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
1:15 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Will Rhode Island’s first charter school also be the first to shut down?

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is calling for the closure of the Academy for Career Exploration (ACE), formerly known as Textron/Chamber of Commerce Providence Public Charter School, citing poor academic results and leadership failures.

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The Education Blog
1:23 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Ruth Simmons joins board at Princeton

Outgoing Brown University President Ruth Simmons will take a seat on the board of trustees at Princeton University next month. Simmons is stepping down on June 30th as head of Brown, ending an 11-year tenure at the Providence institution.

Simmons is no stranger to Princeton. She held several positions at the New Jersey school, including that of vice provost, before becoming president of Smith University. When she became president at Brown University, Simmons was the first African-American to lead an Ivy League school.

The Education Blog
1:18 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

State law school gets green light from regulators

The American Bar Association has granted preliminary accreditation to the law school at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, clearing the way for students to take the bar exam in any state.

Prior to the preliminary accreditation, UMass law school students could only take the bar in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The Education Blog
1:34 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gist: New board won’t change agenda

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says her plan for improving Rhode Island’s public schools will not change, even if she is reporting to a new board of education.

The leadership change is part of the state budget that won approval last night from Senate lawmakers. It has already gotten a green light from the House of Representatives.

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The Education Blog
1:29 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

RI teachers win presidential award

Wakefield math teacher Brian Nelson and Warwick science teacher David Mather are this year’s local recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. They join 95 other teachers from around the country who were chosen for the awards.

Winners will be honored at a White House ceremony later this month and receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation, which they can spend however they want.

A panel of scientists, mathematicians, and educators chose the winners after a selection process at the state level.

The Education Blog
1:37 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

House abolishes office of higher education

The House budget approved early this morning does away with the State Office of Higher Education, although it keeps the position of Commissioner of Higher Education. The change takes effect in 2014.

The budget also consolidates the boards of higher education and elementary and secondary education into a single board to be known as the Rhode Island Board of Education, effective at the start of 2013.

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The Education Blog
1:40 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

RIDE schedules vote on teacher certification scores, Cranston charter school

The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is slated to vote today on new rules for obtaining teacher credentials in Rhode Island.

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The Education Blog
1:48 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Education and the 2013 budget

With a vote expected Thursday on the state budget for the fiscal year beginning in July, here’s a look at some highlights for public schools and state colleges and universities.

Elementary and Secondary Education

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The Education Blog
1:52 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

High school graduations begin in RI


17-year-old Celia Cabrera designs a tile for the senior wall at Providence’s E-Cubed Academy.

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The Education Blog
2:13 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Board urged to review tuition waivers

Two members of the state board of higher education are calling for a re-assessment of a tuition waiver program for state college and university employees.

Michael Tikoian, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors for Higher Education and committee member Amy Beretta say the waiver system may be inappropriate in the current financial climate.

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