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Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do

It’s nothing new that Sheldon Whitehouse oozes hypocrisy but I am most rankled by his comments, actions, and over the top rhetoric when it comes to education because that’s where my focus lies. He is currently engaged in a war on Betsy DeVos, President Elect Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary who begins confirmation hearings today.… Continue reading Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do

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Little Rhody: Strong on School Finance, Weak on Student Achievement

Rhode Island has never found national rankings to be its friend whether about education, family prosperity, or drug use and sadly, too many of our lawmakers and leaders prefer to criticize the lists or argue about the risk of making comparisons rather than stare our deficiencies in the face and strive to get better. Luckily, our Governor… Continue reading Little Rhody: Strong on School Finance, Weak on Student Achievement

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2016: The Good Stuff

There is rare consensus that 2016 was no ordinary year and there’s no doubt that in the minds of many, 2017 couldn’t have come fast enough. The political rhetoric and division was at full tilt for what felt like forever, hugely influential and beloved icons like Prince, George Michael, and Carrie Fisher passed away suddenly, trailblazing familiar faces… Continue reading 2016: The Good Stuff

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#edchatri Talks Teacher Prep and How to Improve It

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NEA’s Bob Walsh: Blocking, Begging, and Belittling

Bob Walsh, Executive Director of the NEA in Rhode Island, is a smart guy. Unlike some others in his organization, he makes his case respectfully and the scope of his technical knowledge is infinite. But last week he left me truly stumped (and a bit appalled) after an appearance on A Lively Experiment on our local… Continue reading NEA’s Bob Walsh: Blocking, Begging, and Belittling

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Student Outcomes and Parent Satisfaction Must be Front and Center in Debate over AF

As another charter battle heats up in Little Rhody, the usual status quo protectors are talking about everything except what matters most: student outcomes and parent demand. And when it comes to Achievement First, the charter school looking to expand, it’s impossible to deny that they’ve earned the privilege of doing so. They’ve proven the… Continue reading Student Outcomes and Parent Satisfaction Must be Front and Center in Debate over AF

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Governor Raimondo Works to Unite Rhode Islanders and Quell their Fears

Just this week, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo was praised by the Wall Street Journal in a piece entitled “An Island of Rationality in Blue State New England.” They see her as a Democrat who is bucking the party’s progressive trend and actually getting big things done, including talking honestly about the link between lack… Continue reading Governor Raimondo Works to Unite Rhode Islanders and Quell their Fears

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A Note to Staff from Providence Superintendent in Wake of a Divided America

Providence Superintendent Chris Maher sent the following to all Providence Public Schools staff Wednesday night. “Providence Public Schools Community: While the rhetoric of a divided America dominates the media, in our Providence Public Schools community, let us continue to demonstrate unity and provide support to all of our students and peers, regardless of their background… Continue reading A Note to Staff from Providence Superintendent in Wake of a Divided America

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Student Voice: How Her School Came Together in Unity on the Heels of Election ’16

This guest post is written by Annavonh Phasouvor, a senior at Central High School.  @CentKnights Join us as we circle CHS tomorrow at 2:30 in an act of #unity for our school community. @esanzi @TurquoiseLady1 @jmendelsohn12 — [email protected] (@Carlson1Knights) November 9, 2016 Central High School in Providence, Rhode Island came together two days after the… Continue reading Student Voice: How Her School Came Together in Unity on the Heels of Election ’16

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When it Comes to Fighting for Kids, Hillary Will Be a Voice in my Head

I voted for Hillary Clinton. I wasn’t excited about it as so many other women, young and old, were. And the #ImWithHer movement didn’t resonate all that much with me because those who wrapped themselves in the hashtag and wore pantsuits to vote have never been willing to do the same for other women candidates, albeit conservative,… Continue reading When it Comes to Fighting for Kids, Hillary Will Be a Voice in my Head