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9:54 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Fox Commentator Facing International Criticism Is Brown Alum

Steve Emerson, a self-styled terrorism expert, who has drawn fire for comments about "no-go zones" in France and other European countries following the attacks in Paris, graduated from Brown University.

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Higher Education
12:23 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Brown Announces Changes To Sexual Assault Policy

In response to recommendations from a university panel, Brown has announced it will immediately begin using trained investigators to look into allegations of sexual misconduct on campus.

The university said other changes include the assigning of a dean to any student involved in the campus hearing process, and a new website to provide resources on sexual assault.

Brown has been reviewing its policy for handling allegations of sexual assault after a student went public with her concerns about the process.

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The Education Blog
8:28 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Are Charter Schools Straining Public School Budgets?

That's the question a legislative panel is investigating. Lawmakers are scheduled to hear from several local elected officials and school leaders on Friday.

Their concern is the impact of the state formula for funding public schools, and the way it calculates tuition for charter schools.

Cumberland Town Councilor Arthur Lambi, a Republican, is among those planning to testify. According to Lambi, Cumberland sends about $3 million to charter schools every year, and that number is expected to grow as charter schools add more seats.

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The Education Blog
8:58 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Cranston Superintendent Retiring

Cranston will have to hire a new superintendent of schools. The current Superintendent Judith Lundsten plans to retire at the end of June. In a message on the district’s website, Lundsten says she looks forward to spending more time with her family.

Higher Education
8:51 am
Wed January 21, 2015

RISD Begins Interviews In Search For New President

The Rhode Island School of Design has started conducting "preliminary interviews" in the search for a new president, a little more than a year after the departure of Johhn Maeda in December of 2013.

In a post on the university web site, RISD says the search committee has received nominations from nearly 100 faculty and other interested parties. University Board Chair Michael Spalter confirmed that the interview process has begun.

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The Education Blog
11:42 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Does A Longer School Day Boost Achievement?

The answer is not necessarily, but sometimes, or it's complicated, according to a Boston Globe review of extended day programs in Boston schools.

While a few schools did see a rise in test scores after adding time to the school day, many others did not. Still others seemed to find that gains are difficult to maintain over time. A few schools have ended their extra hours or may do so in the future.

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The Education Blog
9:05 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Central Falls Superintendent To Step Down

Central Falls Superintendent Fran Gallo leads an update for parents on the district's plan for public education.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Central Falls Superintendent of Schools Fran Gallo plans to retire at the end of the school year.

The school board says its members officially accepted her letter of resignation on Tuesday night.

"The Board accepted Dr. Gallo’s decision with deep regret and equally deep appreciation for her eight years of service to the children and families of Central Falls," the board said in a written release announcing that Gallo will step down on June 30th.

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The Education Blog
9:02 am
Mon January 12, 2015

High Stakes Testing Back On The Agenda

The State Council on Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to vote tonight on new rules for high school graduation.

The proposal would finalize a delay in the use of of standardized test scores for a diploma until 2020.

Test scores were supposed to become a requirement last year, but state lawmakers voted to pause the rule until 2017 after an outcry from some students, teachers and community groups. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist then proposed extending the delay until 2020.

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The Education Blog
12:01 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Mayor Elorza To Keep Lusi Head Of Providence Schools

Providence Superintendent of Schools Susan Lusi
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

At the close of his first week as mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza has announced he wants Providence Schools Superintendent Susan Lusi to stay on for at least another 18 months.

Elorza describes Lusi as a well-qualified leader, who shares his goals for improving city schools.

"Dr. Lusi shares my vision of reforming the role of central administration and directing all available resources to our classrooms," Elorza said in a press release announcing the reappointment.

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The Education Blog
6:58 am
Fri January 9, 2015

RI Ranks 13th On New Survey From 'Education Week'

Education Week ranks Rhode Island 13th in the nation in its most recent Quality Counts report.

The survey  looks at several factors including school finance, student achievement and access to early childhood education.

Overall, Rhode Island gets a grade of C-plus, slightly higher than the national average. The state fared worse on student achievement earning a D-plus, slightly lower than the national average.

Massachusetts earned the number one spot in the rankings. Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont were also in the top 10.

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