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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Political Roundtable
9:46 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Political Roundtable: Taveras On The Pension Settlement, The Governor's Race And More

Providence Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Angel Taveras joins the Political Roundtable this week to talk the Governor's race, the pension reform settlement, and income equality in the Ocean State.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Wed February 19, 2014

PPSD Wins $3 Million to Give Students “Life Skills”

Providence Public Schools have won a $3 million federal grant to help families better prepare students for school.

The grant, part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation, or i-3, Fund, will be used to boost the district's efforts to involve more parents in their children’s life at school.

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The Education Blog
9:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NECAP: How RI Measures Up

Rhode Island elementary students are still well behind their peers in New Hampshire when it comes to Mathematics.

The latest score report from the New England Common Assessment Program shows 59 percent of Rhode Island’s 3rd-8th graders were proficient in Math, compared to 70 percent in New Hampshire.

60 percent of Maine students scored proficient in Math and 62 percent in Vermont.

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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Thu February 13, 2014

More NECAP Scores to be Released

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is releasing additional results from the standardized test known as NECAP. The report will include school-level data for all Rhode Island public schools, and comparisons to other New England states using NECAP.

At the end of February, the Rhode Island Department of Education released an abridged summary of NECAP results, revealing scores for seniors facing a new test-linked graduation requirement. The early release was intended to give schools and students time to prepare if they did not do well enough to earn a diploma.

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The Education Blog
9:20 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Bussing Becomes an Issue in Providence Mayoral Race

Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza has zeroed in on bussing as he seeks to succeed Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

Elorza, a professor at Roger Williams Law School, issued a statement yesterday saying Providence’s bussing policy forces many children to walk more than a mile to school each morning.

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The Education Blog
8:58 am
Tue February 11, 2014

RI Lags on AP Testing

More Rhode Island students are taking Advanced Placement tests, but they are not passing at the same rates as their peers around the country.

The College Board has just released its annual report on AP testing. The study shows that nearly 2,500 members of Rhode Island’s class of 2013 took an AP exam, up from roughly 1,000 in 2003. The number represents more than a quarter of all high school graduates.

But as the number of test takers has increased, the percentage of students passing the exams has fallen.

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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Leadership Changes at Providence Teachers Union

Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith is stepping down after about a decade at the helm of the union in the state's largest school district.

Smith tells Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay he is retiring after more than 30 years in the Providence Public Schools.

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Local Feature
5:45 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Could Johnston Be In The Forefront Of Losing Farmland?

Ambar Espinoza RIPR

A property in Johnston is the latest target in the fight to save Rhode Island's farmland from development. It's an issue that pits the rights of property owners against concerns about preserving green space. In this case, the application to change the zoning ordinance on the farmland has come to a temporary halt, as the owner considers his options. He's in talks with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management about how to move forward. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to share more details.

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The Education Blog
8:54 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Governor Releases School Safety Plan

More than a year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, Rhode Island officials have offered a blueprint for increasing school security. The "Model School Safety Plan" is a lengthy report, intended to guide districts updating their security plans, under a new state law.

I confess, I have yet to wade through the 300-pages of recommendations in the report. It is meant to serve as a model that school districts can adapt for their own use.

The Education Blog
8:54 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Rhode Island is Not Alone in Worrying About Public Education

Concerns about public education in China are fueling an increasing interest in alternative schools like Waldorf education. The trend is profiled in a fascinating New Yorker article now on newsstands.

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