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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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ed Board to Review Tuition Waivers

Attorney Eva-Marie Mancuso, chair of the new State Board of Education.
Credit Lydia Rogers

As one of its first actions, the brand new State Board of Education will take up tuition waivers granted to employees at state colleges and universities.

Board Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso says she will appoint and chair a commission to consider changing to the policy, which provides free tuition to state college employees, their spouses and their children.

“I’m not going to prejudge it, I think we have to study the issue,” Mancuso says, but she adds her personal opinion is that the policy needs to change.

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Higher Education
9:02 am
Fri March 8, 2013

RISD’s Largest-Ever International Gift

Credit Creative Commons

The Rhode Island School of Design has received $1 million from the parents of an alumna to fund visiting scholars in the painting department. The gift from Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar of Bangalore is the largest bequest from an international donor in RISD’s history.

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The Education Blog
8:57 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Schools Hold Classes Despite Snow

Public schools in Rhode Island planned to operate under normal schedules today in spite of the winter weather.

Charter Schools
10:02 am
Wed March 6, 2013

CF Charter Schools Get Cash Infusion

Charter Schools in Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland will have $10 million to make building improvements, thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation is providing the money in the form of low or no-interest loans, to increase the number of charter schools seats available for Central Falls students.

Higher Education
8:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Senate Approves New Education Board Members

The State Senate has given final approval to all 11 members of a new State Board of Education, which plans to hold its first meeting on Monday.

According to RIPR Political Reporter Ian Donnis, the closest vote was for Board Chair Eva Marie Mancuso, who cleared the chamber on a 26 to 10 margin.

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Charter Schools
8:26 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Charter School Applications Rise 20 Percent

The number of Rhode Island Families hoping to get their children into Charter Schools continues to increase, according to the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools. The group is reporting a 20 percent jump in applications for 2013 for a total of 7,900 applications, up from 6,500 applications in 2012.

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The Education Blog
8:27 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Full Senate to Vote on Education Nominees

Rhode Island may finally have a confirmed Board of Education following a vote Tuesday at the State House. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the seven remaining appointees for the board, which will oversee public schools, colleges and universities.

The nominees include proposed board chair, Eva Marie Mancuso and former Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members Patrick Guida and Karin Forbes. Four other members of the 11-person board have already received Senate approval.

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The Education Blog
9:22 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Class Notes: A Quick Look at the Week’s top Education Stories

Sequestration deadline arrives in D.C.

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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Thu February 28, 2013

From the What Not to Do Department...

An admissions officer at Penn has encountered the power of the internet, as well as the perils of social media. Nadirah Farah Foley was fired for posting excerpts from college applications and mocking them on her personal Facebook page.

Here's the full story from The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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The Education Blog
12:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Education on Tap at the General Assembly

The House Labor Committee holds a hearing today on repealing what’s known as the Caruolo Act. The law, now infamous in Rhode Island education circles, allows school committees to sue their city or town for more funding.

There have been several attempts to do away with the Caruolo Act, but so far none have succeeded. Critics say it is nonsensical for an arm of local government to essentially sue itself, and local officials complain the lawsuits rack up expensive legal bills and sour relations between city and school leaders.

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