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11:08 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Changes To State Standardized Testing Approved

RI teachers have criticized the PARCC testing structure, which divides testing into two separate periods.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Students in Rhode Island will take shorter standardized tests next year. 

The multi-state governing board that oversees the so-called PARCC tests, voted Wednesday to shorten testing by about 90 minutes. The change comes following criticism from teachers over the lengthy nature of the test.

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Education
11:48 am
Thu May 21, 2015

CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale To Step Down

Ray Di Pasquale during a presentation at the Statehouse with former governor Lincoln Chafee.
Credit RIPR FILE

Ray DiPasquale the President of the Community College of Rhode Island is stepping down. The decision comes after nearly a decade at the helm.

Di Pasquale began his first term as President in 2006.  During his tenure the school has seen record enrollments; graduating it’s largest-ever class in 2013. He also oversaw CCRI’s first-ever capital campaign which raised more $7 million.

In a statement Di Pasquale said serving as CCRI President was a “true privilege.”

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Education
11:18 am
Thu May 21, 2015

State Approves New Bachelor's Degree Granting Institution

There’s a new school where Rhode Islanders can receive a Bachelor’s degree. The school is aimed at students working to complete a degree they started but haven’t finished.

The Providence-based program is called College Unbound, a private non-profit school.  It serves returning students, who have some college experience but never graduated.  The school has been operating in conjunction with Roger Williams University in Bristol, among others. Now, the school will be able to independently confer its own Bachelor’s.

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Education
9:59 am
Thu May 21, 2015

RI Senate Approves Legislation To Attach Higher Ed Funding To Performance

The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation that would tie some funding for public colleges and universities to their performance. Supporters say the aim is to increase timely graduation rates, and the number of students in high demand fields.

The new legislation would create a set a unique set of standards for the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island, to reach those goals.  Supporters say the bill would shrink the skills gap, by getting students into the workforce quicker with the appropriate education.

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Education
10:59 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Lawmakers Find Public Schools Bearing More Costs Than Charter Schools

A new legislative report finds public schools bear more costs than charter school counterparts.
Credit RIPR FILE

State lawmakers say public schools may be paying more than their fair share to support charter schools. That’s the major finding of a legislative report about the school system’s "fair funding formula."

The fair funding formula requires public schools to pay charter schools a certain amount per student that opts to attend a charter school instead. That amount is calculated on how much public schools spend per pupil. But it includes expenses charter schools haven’t had to worry about.

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