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The Education Blog
10:31 am
Mon July 15, 2013

What Would Mancuso Move Mean for NECAP?

A vote Monday at the State Board of Education may create a leadership void at a key moment for opponents of a new test-based high school graduation requirement.

Those opponents have lined up some 20 people from the state’s higher education community to testify at Monday’s meeting, but they may be overshadowed by a vote to turn State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso into the state’s Interim Commissioner of Higher Education. Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Mancuso as his choice for the post on Friday.

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The Education Blog
8:26 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Questions Surround Office of Higher Education

The State Board of Education met Thursday to discuss the future of the Office of Higher Education, which is slated to stop receiving state funding in July of 2014. Lawmakers dealt the department an early blow in the new budget, cutting funding by roughly 40 percent. Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso says she was disappointed by the decision.

“I was surprised,” Mancuso said. “I was not happy because it’s premature in my mind. They gave us until next July to in fact meet that goal, and so it’s going to be challenging.”

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Education
9:02 am
Thu July 11, 2013

A Recent College Grad Strikes Out on Her Own

Abby Moreau graduated from Roger Williams University this year, and has started her own company.
Credit Courtsey Roger Williams University

Recent college graduates face a still-sluggish job market and student loan burdens that are higher than ever, but none of that fazed new Roger Williams University graduate Abby Moreau. When she didn’t get much response to the resumes she sent out, Moreau decided to skip the job hunt altogether and start her own business, a social media company called Social Gal Abby.  http://www.socialgalabbyonline.com

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The Education Blog
10:13 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Making Schools Safer

The Obama Administration has released new advice about school safety procedures in the wake of the mass shooting at Newtown Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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The Education Blog
9:04 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Looking for Summer Camps?

RIASPA has mapped summer programs to help parents find opportunities for summer activities.

The Rhode Island Afterschool Alliance says some summer programs are still open for students, even enrolling on a weekly basis in a few cases.

RIASPA has a handy tool on its website: a map showing programs around the state along with descriptions of the activities provided.

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RI News
9:59 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Providence College Is Keeping Busy During the Summer Months

Though it’s summertime, Providence College has been keeping busy, the school is working to complete several large projects in time for the coming school year.

One of those projects, the construction of brand new building signals a change to the school’s core curriculum.

The 63,000 square foot, $20 million   Ruane Center, will house the school’s Development of Western Civilization program.

The two-year program has been core requirement for all freshmen and sophomores at Providence College since 1971.

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Education
4:14 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Twenty-eight RI Schools Receive a Low State Ranking

Education commissioner Deborah Gist says the rankings provide an opportunity for improvement in RI's schools.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said parents in schools receiving a low rating should seek answers into how those schools are going to improve.

Twenty-eight schools received the lowest ratings, many of them were in Providence. The education department said the rating system is designed to identify warning signs and to help schools improve. Gist said while it takes years to turn a school around, parents should be concerned about a low-performing school.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Taveras Talks Education, Finances + the Economy

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss finances, taxes and schools in Rhode Island's capital city, and other issues.

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The Education Blog
10:34 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Mancuso Denies Backing Down on Test-Based Diploma

State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso says she remains firm in her support for test-based graduation requirements. Mancuso says she wants the board to study whether the standardized test known as the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, is the best test to use, but she denies backing away from high-stakes testing.

"We haven't backed off from that at all," Mancuso said. "We're just looking to see if there's a measure that's better to show proficiency, other than just the NECAP."

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The Education Blog
12:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Higher Education Office Faces Budget Cuts

Higher education officials are waiting to see how much funding they'll receive in the final state budget.

The budget scheduled for a vote today in the Rhode Island House of Representatives includes $6 million in additional funding for public colleges and universities, but it would also make a significant reduction at the Office of Higher Education.

The spending plan cuts $1 million from OHE's budget, roughly 43 percent of the office's total funding. The budget endorsed by the House Finance Committee provides $1.2 million for OHE.

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