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Debate is growing over the expansion of the charter school Achievement First in Providence.

A new study from the Chronicle of Higher Education finds the highest paid private college president in Rhode Island is Richard Gouse, head of the New England Institute of Technology. According to a Chronicle of Higher Education review of tax filings, NEIT President Richard Gouse received nearly $753,000 in base pay and other compensation in 2014. That puts him at number 70 out of more than 500 college presidents across the country. The highest paid private college president in the country was...

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Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner is backing a plan to add 2,192 seats to the charter for Achievement First, a mayoral academy that currently operates two elementary schools in Providence.

Hundreds of teachers and school leaders are expected in Providence Thursday for the Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum. The group was founded by former Brown University Education Chair Ted Sizer, who advocated for giving schools freedom to design their own programs. “When we can, advocate for policies at the local, state, and federal levels to make sure that the kind of education that we think works best for kids can continue,” said Jill Davidson, the coalition’s managing director. ...

The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to raise tuition at Rhode Island’s three public colleges and universities. The increases would be small, but they will still have an impact on students and their families, and on state efforts to increase the number of college graduates.

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Students around the College Hill neighborhood of Providence expressed dismay over the election of Donald Trump as the country’s 45 th president. Brown University students held “self-care” gatherings on the campus green. Rhode Island School of Design faculty told students to take the Wednesday off if they wanted. Brown student, Katherine Duckworth voted for Hillary Clinton, and said she can’t talk about the results and not cry. “I don't see how this is going to get any better,” said Duckworth....

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Across the country, teachers have been seizing on this election as an opportunity to bring civics to life in their classrooms. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison checked in with Rhode Island teachers to find out how they're approaching a contentious political season. In many ways, this has been a difficult campaign for everyone with perhaps more than its fair share of personal attacks and heated rhetoric. Parents and politicians alike have lamented the idea that kids are hearing a...

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The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania has removed Rev. Howard White from the priesthood, citing allegations of sexual abuse documented in a report about St. George's School in Middletown.

Sen. Edward Markey's staff estimated that as many as 14 million students in the U.S. could be attending schools contaminated with toxic PCBs. PCBs were banned in the late 70s, but were used in light fixtures and caulking in schools built or renovated between 1950 and 1979. They've been listed as a known human carcinogen and have been tied to an assortment of health problems, such as delayed development and attention problems. In a conference call with reporters, Markey says -- at the rate the...

How Providence is working to get more kids to school every day; and what happened to the $75 million Rhode Island spent in federal Race to theTop funding? Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison looks for answers from Providence Superintendent of Schools Chris Maher on our weekly Bonus Q&A. Political reporter Ian Donnis returns next week.

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Analysis by Rhode Island Public Radio finds urban and middle class students in Rhode Island have lower test scores than their peers in Massachusetts; and the state’s ambitious goal to improve 3 rd grade reading skills in less than a decade. We discuss the top issues in public education on a special education edition of our weekly political roundtable.

Achievement First in Providence wants to add a third K-8 school and move forward with its plan to open a high school, and the Segue Middle School in Central Falls wants to add an elementary school. Those are just two of the charter school proposals on tap at the Rhode Island Department of Education. Just one new charter school has been proposed -- A high school in Providence slated to be called "Charette." The proposal touts a focus on urban planning and preservation, and an educational model...

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After just two years of PARCC, there is little longitudinal data to help us understand how students and their schools are doing. But one of the promises of PARCC was that it would allow state-by-state comparisons of achievement, so let’s see what we can learn by comparing scores from Rhode Island with our high-achieving neighbor to the north: Massachusetts.

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State officials say a new initiative to increase the use of digital textbooks will cut costs for many students and make higher education more accessible for everyone, including English language learners. The open-license, digital textbooks are generally free and can be downloaded on a student’s computer. They can also be updated or changed the professor giving the course. "This is about more than just cost, it’s also about making sure we have the most relevant materials in front of our...

Sixty Rhode Island teachers are heading back to college to learn how to teach English as a second language. The program, a collaboration between urban school districts, the state and the Rhode Island Foundation, will cover the cost of tuition so that more teachers can gain certifications to teach English Language Learners or teach in bi-lingual programs known as dual language classrooms. The program focuses on districts with a high percentage of immigrant students, including Providence,...

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