The Education Blog
2:55 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Gist heads to Central Falls

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist holds a public meeting tonight in Central Falls. She’ll take questions from the community while seated alongside a panel of local school leaders.

Numerous concerns have emerged about the tiny school district in the wake of the Central Falls bankruptcy. The school department has agreed to merge some services with the city including finance, human resources and sports.

The Education Blog
2:52 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

The roadblocks to a college degree: a four-part series

Thousands of college and university students received degrees across the state this weekend, but across the state, nearly half of Rhode Island residents do not have a bachelor’s degree. Business analysts often cite this statistic as one of the factors behind Rhode Island’s slow economic recovery.

To find out what’s behind the number, I met four Rhode Islanders who started college but never finished their degrees. They explained what got in the way of college, and what their lives have been like since leaving school.

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The Education Blog
3:00 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

How the state spent $335,500 in Race to the Top funds

Here’s the Rhode Island Department of Education’s newly minted tool for comparing school performance.

The website graphs both proficiency rates on annual state tests of English and Mathematics and individual score changes from one year to the next. Education officials call it “the Rhode Island Growth Model Visualization Tool.”

Starting next year, the state will start keeping track of growth data for individual teachers and classrooms.

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1:18 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

RWU President speaks out

PROVIDENCE, RI – Roger Williams University inaugurates a new president today, October 13. Donald Farish spent the last 13 years at the helm of Rowan University, a medium-sized public university in New Jersey. He holds a doctorate in Biology from Harvard University and a Law degree from the University of Missouri. Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Farish to discuss his vision for Roger Williams.

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8:47 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Public voices negative reaction to Providence school closures

Providence, RI – The Providence School Department held its first community meeting Tuesday night on the proposed closure of four city schools. Reaction was mostly negative.

Sabrina Smith, a Providence school teacher and the parent of a student at one of the schools that may be closed, look directly at Mayor Angel Taveras and posed this queston:

"How can you sleep at night knowing that you're closing schools and sacrificing our children's education?"

The mayor responded, "I don't sleep a lot at night."

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10:01 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Community meetings to address Providence school closures

RI Department of Education

Providence, RI – Providence residents will have the chance to weigh in tonight (Tuesday) on the proposed closures of four city schools. WRNI's Flo Jonic has a preview.

A 6 p.m. hearing at the Juanita Sanchez Educational complex in South Providence will give city residents their first chance to offer feedback on the proposed closures of four city schools. The closures are aimed at saving the cash-strapped city $12 million, which includes the salaries and benefits of 40 to 70 teachers.

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3:03 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Bill Holland discusses Central Falls Schools

Providence, R.I. – Bill Holland, a former superintendent of the Central Falls School district, spoke to Morning Edition's Bob Seay about his new book examining the troubled school district.

2:43 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Pick for Central Falls principal misstated record on resume

Central Falls, R.I. – One of two new principals chosen to lead Central Falls High School through a series of state-ordered reforms overstated some accomplishments on his resume.

Sonn Sam, a principal since 2006 at the Met School in Providence, said he raised math scores on standardized state tests by 79 percent.

In fact, math scores at the Met have been flat since 2007, and just 4 percent of students reached proficiency last year.

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11:01 am
Mon May 24, 2010

RI education officials to announce districts supporting grant application

Providence, R.I. – State education officials announce today how many school districts and teachers unions have signed onto their application for $75 million in federal race to the top education grants.

One of the state's two teachers unions has already endorsed the application, and several local union presidents have followed suit. They include Providence, Pawtucket and West Warwick.

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1:16 pm
Thu April 29, 2010

RI prepares for round two of Race to the Top

Providence – Teams from the state Department of Education are meeting this week to craft Rhode Island's second attempt at the federal Race to the Top competition. To win a grant, they must have a workable plan for raising student achievement and lowering the gap between urban and suburban students.

And this time they'd like to have teachers on board - the biggest loss of points in round one came from a lack of teacher support.

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