Education http://ripr.org en Officials Mum on Subject of Brown Sexual Assault Investigation http://ripr.org/post/officials-mum-subject-brown-sexual-assault-investigation <p>No one is saying why federal officials have launched an investigation into Brown's handling of a sexual assault complaint, but the school is one of 68 around the country facing increased scrutiny over the issue of sexual violence.</p><p></p><p>Campus officials have struggled to strike a balance between the rights of students who say they are victims of sexual assault and the rights of their alleged attackers, who often have not been found guilty of any crime.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:08:19 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 37037 at http://ripr.org U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Praises Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/us-education-secretary-duncan-praises-rhode-island <p>Rhode Island, along with all other states, is being asked to submit new “teacher equity plans,” to the U.S. Department of Education. Originally created in 2006, these plans are designed to insure that poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates by inexperienced or unqualified teachers.</p><p>U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is praising Rhode Island for its work implementing its original plan.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:42:37 +0000 John Bender 37035 at http://ripr.org No Charges for PC Players Accused of Sexual Assault http://ripr.org/post/no-charges-pc-players-accused-sexual-assault <p>Rhode Island's Attorney General has concluded an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against two Providence College basketball players. Neither player will face criminal charges.</p><p>The grand jury found insufficient evidence against Rodney Bullock, who remains a student at PC, and Brandon Austin, who has left the school.</p><p>The players were accused of sexually assaulting a female student in November 2013. The allegations resulted in a suspension of play for both players this past season and a campus disciplinary hearing.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:27:44 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36875 at http://ripr.org Taveras Calls Teacher Firings a "Mistake" http://ripr.org/post/taveras-calls-teacher-firings-mistake <p>Speaking Tuesday night at a special edition of RIPR's Political Roundtable, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said he made "a very public mistake" when he fired every Providence public school teacher early on in his tenure as mayor.</p><p>At the time, Taveras said the firings would give the city flexibility in the midst of a financial crisis.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:24:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36448 at http://ripr.org Bradley School Splits from Bradley Hospital Campus http://ripr.org/post/bradley-school-splits-bradley-hospital-campus <p>The Bradley School is leaving its home on the grounds of Bradley Hospital for a new facility in Providence. Bradley officials say they plan to make the move on September first.</p><p>A letter sent to Bradley parents says the school will now share space with the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program, a school for students who have fallen behind and are at serious risk for dropping out. The letter touts larger classrooms, a cafeteria and a newly constructed gymnasium.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:04:35 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36327 at http://ripr.org Gist: High Stakes Testing Moratorium Is A Delay http://ripr.org/post/gist-high-stakes-testing-moratorium-delay <p></p><p>Rhode Island's Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is not giving up on efforts to link test scores to a high school diploma. Gist says a new state law barring the practice until 2017 is a delay, but she is still expecting the policy to take effect three years from now.</p><p>"While I'm disappointed about this because I feel confident that we are where we need to be to carry this out, I understand the decision," Gist told RIPR during an in-depth interview. "We are going to take a little bit more time, but what we're not going to do is lower our sense of urgency."</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:16:21 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36173 at http://ripr.org Gist: High Stakes Testing Moratorium Is A Delay Governor Declines to Veto High Stakes Testing Moratorium http://ripr.org/post/governor-declines-veto-high-stakes-testing-moratorium <p>A bill halting a controversial test-based graduation requirement will become law without a signature from Governor Lincoln Chafee.</p><p>Chafee declined to sign the bill but also declined a veto.</p><p>The bill bars the use of standardized test scores for a high school diploma until at least 2017. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who opposed the bill, vowed to keep pushing school leaders to improve student performance.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:31:58 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36105 at http://ripr.org Governor Declines to Veto High Stakes Testing Moratorium Chafee on Testing Bill: We're Looking at It http://ripr.org/post/chafee-testing-bill-were-looking-it <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee says he is still considering whether to sign a bill that halts a controversial policy linking test scores to high school diplomas.</p><p>"We're still looking at it and talking to advocates on both sides," Chafee told RIPR on Friday, as he signed a bill making calamari the state's official appetizer.</p><p>Supporters say students should have to demonstrate minimum skill levels in reading and writing before they are awarded diplomas. That was the reasoning behind the policy, which mirrors a similar rule in Massachusetts.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:52:54 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35994 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Scores Relatively Well on Study of Child Restraint http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-scores-relatively-well-study-child-restraint <p>Rhode Island provides more restrictions on the use of child restraints in schools than either Connecticut or Massachusetts,<a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/schools-restraints-seclusions#definitions-terms"> according to a report</a> from ProPublica and NPR.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:22 +0000 Person: Elisabeth Harrison 35888 at http://ripr.org Gist to Weigh in on High Stakes Testing Freeze http://ripr.org/post/gist-weigh-high-stakes-testing-freeze <p>Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has promised to make time in her schedule to discuss new developments at the General Assembly, including a bill that orders a halt to standardized testing as a requirement for a high school diploma.</p><p>Gist has advocated in favor of keeping the testing policy, which she says is will ensure that students graduate ready for the challenges they may face after high school. But lawmakers voted to halt the use of exit exams until at least 2017, citing concerns about students with disabilities, among other issues.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:03:31 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35828 at http://ripr.org