Blackstone Valley Prep en Charter Receives $450,000 for New High School <p>Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy has won a <a href="">$450,000 grant</a> from <a href="">Next Generation Learning Challenges</a>, an advocacy group focused on increasing the use of technology to improve public education, to open its first high school.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:06:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33206 at 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 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 Blackstone Valley Prep Charter Renewed For Another Five Years <p>Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy said it’s thrilled the state’s Board of Education has renewed its charter for another five years. The charter school will operate three schools in the coming school year, serving students in Lincoln, Cumberland, Central Falls and Pawtucket. Blackstone Valley Prep’s Jen LoPiccolo said the Board of Education cleared the way for expansion of up to seven schools.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:39:07 +0000 Catherine Welch 18566 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 Advocates Protest Legislation Allowing Schools on Toxic Sites <p>Environmental advocates gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday to protest legislation that would roll back restrictions that prevent schools from building on toxic sites.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:28:28 +0000 Bradley Campbell 15696 at Schools Hold Classes Despite Snow <p>Public schools in Rhode Island planned to operate under normal schedules today in spite of the winter weather.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:57:15 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 11514 at