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.



The Education Blog
8:27 am
Tue February 3, 2015

PC Student 'Improving' With Treatment For Meningitis

Providence College
Credit Providence College

A Providence College student is receiving treatment at a Boston-area hospital after being diagnosed with meningitis.

Providence College officials say they have been working with the state health department since the diagnosis. Several students who might have been exposed to the infection have been given antibiotics as a precaution.

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The Education Blog
12:19 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Gist Becomes Lone Contender For Tulsa Job

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Looks like Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is headed back to her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tulsa World reports today that the other candidate in the search for a new superintendent of schools has dropped out of contention.

The Tulsa School Board is expected to take an official vote on Monday.

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The Education Blog
12:20 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Graduation Rates Inch Up In Rhode Island

81 percent of the class of 2014 earned a diploma within four years, according to the latest numbers from the Rhode Island Department of Education. The state's high school graduation rate ticked up one percentage point from 2013, and was up four percentage points from 2011.

Dropout rates dropped by one percentage point to 8 percent.

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The Education Blog
11:33 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Moses Brown Head Of School Cancels Class In Style

Here's how Moses Brown head Matt Glendinning announces a snow day:

Step one: put on striped beanie and matching gloves;

Step two: add a jaunty scarf;

Step three: sing it, baby, sing it!

Kudos to Glendinning for a great sense of humor and the most original snow day announcement I've ever seen.

The Education Blog
9:54 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Fox Commentator Facing International Criticism Is Brown Alum

Steve Emerson, a self-styled terrorism expert, who has drawn fire for comments about "no-go zones" in France and other European countries following the attacks in Paris, graduated from Brown University.

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