Education

Students in Rhode Island say they’d like more direction at school when it comes to things like college and job planning. Those are just a couple of things that students say they want from their education.  The students spoke out as part of a report from the children’s advocacy nonprofit Rhode Island Kids Count.

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Across the country, and in New England, elementary schools are revamping recess with a focus on organized games and teamwork, instead of free play.

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A majority of Rhode Island’s students are learning in facilities considered below par. That’s according to an independent report commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Education released Wednesday.

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The announcement that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will be phased out came the same day that many colleges and universities began a new school year. Dozens of New England students had sought protection under the program, which granted temporary reprieves to young people without documentation, if they were brought into the U.S. as children.

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The role of race in college admissions has returned to the spotlight, after the U.S. Justice Department said it will take another look at Harvard University’s admissions policy. Any challenge to affirmative action could have little effect on some local colleges and universities.

Brown Defends Use Of Race In Admissions Policy

Aug 7, 2017
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Brown University is responding to questions about race-conscious admissions criteria.

In a written statement, the university said the courts have upheld its right to "act affirmatively" to build a diverse student body. Brown's statement makes it clear the university views diversity on campus as essential to its academic mission.

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Rhode Island's budget standoff shows no signs of being resolved by the state's feuding legislative leaders, and it's threatening to affect state aid to local school districts. 

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joined 19 other attorneys general this week, in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for suspending Obama-era rules protecting students from for-profit colleges.

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The country’s largest teacher’s union, the National Education Association, wraps up its 155th annual meeting Wednesday, in Boston.

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The private Gordon School in East Providence has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual assault dating to the 1970s. 

According to a brief statement issued by the current head of school, the allegations involve several former students and a former faculty member. The school says no current administrators, faculty or staff were employed at the school at that time.

The school says law enforcement has been contacted, though it is unclear whether any criminal investigation has begun.

University of Rhode Island

Part-time faculty members at the University of Rhode Island claim the state’s flagship institution is violating state law. The URI adjunct faculty union said the school refused a judge’s orders to increase their wages. The group issued a complaint Friday with the state Attorney General.

Robin McGill, a spokeswoman for The Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education, said the complaint is unnecessary because the two sides remain in negotiations.

RI To Receive $3.7M In AmeriCorps Funding

Jun 13, 2017

Non-profits in Rhode Island will receive $3.7 million in federal AmeriCorps funding. This year grants will go to several organizations including Teach for America in Rhode Island, City Year Providence, and The Providence Children’s Museum.

Ian Donnis

Gov. Gina Raimondo hosted a media conference call with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Thursday. It’s the latest move in Democrat Raimondo’s efforts to rally support for her plan to provide two years of free tuition at the state’s public institutions.

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The University of Rhode Island begins construction of a $125 million engineering complex Monday.

The complex is URI’s biggest construction project. Voters approved the new building, and a bond to pay for it, in 2014.

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Brown University is dropping application fees for low-income students following a student campaign run by student leaders from elite universities.

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