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
9:06 am
Fri February 22, 2013

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

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Gist on NECAP results

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The Education Blog
9:45 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Higher Ed Fundraising by the Numbers

Brown University once again led the pack in Rhode Island in fundraising last year, bringing in a little more than $178 million. The University of Rhode Island was a distant second at $12.7 million, a drop of $6 million compared with 2011.

Donations were also down at Rhode Island College, which raised $1.36 million, and at the Rhode Island School of Design, which still came in second overall. RISD raised a total of nearly $6.8 million.

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Education
9:21 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Class notes: education and the state of the union

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Obama on preschool funding, career/technical education

President Barack Obama called for publicly funded preschool programs during his State of the Union address this week, saying early childhood education would help more children succeed in school. He also suggested that more high schools should offer technical degrees or certificates so that students can go immediately into the workplace when they graduate.

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Education
11:08 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Brown hikes tuition by 4 percent

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Brown University will increase tuition and fees by four percent for the upcoming school year, for a grand total of $57,232.

The university plans to offset the cost hike with a 5.6 percent increase in financial aid, the fastest growing part of its budget.

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Education
8:28 am
Thu February 14, 2013

School delays persist after snowstorm

Several Rhode Island school districts are still delaying the start of school, several days after a major snowstorm hit the state.

Most of the delays are in the South County, with Jamestown, North Kingstown, Narragansett, Westerly and South Kingstown all reporting a one-hour delay in the start of the school day.

Chariho and Tiverton also started school later than usual this morning. Some districts have also canceled Kindergarten and early childhood programs.

Education
7:19 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises RI's progress

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison about the progress the Ocean State is making in education.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Education
10:50 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Panel tonight: educating workers for the 21st century

Stop by the Providence Athenaeum at 6 p.m. tonight! We'll be discussing how schools are changing to prepare students for 21st Century jobs.

I'm looking forward to a spirited conversation about what skills students will need as technology quickly transforms the world around us. We'll explore the value of a liberal arts degree, changes to curriculum in K-12 schools and what employers are seeking and finding in Rhode Island graduates. Join us!

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Education
3:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Education secretary cancels trip to RI

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will have to forgo his trip to Rhode Island, no thanks to the weather.  Duncan was scheduled to attend a town hall-style meeting tonight on school safety and to headline a Tuesday morning event at the Rhode Island Convention Center. His office says the secretary's flight to Rhode Island was canceled.

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Education
12:13 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Why test scores matter

The latest round of test scores come out today for students in Rhode Island public schools. The annual exam known as the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, covers reading, writing and math.  The results are closely watched by education advocates and policy-makers. One of them is Elizabeth Burke-Bryant from Rhode Island Kids Count.

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Education
9:36 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Education reporter leaving Projo

The Providence Journal is losing its excellent education reporter, Jennifer Jordan, who's leaving for a job at an education and economic mobility advocacy group.

Jordan writes in an email to friends and colleagues that she will be a senior writer at Opportunity Nation, a Boston-based coalition of non-profits. The organization's website describes its focus as expanding opportunities for residents of low-income neighborhoods, and fighting the "zip code is destiny" mentality.

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