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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Board Allows Fees for Summer School

Public schools can charge tuition for summer school courses, under a decision from the State Board of Education

The board voted 7-2 last night to uphold a decision from State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, in a case that pits a relatively common practice in suburban schools against concerns about fairness for low-income students.

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Higher Education
8:17 am
Tue October 14, 2014

RIC to Host President Obama

Credit Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College has released new details on President Barack Obama's visit to The Ocean State on Thursday.

RIC says the president is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. at the Murray Center on the college's Providence campus. The address is expected to focus on the economy.

Tickets for the event will be available this morning for RIC students and faculty, starting at 11 a.m., according to the college's website.

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The Education Blog
12:25 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Ed Board to Vote on Proposed Mayoral Academy

Rhode Island's Board of Education is poised to vote Tuesday on a new mayoral academy charter school that would serve Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Burrillville.

The Department of Education has recommended preliminary approval for the school, which eventually hopes to serve 729 students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade under the name RISE Mayoral Academy.

The board is also scheduled to vote on a proposed expansion that would more than double the student body at Blackstone Academy, a charter high school in Pawtucket. 

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The Education Blog
9:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

RI Extends NCLB Waiver

Rhode Island has been granted a one-year extension to its waiver from the federal education law known as the “No Child Left Behind” Act. The law required schools to get all students to proficiency on standardized tests by this year.

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:37 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidates Face Off In Debate Over Education

Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza, and Daniel Harrop at a previous Providence mayoral debate.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The main candidates in the race for Providence Mayor faced off Wednesday night in a debate at Moses Brown School.  The forum focused on education, and Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay was there.  He joined Rhode Island Public Radio host Elisabeth Harrison to discuss their positions.

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Education
8:46 am
Thu October 9, 2014

One Square Mile: The Slave Trade On The Narragansett Bay

Portrait of John Potter (1716-1787) and his family including three women and a young black servant. John Potter was a wealthy South Kingstown planter.
Credit Newport Historical Society

We continue our series One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay with a look at the bay’s role in the slave trade. Tens of thousands of slaves were traded on ships out of Narragansett Bay, more than any other part of North America.

Newport was at one time the largest slave-trading port in the region. To find out more, Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison met Newport history teacher Matt Boyle at Bannisters Wharf, which was built by a merchant involved in the slave trade. She asked him what it would have looked like in mid-18th Century.

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The Education Blog
1:36 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

RI Improves SAT Scores but Sees Declines in Writing

Average SAT scores are in for the class of 2014.

The good news is Rhode Island's average improved by 5 points in both reading and mathematics. The State Department of Education says this is the first time scores have improved significantly since 2009.

More than 6,000 public school students took the SAT in the 2013-2014 school year, scoring an average of 484 in mathematics and 483 in critical reading.

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The Education Blog
8:41 am
Tue October 7, 2014

New Legislation Targets Afterschool Programs

A new bill from Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline would require public schools to collaborate more closely with community groups and nonprofits to increase afterschool programs for students.

In Providence, the Providence After School Alliance serves roughly 2,000 students, most of them from the city's middle schools. Executive Director Hillary Salmons says there's a long waiting list.

"There’s a huge demand," Salmons said. "Middle schoolers love the AfterZone. We have a lot more demand than supply."

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The Education Blog
11:04 am
Mon October 6, 2014

NECAP Science Update

For those of you waiting with baited breath for the latest NECAP Science test results, here's an update.

The Department of Education says they continue their discussions with testing company Measured Progress about the scores from the latest round of testing, which took place back in May.

The issue seems to be a drop in scores at one grade level, which schools in several NECAP states have noticed, according to The Providence Journal.

The Education Blog
9:31 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Newtown Father To Speak In Rhode Island

Daniel Barden
Credit Mark Barden

Mark Barden, the father of one of the schoolchildren killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will address the Rhode Island Coalition against Gun Violence on Thursday, as the coalition marks its first anniversary.

Barden has become a national advocate for reducing gun violence. He says he still struggles to deal with the death of his son, Daniel, nearly two years after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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