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Real Leaders Don’t Blame Poverty For Low Scores

We have a problem when the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Principals Association, Joseph H. Crowley, feels the need to pen an op-ed that essentially gives up on poor children and makes the claim that their low scores on PARCC are solely a result of poverty and that schools are powerless to do anything… Continue reading Real Leaders Don’t Blame Poverty For Low Scores

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Texas Teacher Shows the Power of Empathy and Sets and Example for the Rest of Us.

This may be the first time I’m linking a Valerie Strauss feature to my blog because she and I rarely see things the same way. But the Texas teacher featured on the Answer Sheet blog at the Washington Post today captured my mind and heart today. Emily Elizabeth Smith, 5th grade teacher from Austin, Texas,… Continue reading Texas Teacher Shows the Power of Empathy and Sets and Example for the Rest of Us.

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5 Minutes Away But 40 Percent Better on PARCC

Tests aren’t everything. But they aren’t nothing either. And with the results of our first round of PARCC testing now public, Rhode Islanders would be wise to fight our natural urge to dismiss test scores and poo poo comparisons to neighboring states. Instead, we should boldly ask ourselves the hard question: Why is the state… Continue reading 5 Minutes Away But 40 Percent Better on PARCC

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Marty Walsh is no Scott Walker

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh finds himself in the cross-hairs over his commitment to improving his city’s public schools and his belief that charter schools are an integral part of achieving that goal. Perhaps the silliest assertion laid at his feet in recent days comes from a short blog by Charles Pierce at Esquire that accuses… Continue reading Marty Walsh is no Scott Walker

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PARCC over Politics? One Can Hope.

It makes sense that Massachusetts sits at the top of the K-12 education rankings consistently. While so many states struggle with mediocre standards, poor student performance, and cultures of low educational expectations, Massachusetts has always been the model, the aspiration. And deservedly so. The Baystate has shown itself to be a leader on the education… Continue reading PARCC over Politics? One Can Hope.

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I Don’t See Privilege. I Just Enjoy It.

Perhaps in a perfect world, the very popular concept of local control and state’s rights could be as idyllic as so many make it out to be. But the ideal of local control and the reality of local control are two very different things and never have I been more keenly aware of it than… Continue reading I Don’t See Privilege. I Just Enjoy It.

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Stop Pointing Fingers at New York and Clean Up Your Own Backyard

There is big controversy in New York over alleged high suspension rates and high mobility rates at Success Academy Charter Schools and the heat has recently been turned up by a hard hitting piece in The New York Times. We do not have any Success Academy Charter Schools in Rhode Island. Tim Duffy is the… Continue reading Stop Pointing Fingers at New York and Clean Up Your Own Backyard