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10:13 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Making Schools Safer

The Obama Administration has released new advice about school safety procedures in the wake of the mass shooting at Newtown Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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The Education Blog
9:04 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Looking for Summer Camps?

RIASPA has mapped summer programs to help parents find opportunities for summer activities.

The Rhode Island Afterschool Alliance says some summer programs are still open for students, even enrolling on a weekly basis in a few cases.

RIASPA has a handy tool on its website: a map showing programs around the state along with descriptions of the activities provided.

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RI News
9:59 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Providence College Is Keeping Busy During the Summer Months

Though it’s summertime, Providence College has been keeping busy, the school is working to complete several large projects in time for the coming school year.

One of those projects, the construction of brand new building signals a change to the school’s core curriculum.

The 63,000 square foot, $20 million   Ruane Center, will house the school’s Development of Western Civilization program.

The two-year program has been core requirement for all freshmen and sophomores at Providence College since 1971.

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Education
4:14 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Twenty-eight RI Schools Receive a Low State Ranking

Education commissioner Deborah Gist says the rankings provide an opportunity for improvement in RI's schools.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said parents in schools receiving a low rating should seek answers into how those schools are going to improve.

Twenty-eight schools received the lowest ratings, many of them were in Providence. The education department said the rating system is designed to identify warning signs and to help schools improve. Gist said while it takes years to turn a school around, parents should be concerned about a low-performing school.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Taveras Talks Education, Finances + the Economy

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss finances, taxes and schools in Rhode Island's capital city, and other issues.

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The Education Blog
10:34 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Mancuso Denies Backing Down on Test-Based Diploma

State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso says she remains firm in her support for test-based graduation requirements. Mancuso says she wants the board to study whether the standardized test known as the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, is the best test to use, but she denies backing away from high-stakes testing.

"We haven't backed off from that at all," Mancuso said. "We're just looking to see if there's a measure that's better to show proficiency, other than just the NECAP."

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The Education Blog
12:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Higher Education Office Faces Budget Cuts

Higher education officials are waiting to see how much funding they'll receive in the final state budget.

The budget scheduled for a vote today in the Rhode Island House of Representatives includes $6 million in additional funding for public colleges and universities, but it would also make a significant reduction at the Office of Higher Education.

The spending plan cuts $1 million from OHE's budget, roughly 43 percent of the office's total funding. The budget endorsed by the House Finance Committee provides $1.2 million for OHE.

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RI News
8:21 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Facing Down the Obstacles to High School Graduation

Rosa Ramos graduated from the Juanita Sanchez Education Complex this year, and is heading to Providence College in the fall.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

All this month, high schools across Rhode Island are holding graduation ceremonies, and there are many students who defied the odds to get to their graduation day. One of them is 18-year-old Rosa Ramos of Providence, who just got her diploma from the Juanita Sanchez Education Complex.

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The Education Blog
7:48 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Education Leaders to Review High-Stakes Testing

The State Board of Education will reconsider a graduation requirement that says students must score partially proficient or better on a state test to get a diploma. Several advocacy groups have filed a formal petition with the board asking it to rescind the testing policy. The petition triggers a 30-day deadline for the board to respond.

The groups joining the petition include the Providence Student Union and local chapters of the ACLU and NAACP. They argue that high stakes testing is unfair, putting some 4,000 students at risk of not graduating.

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