RI ACLU http://ripr.org en Bonus Q+A: RI ACLU Director Steve Brown On Supreme Court And RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-ri-aclu-director-steve-brown-supreme-court-and-ri-general-assembly <p>The US Supreme Court made two high-profile decisions this week, and civil liberties again made for a hotly debate subject at the General Assembly this year. The head of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Steve Brown, stopped by our studios to discuss those and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:32:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 36232 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-brown-civil-liberties-general-assembly-and-hobby-lobby-decision <p></p><p>Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new law instituting harsher sentences for gang-related crime; the 2014 session of the General Assembly; the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision; and why the ACLU opposes the convening of a constitutional convention.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36120 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision Locals React to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling http://ripr.org/post/locals-react-supreme-court-abortion-ruling <p>The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a Massachusetts law meant to keep protesters 35 feet away from abortion clinics is drawing local reaction.</p><p>Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown says he thinks the court struck the right balance in this ruling, a balance between the right to free speech and the right to have an abortion. He says the court appropriately noted that clinics have other ways of dealing with protestors who cross a line.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:39:20 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35849 at http://ripr.org Locals React to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling RI ACLU Says I-195 Commission Should Err On The Side Of Transparency http://ripr.org/post/ri-aclu-says-i-195-commission-should-err-side-transparency <p>The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU says the 195 Commission should err on the side of transparency in releasing information to the public. The commission held a number of votes in a closed session Monday without describing what they were about. A spokeswoman for the commission says it has received several proposals for land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.</p><p>Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown said the 195 commission appears to be within its legal rights by not releasing more information about its votes before signing a letter of intent.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:50:50 +0000 Ian Donnis 33922 at http://ripr.org 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