As the days tick down before the November election, we’re looking at the major issues and the candidates in Rhode Island’s race for governor. Today in our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison delves into the front runners' positions on education, from expanding charter schools to preparing graduates for the workforce needs of the 21st Century.
A few weeks ago we brought you the story of Hannah Rini, a transgender student in Pawtucket, who was bullied to the point where she left Goff Junior High School before finishing 7th grade. Pawtucket School officials declined to comment before the story aired, and they still say they can't discuss Hannah's story directly because of student privacy rules.
Warwick is a key city in Rhode Island’s race for governor, and with 12 percent of voters still undecided, Democrat Gina Raimondo has a slight lead over Republican Allan Fung.
As part of our Rhody Votes '14 election coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with a group of parents from Warwick’s Cedar Hill Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization to find out what they think of the candidates.
She started out by asking what they see as the most important issue in the governor’s race.
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University has announced that Executive Director Warren Simmons will step down at the end of the current school year.
The institute is searching for a successor to Simmons, who has has been at its helm since 1998.
Simmons plans to cease his current duties at the end of June, but will stay on as a senior fellow to ease the transition. He will remain a member of the Brown faculty in the Urban Education Policy program.
Rhode Island’s Board of Education has voted to give preliminary approval to a new charter school in Woonsocket. The RISE Mayoral Academy would start out with a kindergarten class and grow to a K-8 school serving more than 700 students from Woonsocket, Burrillville and North Smithfield.
Critics say charter schools draw money away from regular public schools, a particular problem in Woonsocket, where school officials are working under severe budget constraints.
Public schools can charge tuition for summer school courses, under a decision from the State Board of Education
The board voted 7-2 last night to uphold a decision from State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, in a case that pits a relatively common practice in suburban schools against concerns about fairness for low-income students.
Rhode Island's Board of Education is poised to vote Tuesday on a new mayoral academy charter school that would serve Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Burrillville.
The Department of Education has recommended preliminary approval for the school, which eventually hopes to serve 729 students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade under the name RISE Mayoral Academy.
The board is also scheduled to vote on a proposed expansion that would more than double the student body at Blackstone Academy, a charter high school in Pawtucket.
Rhode Island has been granted a one-year extension to its waiver from the federal education law known as the “No Child Left Behind” Act. The law required schools to get all students to proficiency on standardized tests by this year.
The main candidates in the race for Providence Mayor faced off Wednesday night in a debate at Moses Brown School. The forum focused on education, and Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay was there. He joined Rhode Island Public Radio host Elisabeth Harrison to discuss their positions.