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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Guns
10:58 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Task Force: Send Limited Mental Health Records To Gun Database

A state task force is calling for a change in Rhode Island law, saying the state should contribute mental health records to a national background check database called NICS. The firearms safety task force says Rhode Island should provide records only in limited cases in which a person is involuntarily committed by the courts and poses a significant risk of violence.

Records would not be submitted for people determined to pose only a low risk of violence. And the task force says the state should avoid providing any specific information about a patient's diagnosis.

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Education
10:29 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Explaining The Common Core Education Standards

2013 Common Core worksheet used in a Barrington elementary school.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island lawmakers are slated to consider a bill Wednesday that takes on one of the  most contentious issues in public education. The bill calls for a commission to study the Common Core Standards, a new set of national standards for K-12 classrooms.

Rhode Island teachers are already using the standards, and they will soon give students a new standardized test to go with them, but a growing number of critics charge the standards are stressing students out.

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The Education Blog
8:42 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Hearing Slated for Opponents of Common Core

State lawmakers are scheduled to consider a bill that could have major consequences for classrooms across the state.

The bill, sponsored by East Providence Representative Gregg Amore, would halt the adoption of new standardized testing, known as PARCC, which is linked to the Common Core, a new set of national standards for public schools. The bill is scheduled for a committee hearing on Wednesday.

Rhode Island has begun adopting the standards, although opponents charge they are untested and require further study.

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Political Roundtable
9:46 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Political Roundtable: Taveras On The Pension Settlement, The Governor's Race And More

Providence Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Angel Taveras joins the Political Roundtable this week to talk the Governor's race, the pension reform settlement, and income equality in the Ocean State.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Wed February 19, 2014

PPSD Wins $3 Million to Give Students “Life Skills”

Providence Public Schools have won a $3 million federal grant to help families better prepare students for school.

The grant, part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation, or i-3, Fund, will be used to boost the district's efforts to involve more parents in their children’s life at school.

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The Education Blog
9:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NECAP: How RI Measures Up

Rhode Island elementary students are still well behind their peers in New Hampshire when it comes to Mathematics.

The latest score report from the New England Common Assessment Program shows 59 percent of Rhode Island’s 3rd-8th graders were proficient in Math, compared to 70 percent in New Hampshire.

60 percent of Maine students scored proficient in Math and 62 percent in Vermont.

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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Thu February 13, 2014

More NECAP Scores to be Released

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is releasing additional results from the standardized test known as NECAP. The report will include school-level data for all Rhode Island public schools, and comparisons to other New England states using NECAP.

At the end of February, the Rhode Island Department of Education released an abridged summary of NECAP results, revealing scores for seniors facing a new test-linked graduation requirement. The early release was intended to give schools and students time to prepare if they did not do well enough to earn a diploma.

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The Education Blog
9:20 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Bussing Becomes an Issue in Providence Mayoral Race

Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza has zeroed in on bussing as he seeks to succeed Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

Elorza, a professor at Roger Williams Law School, issued a statement yesterday saying Providence’s bussing policy forces many children to walk more than a mile to school each morning.

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The Education Blog
8:58 am
Tue February 11, 2014

RI Lags on AP Testing

More Rhode Island students are taking Advanced Placement tests, but they are not passing at the same rates as their peers around the country.

The College Board has just released its annual report on AP testing. The study shows that nearly 2,500 members of Rhode Island’s class of 2013 took an AP exam, up from roughly 1,000 in 2003. The number represents more than a quarter of all high school graduates.

But as the number of test takers has increased, the percentage of students passing the exams has fallen.

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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Leadership Changes at Providence Teachers Union

Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith is stepping down after about a decade at the helm of the union in the state's largest school district.

Smith tells Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay he is retiring after more than 30 years in the Providence Public Schools.

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