Arne Duncan en U.S. Education Secretary Defends RI Commissioner Gist <p>Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Rhode Islanders should look at progress made in its schools while weighing the fate of state education commissioner Deborah Gist. Duncan made the comment on a conference call with Rhode Island reporters.</p><p>In a call of support for Gist, Duncan touted rising test scores and graduation rates as signs that the state is making progress. Teachers and parents have been outspoken in their opposition to Gist. But Duncan defends her, calling her collaborative.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:46:09 +0000 Catherine Welch 16348 at U.S. Education Secretary Defends RI Commissioner Gist Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises RI's progress <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison about the progress the Ocean State is making in education.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p><p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:19:02 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 10251 at Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises RI's progress Education secretary cancels trip to RI <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will have to forgo his trip to Rhode Island, no thanks to the weather.&nbsp; Duncan was scheduled to attend a town hall-style meeting tonight on school safety and to headline a Tuesday morning event at the Rhode Island Convention Center. His office says the secretary's flight to Rhode Island was canceled.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:31:57 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 10153 at National education official coming to Providence <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) National Education Secretary Arne Duncan is about to pay a visit to Rhode Island’s capital city.&nbsp; Duncan will be in Providence February 12th to help launch “United Providence “ – a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a school district and a teacher’s union with the aim of improving public schools.<br><br>United Providence is currently working to improve three Providence schools – the Carl Laura Elementary School, Gilbert Stuart Middle School and Alvarez High School.<br> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:33:04 +0000 Flo Jonic 8363 at Duncan weighs in on RI’s Race to the Top programs and Providence schools <div class="wp-caption alignleft" id="attachment_1981" style="width: 310px"><a href=""><img alt="" class="size-medium wp-image-1981" src=";h=200" title="arne duncan credit Ralph Alswang" height="200" width="300"></a><p class="wp-caption-text">U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Photo by Ralph Alswang.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 18:35:56 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8412 at This week in education <ul><li>Mitt Romney details his <a href="" target="_blank">plan</a> for public education, which includes vouchers for parents who want to send their children to private schools.</li><li>The Feds propose rules for a third round of <a href="" target="_blank">Race to the Top </a>grants. Fri, 25 May 2012 18:29:33 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8410 at