The Education Blog

The Education Blog is written by Elisabeth Harrison, Education Reporter and Morning Edition Host for Rhode Island Public Radio. Harrison’s work ranges from reporting on institutions like Brown University and the University of Rhode Island to efforts to reform low performing public schools in Central Falls and Providence.

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Since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, parents and teachers across the country are wondering how to make schools safer. In Rhode Island, State Police Captain Derek Borek reviews school safety plans and works with school administrators to improve school security measures. 

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A chemical engineering professor at the University of Rhode Island has created a portable bomb detector. The device is about the size of a toolbox, with a handle on top, and weighs 15 pounds. 

Brown University has suspended members of the university’s men’s swimming and diving team after an investigation disclosed violations of alcohol and hazing policies, the university announced today.

The sanctions emanate from an October, 2017 incident. In addition to alcohol and hazing violations, a comprehensive university investigation the team was  “found responsible for misrepresenting information about the incident to university officials.”

Classical High School, Providence’s by examination secondary school, is holding a 175th birthday party on March 20th.

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The single largest piece of the state budget – roughly $1.4 billion from general revenue – goes to education. 

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A student at Providence's Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex was assaulted on Wednesday morning, after another student allowed intruders to enter the building through a side door, the district said.

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Science, technology and engineering labs, also known as maker spaces, are a growing trend in education. But not every school has one. Then Rhode Island’s Mobile Maker Lab rolls up.

Pulled by a pickup truck, the 28-foot trailer comes outfitted with projects and technology, such as routers and 3-D printers. 

The IYRS School of Technology and Trades in Newport helped develop the lab.  

"It needs to be flexible and nimble, just like the technology itself," Terry Nathan, IYRS president, told RIPR. "It’s all about being able to conceive a design and then build something."

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Update 12/20: Providence's City Plan Commission delayed a vote expected Tuesday, setting the next hearing for January 16 .

There’s a dispute brewing between Brown University and historic preservationists over the plan for Brown’s new performing arts center.  

Brown hired a prominent New York firm to design its new performing arts center and has now settled on a site near the center of campus. But preservationists say there’s a problem: five Victorian-era buildings will have be moved or torn down, under the university's current plan.

Brown Reports Four Students Contracted Mumps

Dec 5, 2017
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Four Brown University students have contracted the mumps, the latest in a series of outbreaks on college campuses across the country.

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The Community College of Rhode Island has been in talks with India-based tech company Infosys for months about a training partnership. The talks were part of the negotiation that brought a new Infosys design hub to Providence.

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A few dozen graduate students at Brown University participated in a nationwide walkout Wednesday to protest the Republican tax plan making its way through Congress. The House version of the bill would add income taxes to graduate school tuition when it is covered by colleges and universities.

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On Tuesday, lawyers representing the families of several victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting will ask Connecticut’s Supreme Court for a chance to sue Remington, the company that makes the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting. A lower court judge had ruled that a federal law protects the gun manufacturer from being sued. 

The families’ lawyers argue that this case falls under an exception in that law. It’s called negligent entrustment. That’s if a gun manufacturer foresaw that an injury could happen with its product, then the manufacturer could be liable.

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In New England, the "triple decker" is a three-story apartment building, usually of wood-frame construction, with each floor consisting of one apartment. 

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Across the country, and in New England, elementary schools are revamping recess with a focus on organized games and teamwork, instead of free play.

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