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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10:31 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Board Of Ed Set To Vote On Tuition Increases At RI's Public Colleges

The full Board of Education votes Monday on tuition increases for students at the university of Rhode Island, Rhode Island college and the state's community college system.  State higher education officials call it a modest increase.  They say it is necessary after two years with no increases at URI, and three years with no increase at CCRI.  

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8:56 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Chariho School System Expands Foreign Language Program

Students in Chariho Public Schools can now take foreign language starting in Kindergarten.  It’s part of an effort to improve foreign language instruction.

Since September, Chariho has added Spanish to every classroom from Kindergarten to sixth grade. The district was looking for a better way to teach foreign language.

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8:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Providence Students Earn College Credit In New Biotechnology Program

Lose Pierre, an 18-year-old Providence student, shows the tool she used for an experiment in the biotechnology lab at the Juanita Sanchez School.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Students at the Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence can earn college credit for a biotechnology course.  It’s part of a special partnership with the University of Rhode Island

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3:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Artscape: Rock-a-Baby Brings Live Music To Infants And Toddlers

Singer Kate Jones shows children how to play a tone drum at a Rock-a-Baby class in Providence
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

It’s Thanksgiving, and for many families, that means time to jump in the car and visit with relatives. If your drive is a long one, you might put on some music to entertain the kids along the way. Almost all children naturally love music.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison visited a music class for tiny babies and toddlers, with a little something for adults too.

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9:46 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Providence Schools Encourage Discussion About Ferguson

Providence school officials say they provided extra counseling Tuesday, the day after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

District leaders said the decision was likely to bring up a range of emotions for both students and teachers. Urging respect, they said they encouraged schools and teachers to engage students in thoughtful discussions.

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Higher Education
9:13 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Brown Students Win Rhodes Scholarships

The 2015 class of Rhodes Scholars includes two seniors from Brown University and a recent Brown graduate.

David Adler, who received his diploma in May, plans to study comparative government at Oxford. He’s been doing a Fulbright in Mexico.

Brown Senior Kate Nussembaum studies memory and attention and the way social factors can distort learning ability. She plans to pursue research in Experimental Psychology at Oxford.

Higher Education
9:12 am
Fri November 21, 2014

URI Receives Largest Grant To Date

The University of Rhode Island has announced a $24 million grant to help rebuild fisheries in Ghana. The grant for the Coastal Resources Center at the School of Oceanography is the largest in URI's history.

The money will fund a project in collaboration with USAID's Feed the Future initiative, attempting to curb over-fishing in Ghana. The project aims to help Ghana develop new fishing regulations and a management plan to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks.

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Education
9:47 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Rhode Island's State Colleges Could See Tuition Increases Next Year

Green Hall at the University of Rhode Island, which could see a nearly 3 percent tuition increase next year.
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Students at Rhode Island public colleges and universities could see tuition increases next year. 

The Board of Education’s Council on Higher Education has approved a budget with a nearly 3 percent increase at the University of Rhode Island and roughly 8 percent increases at Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island. 

Higher Education commissioner Jim Purcell said the increases come as state colleges have seen a 23 percent reduction in state funding over the last 5 years. 

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9:33 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Providence Names Principals To Lead New High Schools

Providence has selected the principals who will oversee the design of two brand new high schools developed under a $3 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation.

The schools will serve a small number of students inside Hope High School and Mount Pleasant High School, which have room for additional students, according to district officials.

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9:07 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Central Falls Biology Teacher Honored

Central Falls High School biology teacher David Upegui has been awarded the Evolution Education Award from the National Association of Biology teachers. Upegui got an unexpected visit Tuesday from Governor Lincoln to congratulate him on winning the award.

The Rhode Island Department of Education says the award recognizes innovative teaching in biology. RIDE officials credit Upegui for initiating a new curriculum that makes evolution the first course in Life Sciences.

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