HIgh Schools becoming more ethnically diverse

Jan 14, 2013
School lockers

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The number of high school graduates is declining at a higher rate in Rhode Island than in the nation as a whole.  That’s the conclusion of a report released by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.  Rhode Island joins 4 other states and the District of Columbia in having projected losses of 15-percent or more in the number of high school graduates in the school years of 2008/2009 through 2019/2020.  

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Governor Lincoln Chafee has announced his nominees for a new Board of Education, replacing the boards of higher education and K-12 public schools. The nine nominations include two teachers union officials, an emergency room physician and several attorneys.

Most are former members of the recently dissolved board of elementary and secondary schools and the board that oversaw higher education.

Just before Christmas, Chafee announced his selection of attorney Eva Marie Mancuso to chair the Board of Education.

Sawyer School in Pawtucket, RI
Elisabeth Harrison

Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education, Michael Trainor, talks with RIPR Morning Edition Host Elisabeth Harrison about the Sawyer School which abruptly closed this month.  Trainor discusses what safeguards are in place to protect students enrolled in for-profit schools, the status of the school at its last audit, and what RI is doing for students left stranded.

The hotline is staffed daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 401-277-5282.

(PROVIDENCE, RI) RIPR Political Commentator Scott MacKay analyzes why the state does not have a functioning Board of Education.

(PROVIDENCE, RI) In Portsmouth, fundraising efforts are underway to help the high school band get down to Washington DC to play in the President’s inaugural parade. The invitation came out of the blue.

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state’s office of higher education says it’s keeping an eye on other for-profit schools in the wake of the sudden closure of a career technical school.

(PROVIDENCE, RI) State senator Hanna Gallo says she expects her bill to push back the effective date on a new board that would govern K-12 and higher education will be approved Thursday. The board has technically been in effect since Tuesday.

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state Senate approved a bill Thursday to allow additional time for a controversial merger of two state boards of education.

The bill will continue the existence until March 7 of separate state boards for K-through-12 and public higher education. It also pushes back until September the final structure for combining the two boards.

A bill introduced Wednesday by state Senator Hanna Gallo would delay until September 1 the “final plan for the permanent administrative structure” for the controversial combined state Board of Education.

In a signal of a green light for the bill, cosponsors include Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio.

RI Education Commissioner Deborah Gist
Elisabeth Harrison

It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s counting down the top ten news stories of 2012. At number eight is Education Commissioner Deborah Gists’ recovery from brain surgery.

Some of you may know that I’ve been on maternity leave for the last three months, after the birth of my first child.

In fact, anyone listening to Rhode Island Public Radio on July 4th might have even heard a news item announcing the birth of Luna Charlotte Smick earlier that morning.