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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Education
9:04 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Meeting the Challenge of Standardized Testing

Students in an English Class at Attleboro High School.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

As Rhode Island grapples with high school diplomas tied to test scores,  Massachusetts students have faced a similar requirement for a decade. Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison visited Attleboro High School to find out how high-stakes testing has changed what’s being taught.

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The Education Blog
9:29 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Board of Ed Tackles Guns, Gist and Science

There’s a meaty agenda on tap this week at the State Board of Education. The group is scheduled to vote Thursday on a controversial proposal to allow police to carry guns on state college campuses. The board is also scheduled to vote on adopting new science standards and consider a contract extension for Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.

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The Education Blog
9:13 am
Tue May 21, 2013

A Shorter School Year for RI?

Legislation up for a vote Tuesday in the State Senate would allow school districts to shorten the school year, if they make the school day longer.

The bill says districts should be able to scrap the current requirement of 180 days as long as they have the equivalent number of hours. Assuming the school day lasts six hours, that works out to 1,080 hours.

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The Education Blog
8:24 am
Tue May 21, 2013

School Safety Bills Head to Senate Vote

The full State Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on several bills filed in the aftermath of deadly shootings at Connecticut’s Sandyhook Elementary School.

The bills would require schools to craft safety procedures in conjunction with local law enforcement and have their plans reviewed annually by the state.

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The Education Blog
9:23 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Teachers to Sound Off on Education Policy

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.

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.

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The Education Blog
9:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

As RI Rolls Out Common Core, Are New Science Standards Next?

Rhode Island is one of 26 states that have promised to consider new science guidelines known as the Next Generation Science Standards. The standards were developed by the same organization that created the Common Core, a group of national standards many states including Rhode Island are now adopting for Math and English.

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The Education Blog
9:50 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Business Supports Gist

Business leaders are coming out in support of Deborah Gist, the state’s controversial education commissioner. The Providence Journal reports that two dozen business organizations have asked the State Board of Education to renew Gist’s contract, which is currently under review.

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Higher Education
8:52 am
Wed May 15, 2013

House Committee Delays Gun Vote

A key house committee has put off voting on a bill that would allow campus police to carry guns at state universities, saying lawmakers need more time to gather information.

Rhode Island is currently the only state that prohibits guns on state college police forces, although some individual schools have decided against the practice. Proponents of the bill to arm campus police say it will speed response times in an emergency, a concern that was underscored during a gun scare at the University of Rhode Island last month.

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Higher Education
9:02 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Executive Pay at Public Universities: How RI Measures Up

The Chronicle of Higher Education finds University of Rhode Island President David Dooley is 134th in the country when it comes to his compensation package.

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The Education Blog
9:06 am
Fri May 10, 2013

'Playful Providence' Encourages Kids to Get Outside and Play

Providence kicks off a 5-month celebration of children’s play Saturday with a pop up play day at India Point Park. The Providence Children’s Museum will be on hand with all kinds of different material, so kids can build forts, play games and get creative. Museum Director Janice O’Donnell says this type of free playtime is important for cognitive and social development.

"We know that children need to play, and we know that children’s time and space for free, self-directed kid-powered play has been declining, and it is certainly a goal of the children’s museum to bring back play."

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