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8:27 am
Mon April 1, 2013

School Highlights Tech-Based Learning

Online learning is a tool in many Rhode Island classrooms. But a charter school opening next fall in Providence takes high tech to a whole new level.

The Village Green Charter School bills itself as Rhode Island’s first virtual learning school.  The high school will be located in Providence, near Classical High. Students will spend 60 percent of their time online or in small groups; 40 percent in traditional classroom time. School superintendent Robert Pilkington says applications for the 9th and 10th grade are pouring in.

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RI News
1:13 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Gist Back in the Classroom

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist visits Carl G. Lauro Elementary School in Providence
Credit Natalie Jablonski

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist got a chance to use her teaching skills this week.  She taught a mini economics lesson to a kindergarten class.

Twenty kindergartners quietly fidget as Commissioner Gist introduces herself.  Her lesson focuses on basic concepts like earning and saving, and how to recognize coins. 

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Politics
9:06 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Chafee Champions Raises for Cabinet, Not Professors

Governor Lincoln Chafee is requesting a 6 percent wage hike for members of his cabinet after shooting down a proposal to raise salaries for state university and college professors. According to The Providence Journal, the governor’s plan would provide a 3 percent increase to 14 state employees in June, followed by another 3 percent increase in December.

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RI News
3:57 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Bill would Add Two Student Seats to Rhode Island Board of Education

Legislation sponsored by Providence Rep Edith Ajello, would add two student positions to the newly formed Rhode Island Board of Education.

One seat would represent public high schools—the other seat, public colleges.

The two students would not be given a vote, but would be able to voice their opinions, providing insight to the board says Ajello.

The Education Blog
12:40 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Testing Expert Responds to NECAP Controversy

Freelance policy analyst and liberal blogger Tom Sgouros is one of a number of critics raising questions about Rhode Island's use of the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, as a graduation requirement. Specifically, Sgouros has argued that by its very nature, NECAP was designed to magnify differences in student achievement, thereby ensuring that a certain number of students will score poorly every year.

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The Education Blog
8:58 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Should Students Serve on RI Board of Education?

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare will consider adding two students to the State Board of Education at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

The bill, sponsored by Providence Democrat Edith Ajello, proposes two additional seats on the board, one for a college student and one for a high school student. Both positions would be non-voting, but the students would have their opinions recorded in official minutes from any meeting.

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Higher Education
8:16 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Search Continues for Missing Brown Student

The FBI has joined the search for a missing Brown University student, who disappeared from his Providence apartment earlier this month. Sunil Tripathi was last seen on March 16th. His sister, Sangeeta Tripathi, says the 22-year-old philosophy student had taken a leave of absence from Brown, but his disappearance came as a shock to friends and family.

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The Education Blog
9:08 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Class Notes: A Quick Look at the Stories that Made News this Week in Education

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Sparks Fly over High Stakes Testing

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