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The Education Blog
9:51 am
Wed August 27, 2014

ACLU Responds to Gist Change of Heart

The head of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says he welcomes any further delay in linking test scores to high school graduation.

ACLU of RI Director Steve Brown says waiting until 2020 could give schools more time to address systemic problems and intervene with struggling students. But Brown says he remains concerned that the State Department of Education is simply delaying a policy that would hold students accountable for the failures of their schools.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Gist Explains New Stance on High Stakes Testing

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

In the wake of a General Assembly decision to delay standardized testing for a high school diploma until 2017, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is now suggesting that the policy be pushed back even further to 2020. Rhode Island Public Radio Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison asked Gist what made her change her position after arguing vigorously that Rhode Island should start linking test scores and diplomas this year.

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Higher Education
9:38 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Grand Jury Declines to Indict Brown Football Players

After an investigation, a grand jury has decided against indicting two Brown football players accused of sexual assault.

"There will be no charges stemming from the incident," according to a statement from the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.

The allegations were brought by a student at Providence College. She told police she started feeling groggy while hanging out with friends at a Providence bar. When she woke up, she said she found herself in a Brown dorm room, and there, she alleges, the football players sexually assaulted her.

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The Education Blog
9:17 am
Tue August 26, 2014

A Reversal on High Stakes Testing?

Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is recommending more delays for a policy linking standardized test scores to a high school diploma. Gist says she now believes the policy should remain on hold until 2020.

The comments may come as a surprise after Gist championed the test-linked diploma for months despite increasing pressure from some students and groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who said the policy was unfair to low-income students and students with disabilities.

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RI Higher Education
8:52 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Brown University Faces The Challenge Of Campus Sexual Assault

Brown University's Director of Health Promotion Frances Mantak.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

A grand jury will not indict two Brown University football players who were accused of sexual assault by a student at Providence College. Universities around the country are facing controversy over how they handle sexual assault. Brown is one of more than 70 colleges under federal investigation.

Critics say colleges should do more to protect students and punish perpetrators of sexual assault. Brown officials have been reviewing their policy, and new students arriving on campus this week will receive more training on sexual assault.

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Education
11:15 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi On Improving Schools In The Coming Year

Providence superintendent Susan Lusi
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

As students and teachers prepare to go back to school, Providence has released an update on efforts to improve its troubled schools. 

The report called “On the Move” suggests some promising changes in areas like early reading and getting more kids to graduate. Rhode Island Public Radio Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison gets the details from Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi.

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The Education Blog
2:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Providence to Open Two New High Schools

Providence has received a $3 million dollar grant from the Carnegie Foundation to develop a pair of small high schools over the next three years.

The schools will enroll a maximum of 450 students each, and will get extra flexibility to tailor programs to each student. The theory is that if you meet each student at their level, you can help students catch up if they fall behind, and allow them to work beyond their grade level, if they are ahead of the curve.

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The Education Blog
9:08 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Officials Mum on Subject of Brown Sexual Assault Investigation

No one is saying why federal officials have launched an investigation into Brown's handling of a sexual assault complaint, but the school is one of 68 around the country facing increased scrutiny over the issue of sexual violence.

Campus officials have struggled to strike a balance between the rights of students who say they are victims of sexual assault and the rights of their alleged attackers, who often have not been found guilty of any crime.

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Education
8:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Praises Rhode Island

Rhode Island, along with all other states, is being asked to submit new “teacher equity plans,” to the U.S. Department of Education. Originally created in 2006, these plans are designed to insure that poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates by inexperienced or unqualified teachers.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is praising Rhode Island for its work implementing its original plan.

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The Education Blog
12:27 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

No Charges for PC Players Accused of Sexual Assault

Rhode Island's Attorney General has concluded an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against two Providence College basketball players. Neither player will face criminal charges.

The grand jury found insufficient evidence against Rodney Bullock, who remains a student at PC, and Brandon Austin, who has left the school.

The players were accused of sexually assaulting a female student in November 2013. The allegations resulted in a suspension of play for both players this past season and a campus disciplinary hearing.

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