Blackstone Valley Prep http://ripr.org en Controversial Charter School Wins $2 Million Grant http://ripr.org/post/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 http://ripr.org This Week in Education http://ripr.org/post/week-education-0 <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 http://ripr.org This Week in Education Blackstone Valley Prep Charter Renewed For Another Five Years http://ripr.org/post/blackstone-valley-prep-charter-renewed-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 http://ripr.org Charter School Prepares to Grow to Seven Campuses http://ripr.org/post/charter-school-prepares-grow-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="http://blackstonevalleyprep.org/" 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 http://ripr.org Advocates Protest Legislation Allowing Schools on Toxic Sites http://ripr.org/post/advocates-protest-legislation-allowing-schools-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 http://ripr.org Schools Hold Classes Despite Snow http://ripr.org/post/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 http://ripr.org