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6:17 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Raimondo Mum On Gist Future

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo has no immediate plans to hire a new commissioner for K-12 education.

Current Commissioner Deborah Gist has been controversial because of her support for testing as a requirement for high school graduation and teacher evaluations.

Raimondo says she’s in no hurry to make a decision about Gist.

"She’s doing a great job," Raimondo said last week. "Her contract’s not up until the end of June, so there’s really no urgency to move on that one in particular."

Politics
4:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Paiva Weed On Her Future, Education, Ethics, And Her Goals for 2015

Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and Paiva Weed plan to make education one of their priorities in 2015.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport is poised to be elected next month to her fourth term as president of the Rhode Island Senate. Paiva Weed recently sat down in her Statehouse office to talk about her priorities for 2015 and other issues.

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Education
9:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Roger Williams University Taking Over Former 38 Studios Building

The former headquarters of 38 Studios will soon be home to Roger Williams University's downtown Providence campus.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Roger Williams University is expanding its presence in Providence.  The school is moving into the former home of 38 Studios.

One Empire Plaza is best known as the headquarters for the now defunct videogame company 38 Studios. The building will house the Roger Williams; center for continuing studies, graduate programs, and the Latino Policy Insititute. President Donald Farish said the new location will better serve adult and non-traditional students.  “If we were doing things out of Bristol, we’d simply become inaccessible to huge portions of the state.”

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The Education Blog
5:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

RI Sees Drop in 8th Grade Science Scores

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

New test results show just 23 percent of Rhode Island 8th graders scored proficient or better in science,  a decline of seven percentage points from last year.

Some individual schools and districts also saw steep declines in their scores.

Education officials held off on releasing the results of the NECAP Science test while experts conducted an independent review of the test and the scoring. 

But in the end, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said they found no evidence this year's test was more difficult than last year.

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The Education Blog
2:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Commerce Secretary Pick Stefan Pryor’s Record in CT

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo announced her plan Tuesday to nominate Stefan Pryor for Rhode Island’s newly created Secretary of Commerce post.

The outgoing Education Commissioner in Connecticut, Pryor chose not to seek a second term, a move observers saw as evidence that he had become a liability for Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. Malloy faced a closely-watched battle for re-election in November.

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The Bottom Line
3:28 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

The Bottom Line: Is The RI Student Brain Drain A Myth?

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, Dave and Mark talk with Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island. They discuss whether the state’s brain drain is a myth and the role a growing number of international students are playing in campus enrollment.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Higher Education
12:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Brown Reaches Tentative Agreement With Library Workers

Brown University has reached a tentative deal with workers at the Rockefeller Library. Union officials say the contract agreement includes a commitment to discuss job vacancies at the library.

Union members staged a protest in November, saying Brown had reduced union workers at the library by roughly one-third, leaving some departments short-handed.

The union has scheduled a vote on the tentative contract on Monday afternoon.

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The Education Blog
12:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Providence To Showcase High Schools And Middle Schools With School Fair

Providence families get a chance on Saturday to look at the options for public high school and middle school. The district has organized a school fair at Juanita Sanchez High School.

Providence allows students and parents to choose between their neighborhood school or another school in the district, but officials say many families are unaware of all of the options, especially in high school.

To give a better sense of the different schools and programs available, district officials are inviting families to meet with teachers and principals at the event on Saturday.

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Education
9:32 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Rhode Island Receives $2M To Expand Statewide Preschool Education

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says Rhode Island is on the right track when it comes to promoting early childhood education.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island is getting $2.3 million to help expand the state’s public preschool programs.  There are already 17 up and running.

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The Education Blog
11:53 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Chemistry Center Takes Shape At URI

Construction on URI's new Center for Chemistry and Forensic Sciences began in May.
Credit URI

Workers have completed the steel structure and concrete flooring for the new Center for Chemistry and Forensic Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.

URI says crews are now beginning to place bricks on the exterior of the five-story structure, slated for completion in spring of 2016.

The $68 million center was funded largely with a bond issue. When complete, it will provide 135,000 square feet of laboratories, classrooms and offices, nearly doubling the amount of space for chemistry research at URI. 

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