Two-Day Board of Education Retreat Continues At Rhode Island College

Aug 26, 2013

The state Board of Education returns to Rhode Island College Monday for the second day of a two-day retreat.  The meeting is aimed at educating board members about key topics that will be surfacing over the coming months. Initially they didn’t want to hold it in public.

The Board of Education retreat held at Rhode Island College.
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The state Board of Education wanted to hold the retreat behind closed doors but a judge put the brakes on that idea saying it would violate the state’s open meetings law. So yesterday it was held in full open view at Rhode Island College’s Student Union.   Board chair Eva Marie Mancuso said it really made no difference if it was held in private or in public.

"Oh, nothing’s really changed other than we had to change the place. It’s fine," said Mancuso.  "It was always meant to be something that the public could sit in on if they needed to but I wanted to make it very clear that we would not have drama or staging."

Students protest at the Board of Education retreat.
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The board heard from several experts on the wisdom of using a standardized test as a high school graduation requirement. Currently, four thousand Rhode Island seniors are on track not to graduate if they don’t improve their NECAP test scores. '

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