RI ACLU http://ripr.org en CurrentCare Must Spell Out How To Change, Remove Records http://ripr.org/post/currentcare-must-spell-out-how-change-remove-records <p>A statewide electronic health records program must be more transparent and offer patients more privacy protections. That’s the result of a suit brought by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:45:50 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32438 at http://ripr.org New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/new-voter-id-law-gets-its-first-outing-woonsocket <p>Woonsocket voters go to the polls next week to elect a state representative to replace Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was recently elected mayor of that city.&nbsp; The election represents the first time that photo identification will be required of voters.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union is reminding Woonsocket voters to be sure to take along a photo id when they head to the polls Tuesday. Woonsocket is holding a special election to fill the House seat vacated by newly-elected Woonsocket Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:21:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 27710 at http://ripr.org New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket 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 ACLU to File New Lawsuit over Standardized Testing http://ripr.org/post/aclu-file-new-lawsuit-over-standardized-testing <p>The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to announce yet another lawsuit in its ongoing battle over high-stakes testing.</p><p>Critics of a state policy tying high school diplomas to test scores point out that 4,000 seniors are at risk of not graduating, and they are overwhelmingly,&nbsp; minority and low-income students, along with students with disabilities. However, state officials have been standing firm, arguing that students have multiple opportunities to show improvement on the test and earn a diploma.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:55:01 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 21719 at http://ripr.org Divided Board Votes Against Reconsidering Graduation Rules http://ripr.org/post/divided-board-votes-against-reconsidering-graduation-rules <p>The Rhode Island Board of Education has voted not to take up a state policy tying test scores to a high school diploma. In a 6-5 vote, the board ruled against a petition critical of the rule, which takes effect for the current senior class. The policy requires students to achieve a score of at least partially proficient on standardized state testing or improve on a retake to earn a diploma.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:22:59 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 21410 at http://ripr.org Good Government Groups Press Raimondo For Investment Transparency http://ripr.org/post/good-government-groups-press-raimondo-investment-transparency <p>Four groups are calling on state Treasurer Gina Raimondo to release more information about hedge fund investments in Rhode Island’s pension plan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The groups say they’re troubled by how Raimondo’s office, in a recent response to the Providence Journal, heavily redacted some details about the hedge fund investments. The four organizations are Common Cause of Rhode Island, the RI Press Association, and the state chapters of the ACLU and the League of Women Voters.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:23:29 +0000 Ian Donnis 19801 at http://ripr.org Good Government Groups Press Raimondo For Investment Transparency 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 Board of Ed Keeps Closed-Door Retreat on Calendar; ACLU Seeks Restraining Order http://ripr.org/post/board-ed-keeps-closed-door-retreat-calendar-aclu-seeks-restraining-order <p>Lawyers from the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will be in court Tuesday for a hearing as they try to block the State Board of Education from holding a retreat that’s closed to the public.</p><p>The ACLU claims the retreat violates the state’s open meetings act. The group has asked a judge for a temporary restraining order to stop the two-day retreat, scheduled for August 25th and 26th.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:01:11 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 19592 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