The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has released a report deeply critical of internet filtering software used in many public schools, saying it is tantamount to censorship. The report found that software blocks a wide variety of web sites including the Smithsonian Institutes and sites with information about anti-government groups.
“The excessive use of Internet filters by schools has seriously infringed on the First Amendment rights of students and teachers on a daily basis,” said the report’s author, Hillary Davis, in a written statement.
Twenty-nine Rhode Island students will compete for the State Spelling Bee title tomorrow at 10 AM in the Cumberland High School auditorium. The winner of tomorrow’s public competition, sponsored by The Valley Breeze newspaper, will be sent, with a parent, to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for a week in May.
The merged state board that will oversee K through 12 and higher education is set to hold its first meeting at 5 pm next Monday, March 11, at the Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island.
The combined board is expected to take us issues lingering since the dissolution of two separate state education boards last December. The state Senate has already confirmed 4 of 11 members for the merged board; the remaining seven are due to be confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Rhode Island may finally have a confirmed Board of Education following a vote Tuesday at the State House. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the seven remaining appointees for the board, which will oversee public schools, colleges and universities.
The nominees include proposed board chair, Eva Marie Mancuso and former Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members Patrick Guida and Karin Forbes. Four other members of the 11-person board have already received Senate approval.
An admissions officer at Penn has encountered the power of the internet, as well as the perils of social media. Nadirah Farah Foley was fired for posting excerpts from college applications and mocking them on her personal Facebook page.
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The House Labor Committee holds a hearing today on repealing what’s known as the Caruolo Act. The law, now infamous in Rhode Island education circles, allows school committees to sue their city or town for more funding.
There have been several attempts to do away with the Caruolo Act, but so far none have succeeded. Critics say it is nonsensical for an arm of local government to essentially sue itself, and local officials complain the lawsuits rack up expensive legal bills and sour relations between city and school leaders.