teacher morale http://ripr.org en Business Supports Gist http://ripr.org/post/business-supports-gist <p>Business leaders are coming out in support of Deborah Gist, the state’s controversial education commissioner. <em>The Providence Journal</em> reports that two dozen business organizations have asked the State Board of Education to renew Gist’s contract, which is currently under review.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 13:50:10 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15326 at http://ripr.org Controversy Follows Gist to the Statehouse http://ripr.org/post/controversy-follows-gist-statehouse <p>Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist urged lawmakers to pass a series of bills aimed at improving school safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting during her State of Education speech on Tuesday. She also urged passage of the governor’s budget which increases funding for public schools, colleges and universities.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 15:17:17 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 14491 at http://ripr.org