The Education Blog

The Education Blog is written by Elisabeth Harrison, Education Reporter and Morning Edition Host for Rhode Island Public Radio. Harrison’s work ranges from reporting on institutions like Brown University and the University of Rhode Island to efforts to reform low performing public schools in Central Falls and Providence.

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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Central Falls Biology Teacher Honored

Central Falls High School biology teacher David Upegui has been awarded the Evolution Education Award from the National Association of Biology teachers. Upegui got an unexpected visit Tuesday from Governor Lincoln to congratulate him on winning the award.

The Rhode Island Department of Education says the award recognizes innovative teaching in biology. RIDE officials credit Upegui for initiating a new curriculum that makes evolution the first course in Life Sciences.

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The Education Blog
9:46 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Chariho High School Teacher Faces More Charges

A teacher at Chariho High School has been arrested and second time and faces additional charges stemming an alleged relationship with a student.

Paul LaFrance was charged with another count of third degree sexual assault for an incident that allegedly occurred in his West Greenwich home. He has also been charged with possession of child pornography and giving indecent materials to a minor.

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The Education Blog
9:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

RI Sees Decline In Homeless School Children

Bucking a national trend, a new report finds Rhode Island saw a drop in homeless school children in the 2012-2013 school year.

The report from the American Institutes for Research National Center on Family Homelessness found 1,849 homeless children in the 2012-2013 school year. That was down from 1,984 homeless children the prior year.

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Higher Education
11:07 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Brown Responds To Library Protest

Brown University officials said they hope to resolve issues at the Rockefeller Library after a contract dispute erupted into a public protest on Friday.

The union that represents the library's workers staged the protest to draw attention to reductions in union jobs at the library.

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Higher Education
9:06 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Union Protests Brown Library Cuts

Credit Brown University

The union representing workers at Brown University's Rockefeller Library plans to protest outside the library on Friday, saying the university has reduced staff at the library by roughly one third.

The protest is scheduled to coincide with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the library, known at Brown as "the Rock."

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The Education Blog
2:36 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

98 Percent Of Public School Teachers Receive Positive Ratings

In the second year of Rhode Island's new teacher evaluation system, 98 percent of teachers and 99 percent of public school administrators were rated effective or highly effective, the two highest categories.

More than 56 percent of teachers were ranked highly effective, the highest category, up from 47 percent in 2012-2013.

Just 2 percent of teachers were rated in the lower categories of developing or ineffective, meaning they need to make improvements.

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Higher Education.
9:26 am
Thu November 13, 2014

State Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of CCRI

Governor Lincoln Chafee looks on as CCRI President Ray DiPasquale addresses the gathering on in the State Room.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Community College faculty and alumni gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday, as Governor Lincoln Chafee officially declared November 12th "CCRI Day."

CCRI is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. President Ray DiPasquale emphasized the college's efforts to educate Rhode Islanders.

"It's 40,000 students during the course of a year, 64,000 alums, and they all live in Rhode Island, and 1,200 employees," DiPasquale said. "So when you think about all that, it’s truly an economic engine for the state."

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Higher Education
8:32 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Student Debt Edges Higher In Rhode Island

The Project on Student Debt is out with its annual report, and the news is not good for students at Rhode Island's colleges and universities.

According to the report, students graduating from local institutions in 2013 had the fourth highest debt burdens in the country, averaging $31,561. Rhode Island's rank worsened from fifth highest for the class of 2012, when the average for student loans stood at $31,156.

The national average for student debt was $28,400.

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Higher Education
8:56 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor To Honor Community College System

Governor Lincoln Chafee is slated to declare Wednesday "CCRI Day" in Rhode Island. The declaration comes on the occasion of the community college system's 50th Birthday, which is being celebrated this year.

CCRI President Ray DiPasquale is expected speak during the announcement at the Statehouse. Rhode Island Higher Education Commissioner Jim Purcell and State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Manuso will also be in attendance.

DiPasquale recently announced he would stay at CCRI, but he was a finalist in the search for a new state education commissioner in Louisiana.

The Education Blog
11:20 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Former Central Falls School Official To Lead Elorza Transition Team

The school official who oversaw a state-ordered turnaround at Central Falls High School will be one of the key figures in Democrat Jorge Elorza's transition team, as Elorza prepares to take over as mayor of  Providence in January.

Victor Capellan has been named one of three co-directors for Elorza's team. Capellan served as the "transformation officer" and deputy superintendent for the Central Falls School District during the overhaul of Central Falls High School.

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