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9:12 am
Tue March 12, 2013

ACLU Questions Internet Filters

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has released a report deeply critical of internet filtering software used in many public schools, saying it is tantamount to censorship. The report found that software blocks a wide variety of web sites including the Smithsonian Institutes and sites with information about anti-government groups.

“The excessive use of Internet filters by schools has seriously infringed on the First Amendment rights of students and teachers on a daily basis,” said the report’s author, Hillary Davis, in a written statement.

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Morning News Podcast
11:10 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Monday, March11, 2013

The new State Board of Education holds its first meeting tonight.  The mayor is planning for upgraded security at North Providence public schools.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Plus an interview with the new Board of Ed Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso and an interview with the Director of the Division of Elderly Affairs Catherine Taylor.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ed Board to Review Tuition Waivers

Attorney Eva-Marie Mancuso, chair of the new State Board of Education.
Credit Lydia Rogers

As one of its first actions, the brand new State Board of Education will take up tuition waivers granted to employees at state colleges and universities.

Board Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso says she will appoint and chair a commission to consider changing to the policy, which provides free tuition to state college employees, their spouses and their children.

“I’m not going to prejudge it, I think we have to study the issue,” Mancuso says, but she adds her personal opinion is that the policy needs to change.

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Education
8:54 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Plans for Safety Upgrade at North Providence Schools

North Providence High School
Credit Courtesy NorthProvidenceSchoolDept.net

The town of North Providence is planning a major upgrade to school security. It’s the result of the schoolroom massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Education
7:57 am
Mon March 11, 2013

In Depth With New Education Board Chair Mancuso

Board of Education Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso
Credit Lydia Rogers / RIPR

This could be a pivotal day in the future of education in our state. A new state Board of Education holds its first meeting.

The new Rhode Island Board of Education combines the functions of two previous panels: the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.

Board chair Eva Marie Mancuso sat down with RIPR education reporter Elisabeth Harrison to talk about the priorities of the new board.

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Education
4:55 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Rhode Island Students Gear Up for State Spelling Bee

Twenty-nine Rhode Island students will compete for the State Spelling Bee title tomorrow at 10 AM in the Cumberland High School auditorium. The winner of tomorrow’s public competition, sponsored by The Valley Breeze newspaper, will be sent, with a parent, to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for a week in May.

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Morning News Podcast
9:57 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Another snow storm is on its way.  The new state Board of Education has all its members in place now.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
Plus in this week’s This I Believe—Rhode Island essay, writer and actress Janine Weisman talks about the importance of community.

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Higher Education
8:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Senate Approves New Education Board Members

The State Senate has given final approval to all 11 members of a new State Board of Education, which plans to hold its first meeting on Monday.

According to RIPR Political Reporter Ian Donnis, the closest vote was for Board Chair Eva Marie Mancuso, who cleared the chamber on a 26 to 10 margin.

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On Politics
12:56 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

New State Board of Education to Hold its First Meeting Next Monday

The merged state board that will oversee K through 12 and higher education is set to hold its first meeting at 5 pm next Monday, March 11, at the Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island.

The combined board is expected to take us issues lingering since the dissolution of two separate state education boards last December. The state Senate has already confirmed 4 of 11 members for the merged board; the remaining seven are due to be confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

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