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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
7:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: College at 50 and Beyond

Teresa Mahony graduated from URI at 80.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

We continue our series on aging in Rhode Island with a look at the fastest growing student group at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island: students 50 and older.

RIPR Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison takes us to the RIC campus to find out why these students are returning to college, and what challenges they face when they get there.

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The Education Blog
8:48 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Providence to Study Low-Income Language Gap

Credit RIRP file

Providence has won $5 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to count the number of words low-income children hear in a typical day. The project aims to address what many experts say is at the heart of the achievement gap: the fact that some children arrive in school with far richer vocabularies than others.

For the contest, Bloomberg asked cities to submit plans that would drive innovation in urban areas. Providence proposed giving children tracking devices to record the words they hear, and giving their parents advice on how to improve the children’s vocabularies.

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The Education Blog
9:12 am
Tue March 12, 2013

ACLU Questions Internet Filters

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has released a report deeply critical of internet filtering software used in many public schools, saying it is tantamount to censorship. The report found that software blocks a wide variety of web sites including the Smithsonian Institutes and sites with information about anti-government groups.

“The excessive use of Internet filters by schools has seriously infringed on the First Amendment rights of students and teachers on a daily basis,” said the report’s author, Hillary Davis, in a written statement.

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Morning News Podcast
11:10 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Monday, March11, 2013

The new State Board of Education holds its first meeting tonight.  The mayor is planning for upgraded security at North Providence public schools.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Plus an interview with the new Board of Ed Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso and an interview with the Director of the Division of Elderly Affairs Catherine Taylor.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ed Board to Review Tuition Waivers

Attorney Eva-Marie Mancuso, chair of the new State Board of Education.
Credit Lydia Rogers

As one of its first actions, the brand new State Board of Education will take up tuition waivers granted to employees at state colleges and universities.

Board Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso says she will appoint and chair a commission to consider changing to the policy, which provides free tuition to state college employees, their spouses and their children.

“I’m not going to prejudge it, I think we have to study the issue,” Mancuso says, but she adds her personal opinion is that the policy needs to change.

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Education
8:54 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Plans for Safety Upgrade at North Providence Schools

North Providence High School
Credit Courtesy NorthProvidenceSchoolDept.net

The town of North Providence is planning a major upgrade to school security. It’s the result of the schoolroom massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Education
7:57 am
Mon March 11, 2013

In Depth With New Education Board Chair Mancuso

Board of Education Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso
Credit Lydia Rogers / RIPR

This could be a pivotal day in the future of education in our state. A new state Board of Education holds its first meeting.

The new Rhode Island Board of Education combines the functions of two previous panels: the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.

Board chair Eva Marie Mancuso sat down with RIPR education reporter Elisabeth Harrison to talk about the priorities of the new board.

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Education
4:55 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Rhode Island Students Gear Up for State Spelling Bee

Twenty-nine Rhode Island students will compete for the State Spelling Bee title tomorrow at 10 AM in the Cumberland High School auditorium. The winner of tomorrow’s public competition, sponsored by The Valley Breeze newspaper, will be sent, with a parent, to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for a week in May.

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Morning News Podcast
9:57 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Another snow storm is on its way.  The new state Board of Education has all its members in place now.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
Plus in this week’s This I Believe—Rhode Island essay, writer and actress Janine Weisman talks about the importance of community.

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Higher Education
8:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Senate Approves New Education Board Members

The State Senate has given final approval to all 11 members of a new State Board of Education, which plans to hold its first meeting on Monday.

According to RIPR Political Reporter Ian Donnis, the closest vote was for Board Chair Eva Marie Mancuso, who cleared the chamber on a 26 to 10 margin.

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