Steve Brown http://ripr.org en Bonus Q+A: RI ACLU Director Steve Brown On Supreme Court And RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-ri-aclu-director-steve-brown-supreme-court-and-ri-general-assembly <p>The US Supreme Court made two high-profile decisions this week, and civil liberties again made for a hotly debate subject at the General Assembly this year. The head of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Steve Brown, stopped by our studios to discuss those and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:32:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 36232 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-brown-civil-liberties-general-assembly-and-hobby-lobby-decision <p></p><p>Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new law instituting harsher sentences for gang-related crime; the 2014 session of the General Assembly; the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision; and why the ACLU opposes the convening of a constitutional convention.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36120 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision Locals React to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling http://ripr.org/post/locals-react-supreme-court-abortion-ruling <p>The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a Massachusetts law meant to keep protesters 35 feet away from abortion clinics is drawing local reaction.</p><p>Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown says he thinks the court struck the right balance in this ruling, a balance between the right to free speech and the right to have an abortion. He says the court appropriately noted that clinics have other ways of dealing with protestors who cross a line.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:39:20 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35849 at http://ripr.org Locals React to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling RI Board Of Education Tackles ACLU Petition http://ripr.org/post/ri-board-education-tackles-aclu-petition <p>A public discussion over making test scores part of the high school graduation requirement will take place at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.</p><p>It took a court order, but the Board of Education will hold a public vote on a petition over whether high school diplomas should be linked to test scores. &nbsp;</p><p>Some 4,000 students failed to pass the NECAP last fall, many of them from urban schools. ACLU director Steve Brown said what’s now known about who failed the test should be an influence.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 33331 at http://ripr.org Watering down NECAP diploma requirement http://ripr.org/post/watering-down-necap-diploma-requirement <p>One of the most contentious issues in education remains high-stakes testing. In Rhode Island most of the strum and drang revolves around the New England Common Assessment Program Test.</p><p>This year, for the first time, R.I. high school seniors will have to pass the NECAP test to get a diploma. But the Rhode Island Department of Education, with little fanfare, on January 3<sup>rd</sup> issued a waiver policy that has been slowly circulating among education wonks and professionals around the state.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:42:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 27516 at http://ripr.org 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 Judge Rules Board Cannot Discuss NECAP Testing In Closed Retreat http://ripr.org/post/judge-rules-board-cannot-discuss-necap-testing-closed-retreat <p>A judge has ordered the Rhode Island Board of Education to open up a portion of what was supposed to be a retreat closed to the public.</p><p></p><p>The board had planned to hear about requiring NECAP test scores for graduation at a closed retreat later this month.</p><p></p><p>The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued saying the closed retreat violated the Open Meetings Act.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:41:45 +0000 John Bender 19631 at http://ripr.org 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 Legislation that Makes School Safety Plans Secret Worries Open Govt' Groups http://ripr.org/post/legislation-makes-school-safety-plans-secret-worries-open-govt-groups <p>A handful of open government groups are urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to&nbsp;block legislation that would shroud school safety plans in secrecy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 20:20:05 +0000 Catherine Welch 15540 at http://ripr.org Legislation that Makes School Safety Plans Secret Worries Open Govt' Groups Providence Phoenix says it is alive and well http://ripr.org/post/providence-phoenix-says-it-alive-and-well <p>Last week news broke that the weekly alternative paper, the Boston Phoenix, was stopping the presses after 47 years of publication. The news caught most media watchers off guard and has left some in Rhode Island wondering about the future of the Providence Phoenix. Here with insight into what happened in Boston and what’s ahead for Providence is the associate publisher of the Providence Phoenix Steve Brown.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:59:47 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 12079 at http://ripr.org Providence Phoenix says it is alive and well