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
8:58 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Brown: Effort Underway To Find Out Who Gave GHB To Student

Brown University says it is investigating potential criminal activity after a student tested positive for the date rape drug known as GHB.

Brown notified students on Saturday about the positive test result, saying testing for a second student is still pending.

The two students allege they were served drinks spiked with some kind of drug at a fraternity party in October. One of the students also reported she was sexually assaulted. Brown has suspended the fraternity.

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8:27 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Providence Afterschool Program To Receive National Award

City Arts is being honored among other national arts organizations by the White House.
Credit City Arts

Providence CityArts is one of just 12 organizations around the country to win the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The group has been invited to the White House to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday.

City Arts provides afterschool art classes for students between the ages of 8 and 14. Some examples of their recent course offerings include pottery studios, dance classes, drumming workshops and street art classes involving the use of computer graphics.

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Higher Education
1:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Orly Genger Sculpture Goes Up At Brown

Stacks and stacks of rope went into Orly Genger's site specific installation at Brown.
Credit Brown University

Brown Alumna Orly Genger makes sculpture out of rope. Hundreds and hundreds of feet of it.

A new installation at Brown University will be more than 250-feet long when it is complete. The piece, titled "You," is made out of recycled lobster rope, Genger's medium of choice.

Brown has a live webcam trained on the installation in progress.

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The Education Blog
8:36 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Liberian RIC Student Presses On Despite Ebola Outbreak

Charline Early was born in Liberia and is pursuing a Master's degree in social work at Rhode Island College.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island is home to one of the nation’s largest Liberian populations, and many Liberian immigrants are students in the state's public schools and universities.

As the Ebola epidemic rages on in her home country, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Rhode Island College student Charline Early to find out how it has changed life for her and her family.

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The Education Blog
8:25 am
Mon November 3, 2014

RIPR Exclusive: Cumberland Parent Sues To Block Fees For Summer School

A parent in Cumberland filed has filed a lawsuit against the Cumberland School District and the State Board of Education, challenging the practice of charging tuition for summer school.

In a complaint filed last week, parent Susan Giannini alleges the fees are unfair to students with learning disabilities and low income families. Her attorneys argue they fly in the face of longstanding state policy that prohibits public schools from charging fees for other programs, like afterschool sports and AP classes.

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Higher Education
9:04 am
Fri October 31, 2014

RIC Prepares For President Obama

After cancelling a trip several weeks ago, Rhode Island College will finally get a visit from President Barack Obama. The president is expected to discuss women in the workplace and the economy.

He is likely to tout new data showing an increase in Gross Domestic Product, which is seen by many analysts as an encouraging sign of growth in the U.S.

RIC officials say classes will go forward as scheduled, although some locations had to be changed to accommodate security for the president.

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Higher Education
9:08 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Brown Notifies Students Of Another Alleged Sexual Assault

Brown University has sent out a notice to students about another alleged sexual assault on campus. Brown's student newspaper, the Brown Daily Herald reported an email went out to students last week describing an alleged sexual assault involving a fraternity.

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The Education Blog
11:12 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Cianci: Providence Students Must Be Better Served

Independent candidate Buddy Cianci rolled out his plans for Providence's public schools this week
Credit File

Independent mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci released his plan for Providence Public Schools this week.

Noting that Providence students score well below average on standardized state tests, the former mayor, and twice convicted felon, focused on the need to provide quality education to all of the city’s children.

If voters re-elect him, Cianci said he would  give principals more autonomy, echoing a move already afoot in the district towards a policy known as “site-based management.” He proposed giving each school a

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Higher Education
8:41 am
Thu October 23, 2014

RIPR Exclusive: Brown Restricts Travel In Response To Ebola Outbreak

Citing safety concerns, Brown University has restricted university-sponsored travel to countries in the grips of the Ebola outbreak. The university strongly urged professors and students to avoid personal travel as well, to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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Politics
5:11 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Education In The Governor's Race

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

As the days tick down before the November election, we’re looking at the major issues and the candidates in Rhode Island’s race for governor. Today in our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison delves into the front runners' positions on education, from expanding charter schools to preparing graduates for the workforce needs of the 21st Century.

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