears scars from its closely watched municipal bankruptcy.

The group Leadership Rhode Island stepped in after the bankruptcy and tried to convince Central Falls residents to get more engaged politically.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison asked Leadership Rhode Island’s Executive Director Mike Ritz for some analysis of the upcoming mayoral race.

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The Education Blog
8:03 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Explosive Start of Classes at Johnson & Wales

The first day of classes started with a bang for many students at Johnson & Wales University when a utility cable exploded underneath two dormitories. The blast occurred at roughly 5:00 in the morning. Johnson & Wales officials said they had to evacuate nearly 1,000 students, most of them freshmen.

National Grid is investigating the cause of the explosion, which appeared to center on a cable located in an underground vault just next to the university's Providence dorms. No one was injured in the incident.

The Education Blog
9:22 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Divided Board Votes Against Reconsidering Graduation Rules

The Rhode Island Board of Education has voted not to take up a state policy tying test scores to a high school diploma. In a 6-5 vote, the board ruled against a petition critical of the rule, which takes effect for the current senior class. The policy requires students to achieve a score of at least partially proficient on standardized state testing or improve on a retake to earn a diploma.

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The Education Blog
9:32 am
Fri August 30, 2013

More on the Story of Openly Transgender Student Hannah Rini

Hannah Rini has been living openly transgender for a year now, she began Junior High this year.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Transgender issues have been the the news quite a bit lately, following the announcement from Bradley Manning, the army private who leaked documents to WikiLeaks, that she is transgender and will now be living as Chelsea Manning.

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison speaks with All Things Considered Host Dave Fallon about a Pawtucket student she profiled, who has been openly transgender for a year now.  

Hanna Rini, who is 12, started junior high school this week. 

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