8:22 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Study Finds RI's Preschool Is Expensive, But Meets Quality Standards

The National Institute for Early Education Research says Rhode Island spends roughly $8,300 for every preschool student.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island’s new state-funded preschool program is expensive, but it may be high quality. That’s according to a new study from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

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9:04 am
Wed May 6, 2015

University Of Rhode Island Opens Gender And Sexuality Center

Artist rendering of URI's center for Gender and Sexuality
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The University of Rhode Island opens a new center Wednesday for Gender and Sexuality.  The campus has struggled in the past with incidents of aggression against gay students and faculty. Now, it is the first school to in the country to design and construct a center dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender programs.

The center will also provide programs for straight students to help them understand what their peers may be facing.

Graduating senior Jessica Brand says as a transgender woman, she welcomes the new resource.

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8:20 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Students, Activists, Allege Racial Profiling On Providence College Campus

Members of the Providence College allege racial profiling took place on the Providence College campus.
Credit Providence College

Activists rallied at Providence College Monday to call attention to what they say is racial profiling. Professor Julia Jordan-Zachery has complained she was interrogated by campus police for parking in a faculty space. The demonstrators said the incident is part of a larger pattern of targeting minorities by campus police officers.

Jordan-Zachery filed an official complaint with the college last fall. Providence College Spokesman Steve Maurano said the complaint was resolved quickly, and the head of campus security ordered additional training for campus police.

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5:41 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Brown To Confer Six Honorary Degrees

Geoscientist and Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan is one of six honorary degree recipients this year at Brown University.
Credit Brown University

Brown University has announced its list of honorary doctorate recipients, and the majority are women.

One recipient, Kathryn Sullivan, was the first American woman to walk in space. Sullivan also helped launch the Hubble Telescope.

Anthropologist Louise Lamphere will also be honored. Lamphere challenged Brown with a sexual discrimination suit when the university denied her tenure in the 1970’s. The lawsuit led Brown to establish new hiring procedures for women.

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11:54 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Board Of Ed Approves College Courses For High School Students

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is praising the state’s Board of Education for approving new regulations that allow qualified students to do college-level coursework while they are still in high school.

The Governor had sought that approval, saying it is a step toward creating Prepare RI, the jobs plan initiative Raimondo has proposed to allow students to finish professional certifications or college degrees more quickly.

$1.3 million for this program is included in the governor’s proposed budget.

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