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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Higher Education
2:34 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Brown Task Force Releases Interim Report on Sexual Assault

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Sexual violence is a problem at Brown University, and university officials should take immediate action to improve the process for responding to sexual assault, according to an interim report from Brown’s Task Force on Sexual Assault.

The report includes more than two dozen recommendations, including the adoption of trained fact-finders to investigate reports of sexual violence.

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5:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

RI Sees Drop in 8th Grade Science Scores

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New test results show just 23 percent of Rhode Island 8th graders scored proficient or better in science,  a decline of seven percentage points from last year.

Some individual schools and districts also saw steep declines in their scores.

Education officials held off on releasing the results of the NECAP Science test while experts conducted an independent review of the test and the scoring. 

But in the end, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said they found no evidence this year's test was more difficult than last year.

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2:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Commerce Secretary Pick Stefan Pryor’s Record in CT

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo announced her plan Tuesday to nominate Stefan Pryor for Rhode Island’s newly created Secretary of Commerce post.

The outgoing Education Commissioner in Connecticut, Pryor chose not to seek a second term, a move observers saw as evidence that he had become a liability for Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. Malloy faced a closely-watched battle for re-election in November.

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Higher Education
12:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Brown Reaches Tentative Agreement With Library Workers

Brown University has reached a tentative deal with workers at the Rockefeller Library. Union officials say the contract agreement includes a commitment to discuss job vacancies at the library.

Union members staged a protest in November, saying Brown had reduced union workers at the library by roughly one-third, leaving some departments short-handed.

The union has scheduled a vote on the tentative contract on Monday afternoon.

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The Education Blog
12:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Providence To Showcase High Schools And Middle Schools With School Fair

Providence families get a chance on Saturday to look at the options for public high school and middle school. The district has organized a school fair at Juanita Sanchez High School.

Providence allows students and parents to choose between their neighborhood school or another school in the district, but officials say many families are unaware of all of the options, especially in high school.

To give a better sense of the different schools and programs available, district officials are inviting families to meet with teachers and principals at the event on Saturday.

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9:27 am
Wed December 10, 2014

College Savings Start At Birth

Starting on January 1st, parents in Rhode Island will have the option to sign up for a $100 grant for college tuition while they are still in the hospital with a newborn baby.

The change to the CollegeBoundbaby program, announced by Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo, will add the grants to the same forms parents fill out to get a birth certificate. State officials say they hope it will encourage more families to start college savings accounts when their children are young.

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The Education Blog
1:43 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Raimondo To Announce Universal College Savings Plan

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo will unveil details Wednesday of a plan to start college savings for every baby born in Rhode Island.

Under the initiative, the state’s CollegeBoundfund will offer to put aside $100 dollars for every newborn baby. Parents can choose whether to add additional funds over time.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of families with college savings plans, encourage more families to start saving early and make it easier to enroll in the CollegeBoundbaby program.

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Education
4:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

URI To Hire 55 New Faculty Members To Improve Teaching, Research

URI is adding 55 new faculty to accommodate its growing class sizes.
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The University of Rhode Island is embarking on an ambitious plan to hire 55 new faculty members over the next four years to support the university’s core missions of teaching,  research and engagement.

URI President David Dooley said URI will invest about $5.3 million to establish these new positions. Money to support this investment in teaching and research will come from within the university’s operating budget.

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11:53 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Chemistry Center Takes Shape At URI

Construction on URI's new Center for Chemistry and Forensic Sciences began in May.
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Workers have completed the steel structure and concrete flooring for the new Center for Chemistry and Forensic Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.

URI says crews are now beginning to place bricks on the exterior of the five-story structure, slated for completion in spring of 2016.

The $68 million center was funded largely with a bond issue. When complete, it will provide 135,000 square feet of laboratories, classrooms and offices, nearly doubling the amount of space for chemistry research at URI. 

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10:44 am
Thu December 4, 2014

RIC President Attends DC Summit On College Access

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo joins school officials from around the country for a Washington D.C. summit on college costs.
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Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo is among more than a hundred college presidents at the White House Thursday for President Barack Obama's Summit on College Opportunity.

Carriuolo will be joined by Providence Public Schools Superintendent Susan Lusi.

Providence is one of more than 50 cities that have joined an effort to increase the number of residents with college or other post-secondary degrees.

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