ACLU http://ripr.org en House Bill Takes Aim at Suspensions http://ripr.org/post/house-bill-takes-aim-suspensions <p>Rhode Island’s House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare has scheduled testimony Wednesday on a bill seeking to reduce the use of “out of school” suspensions in public schools.</p><p></p><p>The bill would also require education officials to collect and analyze discipline data to determine how policies are affecting minority students.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:06:26 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 31411 at http://ripr.org Should Flu & HPV Shots Be Required For School Kids? http://ripr.org/post/should-flu-hpv-shots-be-required-school-kids <p>The state’s health department is considering updates to its immunization policy for school kids from preschool through college. The proposals would require flu shots for kids up to age five and the HPV vaccine for kids entering ninth grade.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:33:16 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28277 at http://ripr.org New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/new-voter-id-law-gets-its-first-outing-woonsocket <p>Woonsocket voters go to the polls next week to elect a state representative to replace Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was recently elected mayor of that city.&nbsp; The election represents the first time that photo identification will be required of voters.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union is reminding Woonsocket voters to be sure to take along a photo id when they head to the polls Tuesday. Woonsocket is holding a special election to fill the House seat vacated by newly-elected Woonsocket Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:21:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 27710 at http://ripr.org New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket RI ACLU Takes Legal Action Against Ed. Board for a 3rd Time http://ripr.org/post/ri-aclu-takes-legal-action-against-ed-board-3rd-time <p>The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up the heat in its opposition to the NECAP test as a requirement for high school graduation. The ACLU has filed a third legal action against what it calls a lack of process in retaining the controversial test.</p><p>For the third time in less than two months, the ACLU of Rhode Island has taken legal action against the state Board of Education for violating open government laws in dealing with the NECAP test.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:04:18 +0000 Flo Jonic 21745 at http://ripr.org RI ACLU Takes Legal Action Against Ed. Board for a 3rd Time Good Government Groups Press Raimondo For Investment Transparency http://ripr.org/post/good-government-groups-press-raimondo-investment-transparency <p>Four groups are calling on state Treasurer Gina Raimondo to release more information about hedge fund investments in Rhode Island’s pension plan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The groups say they’re troubled by how Raimondo’s office, in a recent response to the Providence Journal, heavily redacted some details about the hedge fund investments. The four organizations are Common Cause of Rhode Island, the RI Press Association, and the state chapters of the ACLU and the League of Women Voters.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:23:29 +0000 Ian Donnis 19801 at http://ripr.org Good Government Groups Press Raimondo For Investment Transparency RI ACLU Sues Board of Education to Open Up a Closed Retreat http://ripr.org/post/ri-aclu-sues-board-education-open-closed-retreat <p>The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to keep the state’s Board of Education from holding a retreat that’s closed to the public.</p><p>The upcoming retreat will feature presentations on high stakes testing. It will be closed to both the media and the public. Rhode Island ACLU chapter executive director Steve Brown said that undermines the state’s open meetings laws.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:22:35 +0000 Catherine Welch 19438 at http://ripr.org RI ACLU Sues Board of Education to Open Up a Closed Retreat ACLU Leaves Testing Controversy for Another Day http://ripr.org/post/aclu-leaves-testing-controversy-another-day <p>The lawsuit filed against the Rhode Island Board of Education by the American Civil Liberties Union does not address the merits of a new test-based graduation requirement, focusing instead on a procedural issue. The ACLU’s local director, Steve Brown, said he is still hoping the board will reconsider the testing policy and move to reverse it.</p><p>The complaint alleges the board failed to properly respond to a petition from the ACLU and several other groups seeking to stop the policy, which requires students to show partial proficiency on tests of Math and English to earn a diploma.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:24:48 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18999 at http://ripr.org ACLU Sues RI Board of Education to Take Up Testing Requirement http://ripr.org/post/aclu-sues-ri-board-education-take-testing-requirement <p>The American Civil Liberties Union claims Rhode Island’s Board of Education broke the law when it failed to consider a petition over high-stakes testing as a requirement for a high school diploma. The lawsuit has a narrow focus and is unlikely to settle controversy over the graduation policy.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:00:10 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18949 at http://ripr.org ACLU Sues RI Board of Education to Take Up Testing Requirement ACLU to Sue over High-Stakes Testing http://ripr.org/post/aclu-sue-over-high-stakes-testing <p>The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to announce details of a lawsuit Wednesday over the state’s high school graduation policy. The suit stems from a new requirement that students show partial proficiency on standardized state testing to qualify for a diploma.</p><p>The ACLU and other groups have asked state officials to reconsider the policy, arguing that it overwhelmingly impacts minority and low income students. &nbsp;Statewide, roughly 4,000 students failed to meet the testing bar during their junior year.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:24:33 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18929 at http://ripr.org RI ACLU: Higher Suspension Rate for Black & Hispanic Students http://ripr.org/post/ri-aclu-higher-suspension-rate-black-hispanic-students <p>One day after releasing a report showing that African Americans in the state are disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession, the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is out with a report showing a racial disparity in school suspensions.&nbsp;</p><p>The civil rights group stopped short of calling it racial profiling, but says the issue is something education leaders need to study and correct.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:01:33 +0000 Flo Jonic 16411 at http://ripr.org RI ACLU: Higher Suspension Rate for Black & Hispanic Students