The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday on a bill that would ban test scores as a high school graduation requirement. A state policy requiring test scores has come under fire from critics, who say it is unfair to low income and minority students. But State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has been a strong supporter, arguing that it will ensure that no student graduates from a Rhode Island high school without basic knowledge of math and English.
A study of student suspensions in Rhode Island public schools in the last academic year finds large racial disparities.
According to the report by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, schools suspended many more black and Hispanic students than they suspended white students for what appears to be mostly minor discipline violations.
The ACLU reports black students were suspended at the highest rate in nine years, while white students were suspended at record low rates.
Brown celebrates its 250th Birthday this week, and Rhode Island Public Radio has been speaking with some of the best minds at Brown about the university’s history and what makes it unique. Current Brown President Christina Paxson stopped by our studio to talk about her view of Brown. She came to the university from Princeton just last year, so I asked her what makes Brown different from Princeton.