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ACLU Reveals Extensive Providence Police Surveillance of Peaceful Protests; No Guidelines In Place

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 |Category: Free Speech Police Practices

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island expressed alarm today that, without any regulations governing the practice, the Providence Police Department has been videotaping peaceful demonstrations the past two years. Even more disturbingly, the videotaping has often focused on other people, including journalists, who are recording the events, rather than trying to document illegal activity, suggesting that the real purpose of the recordings is to intimidate protesters engaging in First Amendment-protected activity.

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Legislation To Make It A Felony To Obstruct Traffic Is Short-Sighted, Unnecessary

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 |Category: Free Speech

The Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island that a Sa bill that would make it a felony to “loiter” on a highway, causing a “distraction” or “delay” of motorists has the potential to curtail the civil liberties not only of lawful protesters but also of individuals experiencing homelessness and living in poverty.

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In Latest High Stakes Testing Flap, Organizations Call For Reversal of Department of Education Plans

Posted: Jan 20, 2015 |Category: Students' Rights

A number of community and advocacy organizations are calling on the Council of Elementary and Secondary Education to promptly overturn guidance issued by Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist that advises school districts they can use the PARCC exam as a high-stakes test graduation requirement as early as 2017, three years before the 2020 starting date the Council had originally proposed.

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Depending On Their Address, Students Could Face High Stakes Testing

Posted: Jan 05, 2015 |Category: Students' Rights

At a work session today, the Rhode Island Board of Education's Council on Elementary and Secondary Education is considering revised Secondary School Regulations that would allow local school districts to adopt high stakes testing as a graduation requirement once the moratorium on such testing ends in 2017, creating a system in which Rhode Island students are held to different standards based solely on where they live. As the regulations had been originally proposed, a high stakes testing moratorium would have uniformly been in place across the state until 2020.

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