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2012 News Countdown: Education Commissioner recovers from brain surgery By CATHERINE WELCH
It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio's counting down the top ten news stories of 2012. At number eight - is Education Commissioner Deborah Gists' recovery from brain surgery.
2012 News Countdown: Brown U gains new president By ELIZABETH HARRISON
Brown University welcomed a new commander-in-chief after the 11-year tenure of the popular Ruth Simmons. The school's choice, Christina Hull Paxson, is an economist, who most recently led the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.
2012 News Countdown: Brown U gains new president By FLO JONIC
Brown University welcomed a new commander-in-chief after the 11-year tenure of the popular Ruth Simmons. The school's choice, Christina Hull Paxson, is an economist, who most recently led the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.
Lessons and Carols at Brown University By NATALIE JABLONSKI
It's Christmas Eve and if you're like millions of listeners around the globe, you might be planning to tune in to the service called A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast from King's College in England. Brown University has its own such 96 year tradition.
RI school is trying new approach to old (math) problem By BRIAN JONES
What's the most difficult math problem you can think of? How about adding a grocery list in your head Or doing long division without a calculator? Maybe the hardest problem of all is how to teach math. One Newport school is the first in Rhode Island to try an approach pioneered in Singapore - putting that country at the head of the class internationally.
URI faculty union rallies around professor's NRA tweet By FLO JONIC
The faculty union at the University of Rhode Island is backing a professor who has received death threats after sending out tweets that called for the head of National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre.
URI distancing itself from history prof's tweet By CATHERINE WELCH
The president of the University of Rhode Island is putting distance between the university and a professor who tweeted inflammatory comments about the National Rifle Association.
30 Rock actor helps Central Falls library expand hours By LYDIA ROGERS
The Central Falls Adams Memorial Library is calling itself "the little library that could" as it continues to find ways to provide services to the community, even as the city recovers from bankruptcy. The latest source of help is actor Alec Baldwin who donated $5,000 Monday.
RI schools reviewing their safety plans in wake of Sandy Hook shooting By ELISABETH HARRISON
Principals in Rhode Island today are reminding their staffs to be extra-vigilant after the shooting last week at a Connecticut elementary school.
Shortage blamed for history teacher leading high school physics class By FLO JONIC
The Providence School Department says it is actively seeking a physics teacher for Alvarez High School.
Teens get a fresh start at a recovery high school By ELISABETH HARRISON
A new kind of help is available for teens struggling with substance abuse in a program called the Anchor Learning Academy, Rhode Island's first recovery High School. We asked Director Paula Santos, to stop by and discuss the program.
RI fiscal cliff: Students of all ages could feel the effects By ELISABETH HARRISON
This week we're looking at what's vulnerable to cuts should lawmakers fail to make an agreement on where to raise revenue and cut spending by the end of the year. It could mean the loss of millions of dollars in federal funding to all levels of education in the Ocean State.
What are college-bound undocumented immigrants costing RI? By ELISABETH HARRISON
Higher education leaders will get an update Monday on a controversial tuition policy. It gives in-state discounts to undocumented immigrant students, if they came to this country as children and graduated from local high schools.
Gist broke labor laws, says RI Labor Relations Board By CATHERINE WELCH
The Rhode Island Labor Relations Board has found that Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has violated state labor laws.
URI president: we'll work with the new education board By CATHERINE WELCH
URI President David Dooley says while he doesn't think merging the boards governing K-12 and higher education is the best model, he thinks Rhode Island will find a way to make it work. The new board is scheduled to become effective in January.
Commissioner Gist reflects on brain surgery By ELISABETH HARRISON
Just two months ago, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist was heading into surgery for a brain tumor, which doctors believe they removed in its entirety. Today, she's back on the job full-time.
Giving Tuesday celebrated at Salve Regina U By FLO JONIC
You've heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Well, now you can add another annual tradition to your holiday calendar. Today is "Giving Tuesday," a day to honor your favorite charity with a donation.
Commissioner Gist returns after surgery By ELISABETH HARRISON
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is back on the job, and she says she's feeling great. Just two months ago Gist had brain surgery to remove a tumor.
Outgoing higher ed chair raises questions about unified board By ELISABETH HARRISON
Lorne Adrain, the outgoing chair of the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education assesses the current state of higher education in RI and what he sees for the future.
Gov. Chafee taps George Caruolo to head new education board By CATHERINE WELCH
Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he wants George Caruolo to chair the state's new Board of Education. The new board is a combination of the boards that manage K-12 and state colleges and universities.