Board of Governors for Higher Education

Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss education, the economy, and a host of other issues related to the race for City Hall.

Elisabeth Harrison

I had a chance to sit down with Diane Ravitch this week prior to her talk at the University of Rhode Island. She told me she thinks Rhode Island should give up the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) as a graduation requirement and halt plans to add test scores to teacher evaluations.

Ravitch also weighed in on charter schools, saying she believes they can play a helpful role in some circumstances. Here's the full interview.

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 Senate Education Committee yesterday approved the last seven nominees for a new state board overseeing K through 12 and higher education.