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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The Education Blog
11:59 am
Fri October 18, 2013

My Interview With Diane Ravitch

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

I had a chance to sit down with Diane Ravitch this week prior to her talk at the University of Rhode Island. She told me she thinks Rhode Island should give up the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) as a graduation requirement and halt plans to add test scores to teacher evaluations.

Ravitch also weighed in on charter schools, saying she believes they can play a helpful role in some circumstances. Here's the full interview.

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The Education Blog
9:06 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Signs of Improvement at Central Falls High School

Three years after a state order to dramatically overhaul Central Falls High School, a new report finds evidence of progress. The Education Alliance at Brown University conducted the study, which finds school culture and parent involvement have improved significantly.

The graduation rate at Central Falls High is up from 48 percent in 2009 to 70 percent last year. Superintendent of Central Falls Schools Fran Gallo says it took an all-out effort from school staff to keep students from dropping out.

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Education
9:11 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Diane Ravitch On Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, And Teacher Evaluations In RI

NYU professor and education critic, Diane Ravitch speaking at URI.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

It’s October, and that means students across Rhode Island are filling in bubbles on standardized tests. The annual use of testing in math and English has become a controversial tool for rating schools, and making decisions about high school diplomas, and it will soon be part of teacher evaluations too. One researcher who started out supporting standardized testing now says its part of the problem in public schools. Diane Ravitch has become one of the strongest voices in the national debate and she spoke at the University of Rhode Island last night.

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The Education Blog
8:56 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Diane Ravitch to Speak at URI

As Rhode Island debates high school diplomas tied to test scores, a prominent critic of standardized testing comes to make her case at the University of Rhode Island. Diane Ravitch, a research professor at New York University, is scheduled to speak this evening as part of URI's honors colloquium on education.

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Education
9:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Regionalized School District

Field and fans at a Mt. Hope High School football game.
Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Bristol, Rhode Island is home to one of the largest consolidated school districts in the state, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District. For today’s installment of our series One Square Mile Bristol, Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, wanted to find out whether regionalizing has been a success.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol; Home to the State's Only Law School

Roger Williams Law School Dean David Logan.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Bristol is home to the only law school in Rhode Island, at Roger Williams University . The law school is celebrating its 20th  anniversary this year. As part of Rhode Island Public Radio’s series One Square Mile looking at Bristol, education reporter Elizabeth Harrison sat down with Law School Dean, David Logan, to ask about some of the challenges the school is facing today.

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The Education Blog
8:57 am
Mon October 7, 2013

This Week in Education

Credit Paul Stein JC

Standardized testing is underway in Rhode Island public schools, where students take the New England Common Assessment Program or NECAP every October. The tests of math and reading are administered to grades 3-8 and 11 between October 1st and the 23rd. This year some 4,000 12th graders are also taking the test and must improve their scores to meet the state’s controversial new test-based graduation requirement.

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The Education Blog
8:25 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Brown Endowment Returns Jump to 12.6 percent

Brown University’s endowment earned investment returns of roughly 12.6 percent in fiscal year 2013, up sharply from just 1 percent in 2012. The University says its total long term investment pool is now worth $2.86 billion.

RI News
9:20 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Lt. Col. Winquist: How RI Police Face Down Mental Illness

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist of the Rhode Island State Police.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Several weeks ago, a  shooter opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C.  It turns out the suspected shooter Aaron Alexis was in Newport prior to the shooting.  During his stay Newport police were called to his hotel room, and he reported hearing voices.  The encounter, combined with others, has spurred debate about whether authorities should have seen red flags and done more.

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The Education Blog
8:14 am
Mon September 30, 2013

STEM Program Gets a Boost from State

Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer famous for discovering the wreckage of the Titanic, speaks at Pilgrim High School in Warwick Monday, where state officials are scheduled to announce a $500,000 grant to expand his JASON Learning program.

JASON is a nonprofit organization that teaches more than two million students every year about science, technology, engineering and math. The grant funding will expand its operation in 16 Rhode Island school districts.

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