Education

Education
1:58 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Hundreds of students in RI & CT stranded after abrupt school closing

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A Providence technical college has abruptly closed its doors, leaving more than 300 students with tuition paid but no classes to go to.  

The Sawyer School, which specializes in training medical secretaries, abruptly closed its doors on New Year’s Day.  Some students received a letter saying classes were permanently suspended. Others received nothing.

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Education
11:23 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Who's in charge at Board of Ed?

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island starts the New Year with uncertainty about who is overseeing public education. A state law dissolved the boards of higher education and k-12 public schools as of December 31st, and a new board was supposed to takeover on January 1st.

But Governor Lincoln Chafee has named only the chair of the new board. His pick was attorney and former higher education board member Eva Marie Mancuso.

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RI News
11:29 am
Fri December 28, 2012

ACLU settles lawsuit with Cranston schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has settled a lawsuit with the Cranston School Department. The settlement allows a mother with a criminal record to volunteer at her daughter’s elementary school.

When Jessica Doyle was in her early 20’s, she was a heroin addict who was convicted twice for felony drug charges. This was before her daughter was born in 2003. And since then she’s received treatment and is an advocate for drug prevention.

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Education
9:46 am
Wed December 26, 2012

2012 News Countdown: Brown U gains new president

Brown University President Christina Paxson
Credit courtesy of Brown University

At the number nine slot, in our Top Ten 2012 News Story countdown is Brown University names a new president. Brown University welcomed a new commander-in-chief after the 11-year tenure of the popular Ruth Simmons. The school’s choice, Christina Hull Paxson, is an economist, who most recently led the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.
Paxson comes to Brown as the school looks to maintain need blind admissions and find a home for a new school of engineering.

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Education
8:07 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Nutcrackers on display at URI

If you’re looking to continue the holiday spirit you might want to check out a special display of German Christmas figures at the URI library. The display contains twenty nutcrackers, an orchestra of angels, and a collection of cute incense smokers.  
Retired URI professors Gerald and Sylvia Krausse collected the figures which are all from the Ore Mountains in Germany. Nutcrackers were first created in these mountains and were used to crack nuts but also served another purpose.

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Education
3:45 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

John Maeda's TED Talk

RISD President John Maeda reveals the parent-teacher conference that marked him for life, how he came to see the computer as a spiritual space for thinking and what he learned from sitting in a sandbox for several hours a day.

Education
4:12 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Brown University lags behind academic peers in its investment return

Brown University might be perhaps the hippest destination in the Ivy League, but it's a investment laggard compared with the nation's other top universities.  

Brown earned just 1 percent on its portfolio in fiscal 2012, placing it 10th in this analysis by the Skorina Letter, a financial newsletter:

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Education
4:50 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Colleges scale back financial aid, need-blind admissions suffer

Wesleyan has ended its blanket need-blind admissions policy, saying it can no longer afford to admit every qualified student. Like Brown University, Wesleyan promises financial aid to any student who needs it. For a small number of applicants, that means they will not gain entrance to the college this year because they do not have enough money attend.

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Education
4:54 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Drugs instead of better schools?

A New York Times article published this week suggests a growing practice of prescribing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs to low-income children who struggle in school.

The drugs, like Adderoll and Risperdal, can increase focus and improve a child’s behavior, but they are also addictive stimulants that can have negative side effects, including psychotic episodes.

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Education
4:59 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Last days of the Board of Governors

The Board of Governors for Higher Education has just three full meetings left before it ceases to exist, at least in its current form.

The state is dissolving both the Board of Governors and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education. Instead, a single board will oversee the state’s public schools and colleges and universities starting on January 1st, 2013. (No word yet, by the way, on when Governor Lincoln Chafee will announce his appointees for the new board)

Items the Board of Governors may address in its final days include:

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