Blog · Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island

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

Blog · Rhode Island

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

Massachusetts

Guest Post: A Letter from Beth

Beth Anderson is a lifelong Democrat voter, a mom, and the founder and CEO of Phoenix Charter Academy Network, which serves disengaged, off-track youth in urban communities across Massachusetts.  Friends, supporters, collaborators and believers – I am writing to you today a little differently – independently as a Democrat voter, a mom and an educator… Continue reading Guest Post: A Letter from Beth

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Guest Post: Massachusetts Millennials Have Unique Opportunity to Use Their Voting Power to Help Children

Millennials wield a great deal of power in this election and that rings particularly true in Boston. According to SPARK Boston, millennials make up nearly half of the city’s workforce and approximately 45 percent of eligible voters. I am one of them. Yet, I’m guessing most millennials haven’t spent much time thinking about how they… Continue reading Guest Post: Massachusetts Millennials Have Unique Opportunity to Use Their Voting Power to Help Children

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Madeloni: Democracy Takes Time, Kids. You Poor Black and Brown Kids Are Just Going to Have to Wait

Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni has her own convenient version of what a democracy is. And she believes that, in the name of democracy,  parents zoned to chronically under-performing schools just need to wait for better schools and she said exactly that on WBUR’s Radio Boston on October 19, 2015 in an interview with… Continue reading Madeloni: Democracy Takes Time, Kids. You Poor Black and Brown Kids Are Just Going to Have to Wait

Rhode Island

Gifted on the South Side and Finally Getting the Chance to Show It

If there is one thing that has haunted me over the years as an educator (now former) and as a mother, it is the disparity in expectations for students that glaringly breaks down around race and class. And Rhode Island is no exception. While students of means are often pushed to write thesis statements (and defend… Continue reading Gifted on the South Side and Finally Getting the Chance to Show It

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EduShyster Tries to Erase the Will of Massachusetts Parents of Color

Perhaps the most grotesque tactic on the #NoOn2 side is to deny how parents of color really feel about the issue of lifting the charter cap that will appear on the ballot. While polling has consistently shown strong support for Question 2 among non-white voters — and this holds true regarding school choice nationally —… Continue reading EduShyster Tries to Erase the Will of Massachusetts Parents of Color