Charter Schools en Controversial Charter School Wins $2 Million Grant <p>Blackstone Valley Prep, a mayoral academy based in Cumberland, will receive $2.2 million from the Charter School Growth fund to help pay for a planned expansion. Blackstone Valley Prep currently runs two elementary schools and a middle school, serving students from Cumberland, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Lincoln.</p><p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:55:25 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24377 at Despite Critics, Achievement First Charter School Up And Running <p>Achievement First is a brand new charter school in Providence that also operates schools in Connecticut and New York.&nbsp; Critics fought hard to keep it from opening in Rhode Island, arguing that among other problems, it would take money away from other public schools. But supporters and organizers from Achievement First say they are offering an alternative to public schools that are struggling. Rhode Island Public Radio's Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison took a tour of the Providence school.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:41:47 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24315 at Despite Critics, Achievement First Charter School Up And Running My Interview With Diane Ravitch <p></p><p>I had a chance to sit down with Diane Ravitch this week prior to her talk at the University of Rhode Island. She told me she thinks Rhode Island should give up the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) as a graduation requirement and halt plans to add test scores to teacher evaluations.</p><p>Ravitch also weighed in on charter schools, saying she believes they can play a helpful role in some circumstances. Here's the full interview.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:59:14 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 23420 at My Interview With Diane Ravitch Diane Ravitch to Speak at URI <p>As Rhode Island debates high school diplomas tied to test scores, a prominent critic of standardized testing comes to make her case at the University of Rhode Island. Diane Ravitch, a research professor at New York University, is scheduled to speak this evening as part of URI&#39;s honors colloquium on education.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:56:34 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 23226 at This Week in Education <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Standardized testing</strong> is underway in Rhode Island public schools, where students take the New England Common Assessment Program or NECAP every October. The tests of math and reading are administered to grades 3-8 and 11 between October 1<sup>st</sup> and the 23rd. This year some 4,000 12<sup>th</sup> graders are also taking the test and must improve their scores to meet the state&rsquo;s controversial new test-based graduation requirement.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:57:16 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 22805 at This Week in Education Contested Charter School to Open in Providence <p>Achievement First, a big box charter operator from Connecticut, opens its first school in Rhode Island this month. Plans for Achievement First in Rhode Island originally called for a network of public charter schools serving students in Kindergarten through the end of high school, but the proposal almost immediately ran into opposition from parents and teachers.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:09:52 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 20267 at Community Prep Looks to Open Charter School <p>A Providence private school is planning to close its elementary school and launch a charter school. Organizers from Community Prep say their goal is to find out whether they can extend a successful reputation to a randomly selected group of students.</p><p>Community Prep is known for a strong academic program and diverse student body, with many students receiving substantial scholarships. The school is now seeking approval from state officials to close its 3<sup>rd</sup>, 4<sup>th</sup> and 5<sup>th</sup> grades and replace them with a Kindergarten-5<sup>th</sup> grade charter school.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:14:00 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18869 at Charter School Prepares to Grow to Seven Campuses <p>Blackstone Valley Prep has received the go-ahead from state officials to continue operating for another five years and more than double the number of schools it runs around the state.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Blackstone Valley Prep</a>, a charter school, currently operates two elementary schools in Cumberland and a middle school in Lincoln. Plans call for a high school to open this fall at a location still to be determined.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:26:14 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18564 at CF Charter Schools Get Cash Infusion <p>Charter Schools in Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland will have $10 million to make building improvements, thanks to the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation is providing the money in the form of low or no-interest loans, to increase the number of charter schools seats available for Central Falls students.<br> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:02:30 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 11443 at Charter School Applications Rise 20 Percent <p>The number of Rhode Island Families hoping to get their children into Charter Schools continues to increase, according to the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools. The group is reporting a 20 percent jump in applications for 2013 for a total of 7,900 applications, up from 6,500 applications in 2012.<br> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:26:49 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 11359 at