Elisabeth Harrison http://ripr.org en 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 UPDATE: Hurricane Arthur Threatens 4th of July Celebrations http://ripr.org/post/update-hurricane-arthur-threatens-4th-july-celebrations <p><strong>Hurricane Arthur has been downgraded</strong> from a category two to a category one storm as it makes its way toward New England.&nbsp; The National Weather Service is still expecting between three and five inches of rain to hit Rhode Island.&nbsp; A flash flood alert has been issued for the region and will be in place from noon until 2AM tomorrow morning.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:50:43 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36174 at http://ripr.org UPDATE: Hurricane Arthur Threatens 4th of July Celebrations 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 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 Artscape: Summer Reading For Young Adults http://ripr.org/post/artscape-summer-reading-young-adults <p>It’s the summer reading season, and for this month’s Artscape we explore books for young adults starting with what some kids at the Cumberland Public Library plan to read this summer.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Summer Reading Students</strong></p><p>Phillip DiDomenico, 10 years old, recommends <em>Frindle</em> by Andrew Clements, which he read during the school year.</p><p>Sophia Dauphine, 7 years old, plans to read <em>Diary of A Wimpy Kid</em> by Jeff Kinney</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:06:58 +0000 Catherine Welch & Elisabeth Harrison 35803 at http://ripr.org Artscape: Summer Reading For Young Adults High Stakes Testing Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature http://ripr.org/post/high-stakes-testing-bill-awaits-governor-s-signature <p>School officials say they plan to keep up their efforts to help high school students improve their test scores, even if the test scores won’t count towards a high school diploma.</p><p></p><p>A signature from Governor Lincoln Chafee is the last thing standing between students and a bill that would delay the use of high school exit exams until at least 2017.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:31:36 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35692 at http://ripr.org Lawmakers Halt High Stakes Testing, Alter Teacher Evaluations http://ripr.org/post/lawmakers-halt-high-stakes-testing-alter-teacher-evaluations <p>In a move that seemed almost unthinkable before a change in leadership at the House of Representatives, Rhode Island lawmakers have suspended the use of standardized test scores as part of a high school diploma until at least 2017. Lawmakers have also approved legislation that limits the frequency of teacher evaluations for most teachers.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:14:11 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35623 at http://ripr.org