Steve Brown

On Politics
5:42 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Watering down NECAP diploma requirement

One of the most contentious issues in education remains high-stakes testing. In Rhode Island most of the strum and drang revolves around the New England Common Assessment Program Test.

This year, for the first time, R.I. high school seniors will have to pass the NECAP test to get a diploma. But the Rhode Island Department of Education, with little fanfare, on January 3rd issued a waiver policy that has been slowly circulating among education wonks and professionals around the state.

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RI News
3:04 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

RI ACLU Takes Legal Action Against Ed. Board for a 3rd Time

ACLU Exec. Dir. Steve Brown, left, wants a public debate on the NECAP graduation requirement.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up the heat in its opposition to the NECAP test as a requirement for high school graduation. The ACLU has filed a third legal action against what it calls a lack of process in retaining the controversial test.

For the third time in less than two months, the ACLU of Rhode Island has taken legal action against the state Board of Education for violating open government laws in dealing with the NECAP test.

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Education
5:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Judge Rules Board Cannot Discuss NECAP Testing In Closed Retreat

A judge has ordered the Rhode Island Board of Education to open up a portion of what was supposed to be a retreat closed to the public.

The board had planned to hear about requiring NECAP test scores for graduation at a closed retreat later this month.

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued saying the closed retreat violated the Open Meetings Act.

After hearing arguments for almost two hours, Judge Daniel Procaccini issued a preliminary injunction, allowing the public to hear the portion of the retreat discussing NECAP testing.

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Education
12:22 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

RI ACLU Sues Board of Education to Open Up a Closed Retreat

Board of Education Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso said closed retreats were common on the now defunct higher education board.
Credit file / RIPR

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to keep the state’s Board of Education from holding a retreat that’s closed to the public.

The upcoming retreat will feature presentations on high stakes testing. It will be closed to both the media and the public. Rhode Island ACLU chapter executive director Steve Brown said that undermines the state’s open meetings laws.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Legislation that Makes School Safety Plans Secret Worries Open Govt' Groups

Bills in both the House and Senate keep details of school safety plans out of the public record.
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A handful of open government groups are urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to block legislation that would shroud school safety plans in secrecy. 

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RI News
6:59 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Providence Phoenix says it is alive and well

Providence Phoenix Newspaper
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Last week news broke that the weekly alternative paper, the Boston Phoenix, was stopping the presses after 47 years of publication. The news caught most media watchers off guard and has left some in Rhode Island wondering about the future of the Providence Phoenix. Here with insight into what happened in Boston and what’s ahead for Providence is the associate publisher of the Providence Phoenix Steve Brown.

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RI News
11:29 am
Fri December 28, 2012

ACLU settles lawsuit with Cranston schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has settled a lawsuit with the Cranston School Department. The settlement allows a mother with a criminal record to volunteer at her daughter’s elementary school.

When Jessica Doyle was in her early 20’s, she was a heroin addict who was convicted twice for felony drug charges. This was before her daughter was born in 2003. And since then she’s received treatment and is an advocate for drug prevention.

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