Cumberland has purchased tablet computers for all of its middle school students. The district tells Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison the new technology is changing classrooms in a big way.
Cumberland middle school principals say the traditional teacher-led class has been turned on its head since the district purchased Chromebooks for every sixth, seventh and eighth grader.
Students are doing more group work, and teachers act more like facilitators.
A parent in Cumberland filed has filed a lawsuit against the Cumberland School District and the State Board of Education, challenging the practice of charging tuition for summer school.
In a complaint filed last week, parent Susan Giannini alleges the fees are unfair to students with learning disabilities and low income families. Her attorneys argue they fly in the face of longstanding state policy that prohibits public schools from charging fees for other programs, like afterschool sports and AP classes.
Cumberland school officials say they were not told until Wednesday morning that the death of 10-year-old student was linked to enterovirus D68.
In an email to parents, Superintendent Philip Thornton says he first learned of the girl's death last week, but was told it not a case of the virus. Health officials notified him Wednesday the girl had a rare combination of staph infection and enterovirus D68.
"Within an hour of receiving this information, we pulled our crisis team together and sent out to parents and staff this new information," Thornton wrote.
A Cumberland teenager received honors at the Statehouse Thursday for his work to get Rhode Island to ratify the 17th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The amendment allows direct election of U.S. Senators, previously selected by state legislatures. Rhode Island never ratified the amendment when passed in 1912.
17 year old Samuel Ackerman began spearheading efforts pushing legislation to ratify the amendment last year. It passed this session.