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Paying For It
5:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

After Bankruptcy And Divorce, Student Debt Still Persists

Allison Dean learned the ins and outs of college loans through personal experience.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Many Rhode Islanders are paying off student loans that average more than $31,000, one of the highest student debt burdens in the nation. As we continue our series Paying for It: Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt, we look at what happens when those loans are too much to handle.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison met Allison Dean at her house on a quiet street in Warwick, sandwiched between the airport and Narragansett Bay.

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Paying For It
8:18 am
Tue May 13, 2014

RISD Graduate Faces Hundreds of Thousands in Student Loans

Johnny Adimando in his printmaking studio in Pawtucket.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island has the fifth highest rate of student loan debt in the country and experts say part of the reason is the large number of expensive, private colleges, like Bryant University, Providence College and Salve Regina in Newport. One of the most expensive is the Rhode Island School of Design.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, met one graduate now staring down hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.

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Paying For It
9:17 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt

Thousands of colleges seniors receive their diplomas this month in Rhode Island and across the nation.  And thousands of them will soon have to start paying off their student loans. 

Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of student debt in the nation; the average burden on students in the class of 2012 was more than $30,000, according to a study by the Institute for College Access and Success.

As part of our series looking at what it's like to live with student debt, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Lauren Asher, the Institute's director.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

RI Board Of Education Tackles ACLU Petition

A public discussion over making test scores part of the high school graduation requirement will take place at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.

It took a court order, but the Board of Education will hold a public vote on a petition over whether high school diplomas should be linked to test scores.  

Some 4,000 students failed to pass the NECAP last fall, many of them from urban schools. ACLU director Steve Brown said what’s now known about who failed the test should be an influence.

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On Politics
2:53 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Pell's Education Plan Targets Relieving College Debt, Reducing Drop-outs

Pell during a recent news conference
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell says the top goals of his education plan include cutting the high school dropout rate and relieving debt for college students.

Pell outlined his vision Wednesday as children played outside the Agnes Hennessey elementary school in  East Providence.

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Arts & Culture
9:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Providence Hosts 12th Annual National Scrabble Championships

The Hasbro toy company offices in Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The 12th annual National School Scrabble Championship will be hosted by Hasbro, Inc. on Saturday in Providence.

Over one hundred students between the fourth and eighth grades from the U.S. and Canada will compete against each other in teams of two. Hasbro’s Karen Davis says the tournament will have many educational benefits for children.

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Politics
9:25 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education

Cranston mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung.
Credit Ian Donnis

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung wants Rhode Island to go back to having separate state boards for K-through-12 and higher education.

Fung unveiled his education plan Thursday. He said he’d make the state education commissioner report directly to the governor, and eliminate a separate post for commissioner of higher education. Fung said he believes these structural changes will improve public education in Rhode Island.

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The Education Blog
8:57 am
Fri April 18, 2014

And the Honorary Degree Recipients Are...

This year, Brown University plans to honor acclaimed authors Jeffrey Eugenides and Lois Lowry, both Brown alums, along with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and seven other Brown graduates.

At the Rhode Island School of Design, commencement festivities will include an honorary degree for designer Todd Oldham and a keynote speech from designer Bruce Mau.

The Education Blog
9:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Panel Recommends Changes for School Construction

Rhode Island's School Housing Aid Task Force wants to set aside 1 percent of the state sales tax for school construction.

The panel has been working on a series of recommendations as the state prepares to lift a moratorium on  school construction projects.

Other recommendations include the creation of a quasi-public agency to oversee school construction funding, assess facilities statewide and move away from a funding model heavily dependent on bonds.

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