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3:19 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

New Task Force Aims To Stem Campus Sexual Assault In RI

Gov. Gina Raimondo addresses the crowd at the press conference announcing a task force to address sexual assaults on college campuses statewide.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Local leaders have announced the launch of a statewide task force to deal with sexual assaults on college campuses. The issue has been getting increased national attention in recent years.

The task force is comprised of local law enforcement, medical professionals, and representatives from Rhode Island colleges and universities.  They’re tasked with developing new policies to better handle sexual assaults involving college students.  Often, colleges deal with sexual assault internally, and law enforcement is not involved unless a victim wishes to press charges.

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Education
9:38 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Cost Of Incarceration Subject Of Roger Williams' Conference

Roger Williams University Law School hosts a conference on the cost of incarceration.
Credit RIPR FILE

Hundreds of people convene Friday at Roger Williams University Law School for a conference on the cost of incarceration. The event will bring local and national experts together to discuss the problems in the criminal justice system.

Judge Judith Savage is a justice in residence at Roger Williams, and she organized this conference. She said Rhode Island is in the top five states when it comes to the number of residents on probation. That means they are more likely to struggle to find work or get an education.

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Education
9:10 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Education Commissioner Reflects On Tenure In Rhode Island

Rhode Island's current education commissioner Deborah Gist, will be leaving to become superintendent of Tulsa public schools at the end of this year.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is about to step down to become superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. Before she leaves, she reflected on her tenure with Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison. Gist says she made the right move delaying test scores for teacher evaluations. But she was disappointed lawmakers voted to delay using test scores for a high school diploma.

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Education
9:01 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Rhode Island Educators Prepare For PARCC

Science teacher Barbara Walton Faria stands in front of Thompson Middle School in Newport

Teachers across the country are under fire to increase student test scores and start using tougher standards in their classrooms. They’re also about to start using new tests to find out how their students are doing. So what is it like to be a teacher right now, and what concerns do teachers have about the changes in their classrooms? 

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Newport Middle School Science Teacher Barbara Walton-Faria to find out. Walton-Faria is the chair of RI Teacher Advisory Council.

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Education
4:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Brown To Host Conference For First-Gen Students

First-generation college students are gathering at Brown University this weekend.
Credit RIPR File

First-generation college students will gather at a conference this weekend at Brown University. This conference is the first of its kind, bringing administrators and students from all the Ivy League schools together.

First-generation college students come from families where neither of their parents attended four-year universities. Manuel Contreras is co-founder of the student group 1vyG, hosting the conference. He says first-generation students often struggle to adapt to their new academic environments. They are less likely to apply for internships or ask for help.

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Education
8:57 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Rhode Island Schools Improving, Says U.S. Education Secretary Duncan

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he has serious concerns about proposed changes to the federal law that governs public schools and their funding.
Credit Courtesty U.S. Department of Education

Congress is hammering out new requirements for public schools and federal school funding. The current bill, commonly known as the "No Child Left Behind Act," has been controversial because of the way it uses standardized test scores to measure public schools. Changes to the bill have been proposed in both houses of Congress.  

Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison from Washington, D.C. to explain what these proposals could mean for Rhode Island.

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Higher Education
8:59 am
Thu February 19, 2015

New President Says RISD Can Play A Key Role In Economic Development

New RISD President Rosanne Somerson
Credit Courtesy RISD

After an international search, the Rhode Island School of Design has settled on one of its own to take over as president. RISD has tapped Rosanne Somerson, a RISD graduate who’s been serving as interim president since December 2013.

Former president John Maeda stepped down suddenly, after a rocky relationship with RISD faculty. Maeda surprised many at RISD when he announced he had taken a job at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.

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Education
9:29 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Providence Extends School Year, To Make Up For Snow Days

Providence Public Schools are adding extra days to make up for snow days, and the winter's not over yet.
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Providence Public Schools have maxed out their snow days.  The district has called 5 snow days, already 2 more than they planned for.  

Spokesperson Christina O’Reilly said the district will have to extend the school year until June 25th.  “At this point we’ve assured families, and staff that February vacation is not going to be on the table,” said Reilly. 

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Education
2:42 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

RI Education Board Chair: Tulsa Is Lucky To Land Gist

Chair of the state’s board of education said Tulsa is lucky to land Deborah Gist as its next superintendent of schools. Board chair Eva-Marie Mancuso calls Gist a forward thinker and someone easy to work with.

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Education
9:14 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Kids Count: RI Has Highest Child Poverty Rate In New England

New numbers out of Rhode Island Kids Count show the number of children living in poverty has grown nearly five percent since the start of the Great Recession.  Kids Count RI executive director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go over the numbers.

The latest report on child poverty in Rhode Island found in 2013 44,923 children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty threshold. That’s 21.5%, and higher than the rate of 15.5% in 2008.

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