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
9:17 am
Tue April 2, 2013

PC Professor Blogs Son’s Encounter with Pope Francis

Providence College Professor Paul Gondreau says he was “moved to tears” as he watched his disabled son hugging the newly inaugurated Pope Francis. The encounter, following an Easter Mass, was recorded by photographers and later picked up by CNN and other news outlets.

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The Education Blog
8:54 am
Mon April 1, 2013

New Study Highlights Increase in A.D.H.D Diagnoses

New data from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly one out of every five high school boys has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The data also show an  overall 11 percent of American schoolchildren have received a diagnosis for the condition, which is characterized by difficulty paying attention and controlling impulsive behavior.

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Politics
9:06 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Chafee Champions Raises for Cabinet, Not Professors

Governor Lincoln Chafee is requesting a 6 percent wage hike for members of his cabinet after shooting down a proposal to raise salaries for state university and college professors. According to The Providence Journal, the governor’s plan would provide a 3 percent increase to 14 state employees in June, followed by another 3 percent increase in December.

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The Education Blog
12:40 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Testing Expert Responds to NECAP Controversy

Freelance policy analyst and liberal blogger Tom Sgouros is one of a number of critics raising questions about Rhode Island's use of the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, as a graduation requirement. Specifically, Sgouros has argued that by its very nature, NECAP was designed to magnify differences in student achievement, thereby ensuring that a certain number of students will score poorly every year.

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The Education Blog
8:58 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Should Students Serve on RI Board of Education?

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare will consider adding two students to the State Board of Education at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

The bill, sponsored by Providence Democrat Edith Ajello, proposes two additional seats on the board, one for a college student and one for a high school student. Both positions would be non-voting, but the students would have their opinions recorded in official minutes from any meeting.

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Higher Education
8:16 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Search Continues for Missing Brown Student

The FBI has joined the search for a missing Brown University student, who disappeared from his Providence apartment earlier this month. Sunil Tripathi was last seen on March 16th. His sister, Sangeeta Tripathi, says the 22-year-old philosophy student had taken a leave of absence from Brown, but his disappearance came as a shock to friends and family.

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Higher Education
11:46 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Acclaimed Author, Brown Prof. Dead at 82

Chinua Achebe, the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana studies
Credit Mike Cohea/ Brown University

Chinua Achebe, author of the classic novel "Things Fall Apart," has died at the age of 82. The Nigerian-born Achebe was a professor in Brown's Africana Studies Department.

UPDATE:

Brown University officials have released a statement, excerpted below:

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The Education Blog
9:08 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Class Notes: A Quick Look at the Stories that Made News this Week in Education

Credit PaulSteinJC

Sparks Fly over High Stakes Testing

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The Education Blog
10:41 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Father-Daughter Dances at the Senate

The Senate Education Committee will hear testimony today about whether schools should be allowed hold father-daughter dances.

The hearing comes after controversy in Cranston over a single mother who said her daughter was denied access to a dance. She wrote to the district charging the policy violates anti-discrimination laws. Cranston school officials responded by banning father-daughter dances, prompting community outcry.

The Education Blog
9:52 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Schools Cutting Music Programs? Juilliard Offers a Solution

One of the nation’s most selective conservatories for the performing arts is now offering online classes for elementary and secondary students. The initiative, dubbed “Juilliard eLearning,” includes hands-on music instruction and demonstrations from Juilliard faculty and students.

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