Deborah Gist

The Education Blog
11:17 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Controversy Follows Gist to the Statehouse

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist urged lawmakers to pass a series of bills aimed at improving school safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting during her State of Education speech on Tuesday. She also urged passage of the governor’s budget which increases funding for public schools, colleges and universities.

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Education
8:46 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Contract Extension Likely For Ed. Commissioner Gist

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist would like to stay in Rhode Island, according to her spokeperson.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison/RIPR

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is working out terms for an extension of her contract. The controversial Gist is expected to remain at the helm of the state Department of Education.

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist led the team that brought Rhode Island a $75 million federal Race to the Top grant. But she’s also been criticized for shepherding in an era of tough teacher evaluations and high stakes testing as a graduation requirement.

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RI News
1:13 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Gist Back in the Classroom

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist visits Carl G. Lauro Elementary School in Providence
Credit Natalie Jablonski

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist got a chance to use her teaching skills this week.  She taught a mini economics lesson to a kindergarten class.

Twenty kindergartners quietly fidget as Commissioner Gist introduces herself.  Her lesson focuses on basic concepts like earning and saving, and how to recognize coins. 

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Education
8:23 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Most Adults Fail the Mock NECAP Test

School bus
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NECAP, the standardized test that’s become a requirement for high school graduation in Rhode Island, may be harder than most people think. A majority of adults who took a portion of the math test last weekend failed to make the grade.

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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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Education
7:42 am
Mon February 18, 2013

RI highest in reading scores for 11th graders in New England

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island has released test scores that show 73 percent of public school students are proficient in reading and just 57 percent are proficient in Math. The numbers were relatively flat compared to previous years, so for more analysis we turned to State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. She spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison.

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Education
8:46 am
Thu February 7, 2013

NECAP scores expected Friday

State education officials plan to announce results from the latest round of state-wide standardized testing, unless a blizzard gets in the way. The Department of Education says Governor Lincoln Chafee and Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will release the numbers at the statehouse on Friday morning.

If the weather cooperates, we will soon know just how many high school juniors are at risk for not graduating, under a new state rule that requires a score of two or better on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) exam.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Gist joins panel on school leadership

State education Commissioner Deborah Gist is slated to discuss Rhode Island’s controversial teacher evaluations during a panel discussion this morning at the Fordham Institute in Washington, DC, a conservative public policy think-tank.

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Morning News Podcast
10:22 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Warwick man was working at the 2013 Super Bowl game. Tensions are flaring between the teachers unions and the Education Commissioner.   These stories and more on the RIPR Morning Podcast. 


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Education
9:32 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Tensions flare over staffing rules

Relations appear tense between the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers, one of two teachers’ unions in Rhode Island, and State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.

Gist sent a letter to Superintendents at the end of January reminding them that state regulations require staffing decisions to be based on performance, rather than the number of years a teacher has been on the job, a practice common in many schools.

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