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
9:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

RI Sees Decline In Homeless School Children

Bucking a national trend, a new report finds Rhode Island saw a drop in homeless school children in the 2012-2013 school year.

The report from the American Institutes for Research National Center on Family Homelessness found 1,849 homeless children in the 2012-2013 school year. That was down from 1,984 homeless children the prior year.

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Higher Education
11:07 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Brown Responds To Library Protest

Brown University officials said they hope to resolve issues at the Rockefeller Library after a contract dispute erupted into a public protest on Friday.

The union that represents the library's workers staged the protest to draw attention to reductions in union jobs at the library.

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Higher Education
9:06 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Union Protests Brown Library Cuts

Credit Brown University

The union representing workers at Brown University's Rockefeller Library plans to protest outside the library on Friday, saying the university has reduced staff at the library by roughly one third.

The protest is scheduled to coincide with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the library, known at Brown as "the Rock."

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The Education Blog
2:36 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

98 Percent Of Public School Teachers Receive Positive Ratings

In the second year of Rhode Island's new teacher evaluation system, 98 percent of teachers and 99 percent of public school administrators were rated effective or highly effective, the two highest categories.

More than 56 percent of teachers were ranked highly effective, the highest category, up from 47 percent in 2012-2013.

Just 2 percent of teachers were rated in the lower categories of developing or ineffective, meaning they need to make improvements.

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Higher Education.
9:26 am
Thu November 13, 2014

State Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of CCRI

Governor Lincoln Chafee looks on as CCRI President Ray DiPasquale addresses the gathering on in the State Room.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Community College faculty and alumni gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday, as Governor Lincoln Chafee officially declared November 12th "CCRI Day."

CCRI is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. President Ray DiPasquale emphasized the college's efforts to educate Rhode Islanders.

"It's 40,000 students during the course of a year, 64,000 alums, and they all live in Rhode Island, and 1,200 employees," DiPasquale said. "So when you think about all that, it’s truly an economic engine for the state."

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Higher Education
8:32 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Student Debt Edges Higher In Rhode Island

The Project on Student Debt is out with its annual report, and the news is not good for students at Rhode Island's colleges and universities.

According to the report, students graduating from local institutions in 2013 had the fourth highest debt burdens in the country, averaging $31,561. Rhode Island's rank worsened from fifth highest for the class of 2012, when the average for student loans stood at $31,156.

The national average for student debt was $28,400.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Debrief: What's New On HealthSource RI? Plans, Premiums, and More Uncertainty

Healthsource RI reopens for enrollment November.

This Saturday the state’s online health insurance marketplace, Health Source RI, opens for enrollment. It’s the second open enrollment period since HealthSource launched. This year there a couple of changes.

HealthSource faces an uncertain future in Rhode Island as we have a new governor and funding for the exchange runs out at the end of 2015.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Elisabeth Harrison to talk about what’s new on HealthSource this year, and what to make of the uncertainty.

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Higher Education
8:56 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor To Honor Community College System

Governor Lincoln Chafee is slated to declare Wednesday "CCRI Day" in Rhode Island. The declaration comes on the occasion of the community college system's 50th Birthday, which is being celebrated this year.

CCRI President Ray DiPasquale is expected speak during the announcement at the Statehouse. Rhode Island Higher Education Commissioner Jim Purcell and State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Manuso will also be in attendance.

DiPasquale recently announced he would stay at CCRI, but he was a finalist in the search for a new state education commissioner in Louisiana.

The Education Blog
11:20 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Former Central Falls School Official To Lead Elorza Transition Team

The school official who oversaw a state-ordered turnaround at Central Falls High School will be one of the key figures in Democrat Jorge Elorza's transition team, as Elorza prepares to take over as mayor of  Providence in January.

Victor Capellan has been named one of three co-directors for Elorza's team. Capellan served as the "transformation officer" and deputy superintendent for the Central Falls School District during the overhaul of Central Falls High School.

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The Education Blog
9:29 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Children's Museum Opens New Water Exhibit

The Providence Children’s Museum has opened its newly revamped water exhibit. "Water Ways" entertained more than two million visitors prior to the overhaul, according to Museum Director Janice O'Donnell.

“Our water environment is such an enduring favorite – so important for kids’ discovery, and so successful at meeting our play and learning goals – that we knew it could only be replaced with an even better Water Ways,” O'Donnell said, in an official announcement about the re-opening.

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