The House Labor Committee holds a hearing today on repealing what’s known as the Caruolo Act. The law, now infamous in Rhode Island education circles, allows school committees to sue their city or town for more funding.

There have been several attempts to do away with the Caruolo Act, but so far none have succeeded. Critics say it is nonsensical for an arm of local government to essentially sue itself, and local officials complain the lawsuits rack up expensive legal bills and sour relations between city and school leaders.

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.

Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry At Home in RI

Feb 22, 2013
Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island

 Rhode Island will soon be home to its very own Tall Ship: the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Picture the HMS Rose, featured in the Hollywood film Master & Commander, but much larger and made of steel. The 196 foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be thirteen and a half stories tall, with three masts supporting square sails. The ship is being built by a non-profit organization, and is named for a Rhode-Island born naval hero of the War of 1812.

RI Education Commissioner Deborah Gist
Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island has released test scores that show 73 percent of public school students are proficient in reading and just 57 percent are proficient in Math. The numbers were relatively flat compared to previous years, so for more analysis we turned to State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. She spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison.

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Brown to launch school of public health

Feb 14, 2013

This summer, Brown University plans to launch a School of Public Health. After ten years of planning and building, the School will pull together existing institutes, departments, and programs. The establishment of the School of Public Health should draw more funding and student talent, according to the University. Dr. Terrie “Fox” Wetle, associate dean of medicine for public health, will draw on her thirteen years of experience at Brown in her role as the dean of the new school.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Feb 14, 2013

Most employers would not be able to ask job applicants about their criminal history under legislation being considered.  The Portsmouth Town Council has banned the feeding of coyotes. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.   

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URI campus
courtesy URI

The Senate Education Committee yesterday approved the last seven nominees for a new state board overseeing K through 12 and higher education.

Several Rhode Island school districts are still delaying the start of school, several days after a major snowstorm hit the state.

Most of the delays are in the South County, with Jamestown, North Kingstown, Narragansett, Westerly and South Kingstown all reporting a one-hour delay in the start of the school day.

Chariho and Tiverton also started school later than usual this morning. Some districts have also canceled Kindergarten and early childhood programs.

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.

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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:

RI State Capitol
Kristin Gourlay

Four nominees for a new state Board of Education face a confirmation vote Tuesday by the full state Senate. They have already cleared a vote by the Senate Education Committee.
That committee is slated to take up the remaining seven nominees Wednesday.

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.