Elisabeth Harrison

Morning Edition Host, Education Reporter

Elisabeth Harrison's journalism background includes everything from behind-the-scenes work with the CBS Evening News to freelance documentary production.

She joined the WRNI team in 2007 as a Morning Edition producer and freelance journalist. In 2009, she became a full-time reporter, and became the Morning Edition host in 2011.

Harrison's education is as wide ranging as her work at Rhode Island Public Radio. She has a B.A. in English and French from Wellesley College, and a joint M.A. in Journalism and French Studies from NYU.

A native of Los Angeles, Harrison loves good food and good movies.

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Higher Education
12:26 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Study Looks At ADHD In College Students

Researchers are collecting data on college students in Rhode Island and three other states, who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison reports the study is believed to be the first of it's kind, following hundreds of college students over a five-year period.

The study follows more than 400 college students in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Roughly half have been diagnosed with ADHD, the other half do not have attention issues.

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The Education Blog
10:02 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Fun With Kids During School Vacation

Wondering what to do with your kids during the holiday break? They're home from school all day, and it's not really the season for a trip to the park.

Still, there are plenty of fun and educational opportunities to be found over the holidays. Here are a few suggestions to start things off.

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The Education Blog
6:17 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Raimondo Mum On Gist Future

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo has no immediate plans to hire a new commissioner for K-12 education.

Current Commissioner Deborah Gist has been controversial because of her support for testing as a requirement for high school graduation and teacher evaluations.

Raimondo says she’s in no hurry to make a decision about Gist.

"She’s doing a great job," Raimondo said last week. "Her contract’s not up until the end of June, so there’s really no urgency to move on that one in particular."

Higher Education
2:34 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Brown Task Force Releases Interim Report on Sexual Assault

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Sexual violence is a problem at Brown University, and university officials should take immediate action to improve the process for responding to sexual assault, according to an interim report from Brown’s Task Force on Sexual Assault.

The report includes more than two dozen recommendations, including the adoption of trained fact-finders to investigate reports of sexual violence.

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The Education Blog
5:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

RI Sees Drop in 8th Grade Science Scores

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New test results show just 23 percent of Rhode Island 8th graders scored proficient or better in science,  a decline of seven percentage points from last year.

Some individual schools and districts also saw steep declines in their scores.

Education officials held off on releasing the results of the NECAP Science test while experts conducted an independent review of the test and the scoring. 

But in the end, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said they found no evidence this year's test was more difficult than last year.

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The Education Blog
2:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Commerce Secretary Pick Stefan Pryor’s Record in CT

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo announced her plan Tuesday to nominate Stefan Pryor for Rhode Island’s newly created Secretary of Commerce post.

The outgoing Education Commissioner in Connecticut, Pryor chose not to seek a second term, a move observers saw as evidence that he had become a liability for Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. Malloy faced a closely-watched battle for re-election in November.

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Higher Education
12:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Brown Reaches Tentative Agreement With Library Workers

Brown University has reached a tentative deal with workers at the Rockefeller Library. Union officials say the contract agreement includes a commitment to discuss job vacancies at the library.

Union members staged a protest in November, saying Brown had reduced union workers at the library by roughly one-third, leaving some departments short-handed.

The union has scheduled a vote on the tentative contract on Monday afternoon.

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The Education Blog
12:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Providence To Showcase High Schools And Middle Schools With School Fair

Providence families get a chance on Saturday to look at the options for public high school and middle school. The district has organized a school fair at Juanita Sanchez High School.

Providence allows students and parents to choose between their neighborhood school or another school in the district, but officials say many families are unaware of all of the options, especially in high school.

To give a better sense of the different schools and programs available, district officials are inviting families to meet with teachers and principals at the event on Saturday.

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The Education Blog
9:27 am
Wed December 10, 2014

College Savings Start At Birth

Starting on January 1st, parents in Rhode Island will have the option to sign up for a $100 grant for college tuition while they are still in the hospital with a newborn baby.

The change to the CollegeBoundbaby program, announced by Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo, will add the grants to the same forms parents fill out to get a birth certificate. State officials say they hope it will encourage more families to start college savings accounts when their children are young.

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The Education Blog
1:43 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Raimondo To Announce Universal College Savings Plan

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo will unveil details Wednesday of a plan to start college savings for every baby born in Rhode Island.

Under the initiative, the state’s CollegeBoundfund will offer to put aside $100 dollars for every newborn baby. Parents can choose whether to add additional funds over time.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of families with college savings plans, encourage more families to start saving early and make it easier to enroll in the CollegeBoundbaby program.

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