Steve Brown http://ripr.org en 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 ACLU settles lawsuit with Cranston schools http://ripr.org/post/aclu-settles-lawsuit-cranston-schools <p>PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has settled a lawsuit with the Cranston School Department. The settlement allows a mother with a criminal record to volunteer at her daughter’s elementary school.</p><p>When Jessica Doyle was in her early 20’s, she was a heroin addict who was convicted twice for felony drug charges. This was before her daughter was born in 2003. And since then she’s received treatment and is an advocate for drug prevention.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:29:13 +0000 Catherine Welch 4479 at http://ripr.org