Education

Elisabeth Harrison

In the aftermath of the sex abuse scandal at St. George's School, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation that would close a loophole in the state’s mandatory child abuse reporting law.

The loophole, first reported by Rhode Island Public Radio, seems to allow schools and other institutions to avoid reporting abuse allegations against their employees. 

Budget Changes Charter School Funding

Jun 8, 2016
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The House Finance Committee has changed the structure of payments made by local school districts to charter schools and mayoral academies.

Governor Raimondo had proposed an across-the-board decrease in tuition payments made to charter schools, but the House committee voted to give municipalities more options when it comes to reimbursing the charter schools.

St. George's Head Of School Announces Resignation

Jun 8, 2016
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The head of St. George's School will not seek an extension of his contract wheni it expires in the Spring of 2017. 

"I am enormously grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of St. George's," said Eric Peterson in a written statement Tuesday. "I am hopeful that announcing this decision now will allow for a thorough, national search for a successor, a process that requires substantial lead time and significant effort."

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New immigrants can find it difficult to navigate the complex American school system, and it's even trickier when language and culture separate you from other parents, teachers, and administrators.

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Transgender advocates and civil rights groups plan to urge Rhode Island to adopt a statewide policy on transgender students in public schools. Last week the federal government issued guidance that says transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom and locker room of the gender they identify with.

The Obama administration also instructed teachers to use the name and pronoun the family prefers.

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  Education officials are backing away from a plan to require test scores for a high school diploma. 

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Clarke Greene, the current interim Vice President for Advancement and External Relations, will now serve as the interim college president. Greene’s interim position was approved by the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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Advanced placement – or AP – courses are offered in many high schools as a way for students to take college-level classes and impress college admissions officers. Over the past decade, the number of students taking these challenging courses has nearly doubled. But one private high school in Rhode Island is saying no more to the AP. Lincoln School in Providence plans to stop offering AP courses in the fall of 2017. Lincoln Head of School Suzanne Fogarty discussed the decision with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.

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  The University of Rhode Island has tapped the first Hispanic woman Supreme Court justice to deliver the school's 2016 commencement speech. Sonia Sotomayor will receive an honorary doctorate of law from the institution. 

"She is a true champion for equal rights and social justice in the 21st Century and a magnificent role model for our graduates and the entire community," said URI President David M. Dooley in a release.

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Children are becoming more diverse in Rhode Island, but the number of babies born in withdrawal from opioids continues to grow. Those are just some of the statistics in this year’s Kids Count fact book, which comes out Monday. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant about several of the highlights in the report.  

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The Providence Public Schools have named a new superintendent. Chris Maher will lead the state capital’s school system, after serving as interim superintendent since last summer.

Maher took the helm following the abrupt departure of former city schools Superintendent Susan Lusi. The Providence School Board announced Monday it has voted unanimously to enter contract negotiations with Maher, to take on the position permanently.

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Public schools across the state could open up to students from other districts, under a new bill from Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner. 

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The city-led, early childhood education program Providence Talks has enrolled its 500th family. It’s been two years since the program’s pilot group was launched, under then-mayor Angel Taveras. Providence Talks aims to increase the number of words a child hears in the years leading up to kindergarten.

Parents receive in-home visits from coaches, who work to increase parent-child interactions. The kids involved periodically wear devices which measure the number of those interactions.

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Thousands of Rhode Island high school students are now earning college credits without stepping foot onto a university campus. 

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March 14th is Pi day, honoring the ratio of a circle’s circumference and diameter: 3.14. To celebrate this unofficial holiday, 10 of the state’s top math students gathered in Providence for a competition hosted by the American Mathematical Society.

Barrington freshman Johnny Zhang won the top prize, earning $1,000 and a graphing calculator. Zhang said he plans to put some of the money towards college and tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton.

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