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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A biomedical research program based at the University of Rhode Island has received $18.8 million in new grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Created in 2001, The Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE), was intended to expand the state's biomedical research capacity. Since that time, it has received $42 million in federal grants, according to URI officials.
The new funding will shift the focus to research in areas of cancer, neuroscience and molecular toxicology.