This Week in Education

Oct 7, 2013

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Standardized testing is underway in Rhode Island public schools, where students take the New England Common Assessment Program or NECAP every October. The tests of math and reading are administered to grades 3-8 and 11 between October 1st and the 23rd. This year some 4,000 12th graders are also taking the test and must improve their scores to meet the state’s controversial new test-based graduation requirement.

Arming campus police is the focus of a series of public forums beginning this week at the University of Rhode Island. A new state policy allows each public university to makes its own decision about guns for campus police officers. The change followed reports in April of a gunman at URI. The reports turned out to be false, but they highlighted the limitations for campus police who do not carry guns. Critics of arming campus police include the URI Faculty Union, whose leaders say more guns will not make a university campus safer.

There appears to be a move to rescind state approval for an expansion of the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy Charter School. The Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the issue at a meeting Monday night. Board member Colleen Callahan and Larry Purtill, who are both teacher’s union leaders, along with two other board members have asked the board to rescind its vote renewing the Blackstone Valley Prep charter.

Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott speaks at Salve Regina University on Wednesday about her experience. Abbott, who lost part of her left leg in the explosions, was waiting to get into a popular eatery when the bombs went off. Former Patriots player Matt Chatham and his wife carried Abbott to safety. They were at the restaurant attending a fundraiser.