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Higher Education
9:01 am
Thu June 5, 2014

$18.8 Million Awarded to URI Research Collaborative

A biomedical research program based at the University of Rhode Island has received $18.8 million in new grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Created in 2001, The Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE), was intended to expand the state's biomedical research capacity. Since that time, it has received $42 million in federal grants, according to URI officials.

The new funding will shift the focus to research in areas of cancer, neuroscience and molecular toxicology. 

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The Education Blog
9:16 am
Wed June 4, 2014

In Providence, Teachers not just Students are Chronically Absent

Nearly a quarter of Providence’s public school teachers are chronically absent, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Overall, teachers in Providence miss an average of nearly 13 days per school year, the 8th highest average in the study, higher than Baltimore, New York and Newark.

A total of 40 large school districts submitted data for the study, which looked at teacher attendance in major metropolitan areas.

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The Education Blog
12:42 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Defense of Cursive

A fascinating article in The New York Times this week suggests that cursive may have benefits beyond attractive penmanship.

As the author, Maria Konnikova, points out, cursive is largely left out of the Common Core standards, but there may be evidence that handwriting plays an important role in teaching children how to read and think.

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The Education Blog
11:56 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Gist Responds to Providence Graduation Waivers

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has declined to comment, at least in person, on Providence's waiver of the testing portion of the state's diploma system for roughly 200 seniors. She did provide the following written statement to RIPR, via email.

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The Education Blog
9:19 am
Wed May 28, 2014

House Approves Rollback of Teacher Evaluations

In a 68-3 vote, the Rhode Island House has approved a bill easing teacher evaluations for the vast majority of public school teachers.

The bill calls for teachers who earn effective or highly effective ratings to be evaluated just once every three to four years, instead of the current policy of annual reviews.

If the bill becomes law, new teachers and teachers with low evaluation ratings would still be evaluated on an annual basis.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Providence Introduces New Waivers from Testing Requirement

Providence is granting a reprieve to some 200 high school seniors, who risk not graduating under a new state policy linking test scores to a high school diploma.

The rule, in effect for the first time this year, calls for students to score partially proficient or better on the NECAP test or improve significantly on a retake. Students can also use alternative tests or acceptance at a competitive college to earn their diploma.

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Higher Education
9:09 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Brown Corporation Discusses Controversy over Sexual Assault

Officials at Brown University say they expect a full report on the school’s sexual assault policy to be complete by the end of the fall semester. The Brown Corporation discussed the issue at its quarterly meeting on Friday, just before Brown’s commencement ceremonies got underway.

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The Education Blog
8:38 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Pawtucket Places Teacher on Leave after Porn Arrest

Pawtucket school officials are assuring parents their children are safe after a high school teacher was arrested on child pornography charges.

State Police say they arrested George Grimes of Warwick for allegedly putting pornographic photos in a shared online storage account. Grimes is an English Teacher at Shea High School.

Pawtucket school officials say Grimes has been placed on administrative leave until the charges are resolved, and they can determine whether internal disciplinary action is necessary.

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The Education Blog
9:01 am
Thu May 22, 2014

House Committee Approves Change in Teacher Evaluations

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare has approved a bill that would do away with annual teacher evaluations for the vast majority of public school teachers in the state.

The bill calls for evaluations just once every three to four years for teachers rated as effective or highly effective, categories that cover some 95 percent of teachers. 

If the bill passes the full House and Senate, new teachers and poorly rated teachers would still receive annual evaluations.

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The Education Blog
8:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

State to Hold Public Hearings on Latest Round of Charter School Applications

The Rhode Island Department of Education has scheduled a round of hearings on six new charter schools proposed for the state.

The hearings are intended to gather public input on the proposals, which include two new mayoral academies in Woonsocket and Warwick.

Mayoral academies serve students from multiple districts, which usually include a mixture of urban low-income and suburban communities. They pride themselves on challenging academic programs and promoting college prep even for the youngest students.

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