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April 10, 2015

Lincoln Chafee, Ex-R.I. Governor, Senator, Eyes Democratic Run for President

Chafee has been supportive of the Obama administration's education agenda; as governor, he oversaw the rollout of the state's $75 million Race to the Top grant and a $50 million early-learning grant.

March 10, 2015

States Must Change, Too For Blended Learning

Lisa Duty of The Learning Accelerator, a Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and Highlander Institute funding partner, outlines the Rhode Islands's commitment to a blended learning future. She describes how the state is developing its new five-year strategic plan that's engaging RIDE's Ambassador Design Team, a team of Rhode Islander educators, parents, students, and community members from diverse backgrounds.

January 05, 2015

R.I. Chief Deborah Gist's Fate Uncertain as Contract-Renewal Deadline Passes

The Rhode Island education commissioner has previously stated she'd like to stay on under the new Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo, but Gist's current contract expires in June.

September 10, 2014

Vote on Charging Students for Summer School Delayed by R.I. State Board

Rhode Island's Council on Elementary and Secondary Education has postponed a decision on whether school districts can charge for summer school.

September 10, 2014

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Wins Primary, But Progressives Show Dissatisfaction

As widely expected, incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defeated Democratic primary challenger and Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout on Sept. 9

August 08, 2014

Rhode Island to Promote Blended Learning Through Nonprofit Partnership

The Rhode Island Department of Education and the nonprofit Learning Accelerator are teaming to develop a strategic plan and a communications strategy aimed at expanding blended learning.

March 07, 2014

Two Cheers for 'Non-Cognitive Skills'

Abilities like persistence and goal-setting are critical, but the term "non-cognitive" is problematic.

September 27, 2013

News About State Education Chiefs: One Elevation, One Nosedive

News on state education chiefs for the week of Sept. 23 included a new Oregon K-12 boss and a skydiving Rhode Island education commissioner.

June 07, 2013

Gist Gets Another Two Years as R.I. Education Boss

The Rhode Island Board of Education extended the contract of Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist by two years on June 6.

May 23, 2013

Science Standards Win OK in First State With Rhode Island Vote

Rhode Island today became the first state in the nation adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

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