public schools en Teachers to Sound Off on Education Policy <p>Rhode Island’s two teachers’ unions are holding a forum for teachers to discuss their dissatisfaction with new policies in the state’s public schools.</p><p>Teachers have complained about the pace of changes under State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, and they are particularly concerned about new annual teacher evaluations, which include test scores as one measure of teacher effectiveness. The teachers have asked the state to slow down implementation of the evaluations, saying they are time consuming and need adjustment.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:23:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15511 at Bill would Add Two Student Seats to Rhode Island Board of Education <p>Legislation sponsored by Providence Rep Edith Ajello, would add two student positions to the newly formed Rhode Island Board of Education.</p><p>One seat would represent public high schools—the other seat, public colleges.</p><p>The two students would not be given a vote, but would be able to voice their opinions, providing insight to the board says Ajello.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:57:45 +0000 John Bender 12521 at Tensions flare over staffing rules <p>Relations appear tense between the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers, one of two teachers’ unions in Rhode Island, and State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.</p><p>Gist sent a letter to Superintendents at the end of January reminding them that state regulations require staffing decisions to be based on performance, rather than the number of years a teacher has been on the job, a practice common in many schools.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:32:24 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9719 at Tensions flare over staffing rules Class notes: education and the governor’s budget <p>The new budget proposal from Governor Lincoln Chafee is a complex document, so here are a few highlights for schools and colleges.</p><p>There's a&nbsp;slight increase in&nbsp;this budget proposal&nbsp;for public colleges and universities. Oddly,&nbsp;officials disagree&nbsp;about the exact amount of the increase. The governor’s office first reported&nbsp;$8 million, but&nbsp;higher education officials say it’s closer to $6 million. The Office of Higher Education says it is grateful for any increase, after years of decreases under former Governor Don Carcieri.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:40:17 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8763 at Good news, bad news for public schools <p>The good news this week is that American students stack up better against their international counterparts, if socio-economic background is taken into account. Edweek has a good <a href="" target="_blank">roundup</a> of the new study by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Economic Policy Institute.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:09:22 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8465 at