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The Education Blog
9:37 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Senator Seeks to Limit Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

A bill scheduled for debate Wednesday on Smith Hill would make student test scores no more than one third of a teacher’s annual evaluation. The bill’s sponsor is Senator Michael McCaffrey, a democrat from Warwick. The measure is slated for a hearing this afternoon in the Senate Education Committee.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Bill to End "Caruolo Act" Scheduled for Hearings Tomorrow

Hearings on the bill that would repeal the “Caruolo Act” are scheduled begin Tuesday at the State House.

The “Caruolo Act,” enacted in 1995, allows local school committees to sue their towns for more funding.

Representative Patricia Morgan (R Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick) who introduced the bill speaks from experience when describing what she sees as the act’s potentially negative effects.

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Education
7:19 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises RI's progress

Credit U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison about the progress the Ocean State is making in education.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Education
10:50 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Panel tonight: educating workers for the 21st century

Stop by the Providence Athenaeum at 6 p.m. tonight! We'll be discussing how schools are changing to prepare students for 21st Century jobs.

I'm looking forward to a spirited conversation about what skills students will need as technology quickly transforms the world around us. We'll explore the value of a liberal arts degree, changes to curriculum in K-12 schools and what employers are seeking and finding in Rhode Island graduates. Join us!

The panelists are:

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Education
3:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Education secretary cancels trip to RI

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will have to forgo his trip to Rhode Island, no thanks to the weather.  Duncan was scheduled to attend a town hall-style meeting tonight on school safety and to headline a Tuesday morning event at the Rhode Island Convention Center. His office says the secretary's flight to Rhode Island was canceled.

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Education
7:51 am
Thu January 31, 2013

To test, or not to test?

RIPR file photo.

State education officials are defending standardized testing as a graduation requirement starting with the class of 2014. Students opposing so-called "high stakes testing" staged a protest yesterday at the Statehouse.

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist responded by saying her goal is to make sure students finish high school with the right skills for college or a career. If the testing rule took effect this year, 44 percent of seniors would be at risk for not graduating.

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Education
9:10 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Afterschool program hopes students can curb dropouts

A new program at the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) pairs high school students with middle schoolers, on the theory that a mentoring relationship with an older student might discourage dropping out.

PASA organizers say they are focusing on 8th graders, who often face a tough road when they transition from middle school into high school. Just 66 percent of Providence students graduate from high school within four years.

The Education Blog
1:06 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Mass ties teacher performance to hiring

Massachusetts lawmakers have swiftly passed a bill calling for all school districts to use new teacher evaluations and reduce the role of seniority in personnel decisions.

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