public education http://ripr.org en Gov. Signs Shorter School Year Into Law http://ripr.org/post/gov-signs-shorter-school-year-law <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed a law allowing fewer school days in Rhode Island's public schools. The law requires any reduction in school days to be offset with an increase in class time. Still, supporters say, the move will provide more flexibility for school officials looking to reign in cost.</p><p>"We have to do anything we can to help schools stay on budget while still giving students the education they deserve,” said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Roger Picard, a Democrat representing Woonsocket and Cumberland in a written statement.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:34:30 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18813 at http://ripr.org CF Charter Schools Get Cash Infusion http://ripr.org/post/cf-charter-schools-get-cash-infusion <p>Charter Schools in Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland will have $10 million to make building improvements, thanks to the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation is providing the money in the form of low or no-interest loans, to increase the number of charter schools seats available for Central Falls students.<br> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:02:30 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 11443 at http://ripr.org Charter School Applications Rise 20 Percent http://ripr.org/post/charter-school-applications-rise-20-percent <p>The number of Rhode Island Families hoping to get their children into Charter Schools continues to increase, according to the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools. The group is reporting a 20 percent jump in applications for 2013 for a total of 7,900 applications, up from 6,500 applications in 2012.<br> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:26:49 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 11359 at http://ripr.org NECAP scores expected Friday http://ripr.org/post/necap-scores-expected-friday <p></p><p>State education officials plan to announce results from the latest round of state-wide standardized testing, unless a blizzard gets in the way. The Department of Education says Governor Lincoln Chafee and Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will release the numbers at the statehouse on Friday morning.</p><p>If the weather cooperates, we will soon know just how many high school juniors are at risk for not graduating, under a new state rule that requires a score of two or better on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) exam.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:46:25 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9946 at http://ripr.org NECAP scores expected Friday Gist joins panel on school leadership http://ripr.org/post/gist-joins-panel-school-leadership <p>State education Commissioner Deborah Gist&nbsp;is slated to&nbsp;discuss Rhode Island’s controversial teacher evaluations during a panel discussion this morning&nbsp;at the Fordham Institute in Washington, DC, a conservative public policy&nbsp;think-tank.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:03:24 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9809 at http://ripr.org Gist joins panel on school leadership Class notes: school closures, high stakes testing http://ripr.org/post/class-notes-school-closures-high-stakes-testing <p><strong>Schools close as budgets stretch and buildings age</strong></p><p>East Providence is closing Oldham Elementary School citing the high cost of upgrading the building. The district has faced serious deficits in the past, contributing to municipal financial woes. <em>The Providence Journal</em> reports that district officials Oldham would have needed an estimated $2 million in renovations to stay open. As a result of the closure, some students will be shifted to other schools.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:16:29 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9598 at http://ripr.org Class notes: school closures, high stakes testing To test, or not to test? http://ripr.org/post/test-or-not-test <p>State education officials are defending standardized testing as a graduation requirement&nbsp;starting with the&nbsp;class of 2014. Students opposing so-called "high stakes testing" staged a protest yesterday at the Statehouse.</p><p>State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist responded by saying her goal is to make sure&nbsp;students finish high school with the right skills for college or a career. If the testing&nbsp;rule took effect this year, 44 percent of seniors would be at risk for not graduating.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:51:36 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9516 at http://ripr.org To test, or not to test? Battle over high stakes testing begins anew http://ripr.org/post/battle-over-high-stakes-testing-begins-anew <p>A group calling itself the <a href="http://www.providencestudentunion.org/" target="_blank">Providence Student Union </a>will&nbsp;ask for an end to high stakes testing this week. Starting with the class of 2014, Rhode Island students will not be allowed to graduate unless they get a score of "partially procficent" on the standardized test known as the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:21:01 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9314 at http://ripr.org Class notes: school safety after Newtown http://ripr.org/post/class-notes-school-safety-after-newtown <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Gist: Mandatory school safety plans unlikely</strong></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:47:39 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9206 at http://ripr.org Class notes: school safety after Newtown Gist takes message to YouTube http://ripr.org/post/gist-addresses-teachers-youtube <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1GBQPlWlm70" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist speaks directly to teachers about a controversial new evaluation system. The video first appeared on YouTube earlier this month.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:44:07 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9154 at http://ripr.org