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The Education Blog
8:48 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Providence to Study Low-Income Language Gap

Credit RIRP file

Providence has won $5 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to count the number of words low-income children hear in a typical day. The project aims to address what many experts say is at the heart of the achievement gap: the fact that some children arrive in school with far richer vocabularies than others.

For the contest, Bloomberg asked cities to submit plans that would drive innovation in urban areas. Providence proposed giving children tracking devices to record the words they hear, and giving their parents advice on how to improve the children’s vocabularies.

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The Education Blog
9:12 am
Tue March 12, 2013

ACLU Questions Internet Filters

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.

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Education
8:54 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Plans for Safety Upgrade at North Providence Schools

North Providence High School
Credit Courtesy NorthProvidenceSchoolDept.net

The town of North Providence is planning a major upgrade to school security. It’s the result of the schoolroom massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Education
4:55 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Rhode Island Students Gear Up for State Spelling Bee

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.

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On Politics
4:21 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to the list.

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On Politics
12:56 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

New State Board of Education to Hold its First Meeting Next Monday

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.

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The Education Blog
8:27 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Full Senate to Vote on Education Nominees

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.

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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Thu February 28, 2013

From the What Not to Do Department...

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.

Here's the full story from The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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The Education Blog
12:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Education on Tap at the General Assembly

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.

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Higher Education
8:25 am
Mon February 25, 2013

RISD Grad MacFarlane Hosts the Oscars

Seth MacFarlane
Credit Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ

Rhode Island School of Design graduate Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscar Awards last night, prompting some RISD faculty to tune in. The creator of animated television shows like “Family Guy” showcased his off-color sense of humor and singing and dancing abilities.

During his opening monologue, MacFarlane joked about how critics would perceive his Oscar turn. He chatted with actor William Shatner, who reprised the role of Captain James T. Kirk, and sang an ode to actresses who have appeared topless in the movies.

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