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The Education Blog
9:16 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Board Appoints New Commissioner of Higher Education

Rhode Island's Board of Education has selected former Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell to lead the state's college system.

The board voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to appoint Purcell as the new commissioner of higher education. Details of his contract remain under negotiation, but Purcell is expected to earn between $135,000 and $175,000, which is considerably less than his $275,000 contract in Louisiana.

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Education
8:59 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Special Education Program Brings Kids Back To Their Classrooms

Special education teacher Brenda Pacheco reads to students in a Bradley classroom in Middletown
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Schools in Rhode Island spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on special education, a broad category that includes physical and learning disabilities, emotional problems and autism.

Right now, the students needing the most attention are often sent to special schools, but a growing program from Bradley Hospital shows promise in reducing the cost of special education by keeping more students in their own school districts, in their own schools.

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Higher Education
8:45 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Brown Athletes Named in Sexual Assault Investigation

Brown University gates
Credit RIPR FILE

Officials at Brown University tell The Providence Journal they have ordered two football players to leave campus amid allegations of sexual assault.

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The Education Blog
7:28 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Warwick Mayor Puts the Brakes on New Mayoral Academy

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian has halted public hearings on a proposed Mayoral Academy Charter School.

Avedisian, who is the mayor sponsoring the proposal, says numerous issues including West Warwick's potential to pull out of the proposal,  preceded the request.

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The Education Blog
9:27 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Bill Seeks Relief From GED Cost Increase

The Rhode Island Senate has passed a measure aimed at easing the cost of the high school equivalency test known as the G.E.D.

The bill directs the State Board of Education to consider alternatives to the G.E.D. for students looking to earn a high school equivalency. It also calls for the reinstatement of a fee waiver for low income residents taking the G.E.D.

The testing company that administers the G.E.D. recently introduced a more difficult test and raised its rates to $120.

The Education Blog
11:01 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Budget Leaves School Construction in the Lurch

The budget scheduled for a vote Thursday in the House would extend a moratorium on school construction reimbursements from the state.

If it passes the General Assembly, the spending plan will leave school districts waiting for a third year to embark on major construction projects.

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The Education Blog
9:14 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Teacher Tenure Takes a Hit in California

A California judge has struck down the state's teacher tenure and seniority system, ruling it denies students their fundamental right to a quality education.

The LA Times reports the judge appeared to accept most of the prosecution's main arguments, including the idea that teachers can be fairly evaluated using student test scores. The paper also notes the judge rejected defense claims that teacher quality compares favorably to workforce quality in other fields.

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Education
9:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Proposed State Budget Puts School Construction Projects Up In The Air

Education leaders are raising concerns over the House Finance Committee’s proposed budget. The budget fully funds the state’s formula for providing education aid, but there’s no funding for school construction.

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The Education Blog
11:54 am
Mon June 9, 2014

RIDE Releases 2014 School Rankings

31 percent of public schools in Rhode Island need to make improvements, according to the latest school classifications from the Rhode Island Department of Education.

A total of 32 schools, mostly in Providence, East Providence and Pawtucket fall in the department's lowest categories, which means they must craft or are in the midst of implementing restructuring plans with state oversight.

Another group of schools are labeled "warning" which means they must make improvements but without the same level of state involvement.

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Higher Education
10:54 am
Mon June 9, 2014

PC Renews Contract for President Brian Shanley

Providence College has offered a new five-year contract to President Brian Shanley, who has led the private Catholic college for the last decade.

Shanley, a member of the Dominican order, has presided over the construction of a new building to house PC's humanities program, a two-year requirement for all students, and the accreditation of a new business school. He is also credited with shepherding a reorganization of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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