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
9:19 am
Wed May 28, 2014

House Approves Rollback of Teacher Evaluations

In a 68-3 vote, the Rhode Island House has approved a bill easing teacher evaluations for the vast majority of public school teachers.

The bill calls for teachers who earn effective or highly effective ratings to be evaluated just once every three to four years, instead of the current policy of annual reviews.

If the bill becomes law, new teachers and teachers with low evaluation ratings would still be evaluated on an annual basis.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Providence Introduces New Waivers from Testing Requirement

Providence is granting a reprieve to some 200 high school seniors, who risk not graduating under a new state policy linking test scores to a high school diploma.

The rule, in effect for the first time this year, calls for students to score partially proficient or better on the NECAP test or improve significantly on a retake. Students can also use alternative tests or acceptance at a competitive college to earn their diploma.

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Higher Education
9:09 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Brown Corporation Discusses Controversy over Sexual Assault

Officials at Brown University say they expect a full report on the school’s sexual assault policy to be complete by the end of the fall semester. The Brown Corporation discussed the issue at its quarterly meeting on Friday, just before Brown’s commencement ceremonies got underway.

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The Education Blog
8:38 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Pawtucket Places Teacher on Leave after Porn Arrest

Pawtucket school officials are assuring parents their children are safe after a high school teacher was arrested on child pornography charges.

State Police say they arrested George Grimes of Warwick for allegedly putting pornographic photos in a shared online storage account. Grimes is an English Teacher at Shea High School.

Pawtucket school officials say Grimes has been placed on administrative leave until the charges are resolved, and they can determine whether internal disciplinary action is necessary.

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The Education Blog
12:18 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Pawtucket Teacher Arrested for Child Pornography

State police have arrested an English teacher from Shea High School for allegedly possessing child pornography.

George Grimes is accused of uploading pornographic images of children to a shared, online storage account.

According to a statement from state police, the arrest follows an investigation and search of Grimes' Warwick residence.

The investigation was prompted by a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Education Blog
9:01 am
Thu May 22, 2014

House Committee Approves Change in Teacher Evaluations

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare has approved a bill that would do away with annual teacher evaluations for the vast majority of public school teachers in the state.

The bill calls for evaluations just once every three to four years for teachers rated as effective or highly effective, categories that cover some 95 percent of teachers. 

If the bill passes the full House and Senate, new teachers and poorly rated teachers would still receive annual evaluations.

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The Education Blog
8:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

State to Hold Public Hearings on Latest Round of Charter School Applications

The Rhode Island Department of Education has scheduled a round of hearings on six new charter schools proposed for the state.

The hearings are intended to gather public input on the proposals, which include two new mayoral academies in Woonsocket and Warwick.

Mayoral academies serve students from multiple districts, which usually include a mixture of urban low-income and suburban communities. They pride themselves on challenging academic programs and promoting college prep even for the youngest students.

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Higher Education
9:39 am
Tue May 20, 2014

State College President Salaries: The Latest Numbers

University of Rhode Island President David Dooley ranks 158th in the country when it comes to his compensation package, according to a new survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The last time the survey was published, Dooley ranked 134th in the country.

Dooley made $368,800 in 2013, according to the report, which looked at president's pay at 227 public universities around the country.

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The Education Blog
8:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

School Employee Resigns After Degree Questioned

Providence school officials are reviewing the credentials of all non-union, non-certified personnel, after an employee was found to hold a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited online university.

Nancy Stevenin was working with students from the Birch School, which was being shut down after a federal investigation revealed it was funneling developmentally disabled students into segregated, low paying workshops to do menial labor. Stevenin was helping transition students out of the program.

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Paying For It
8:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

After Graduation, Navigating The World Of Student Loans

Students walk through Bryant University's campus in the warm weather. Bryant University students average the highest student debt in Rhode Island.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

In the final installment of our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, education reporter Elisabeth Harrison visits the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority to speak with Executive Director Charlie Kelley. She asked him to walk through the payment system for a student who has borrowed $31,000, about the average for recent graduates in Rhode Island.

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