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Peisch: Repealing Common Core Would Be a Huge Mistake

Representative Alice Peisch (D) from Massachusetts is no stranger to education battles these days and often it’s all we can do not to bang our heads against the wall when we hear legislators speak in platitudes or openly pander to special interests instead of carving out bold positions that are in the best interest of… Continue reading Peisch: Repealing Common Core Would Be a Huge Mistake

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Let’s Bring The Noise on PARCC

PARCC testing begins tomorrow for my boys. Well, the youngest is in first grade and doesn’t take it yet but my 3rd and 5th graders are ready to go. They talk of it matter of factly, with the oldest claiming he actually likes testing days. I kind of used to be the same way, enjoying… Continue reading Let’s Bring The Noise on PARCC

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Rhode Island Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Expanding Charter Schools

The much awaited Brown University Poll is out and while it’s sort of interesting to know that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appear to be the primary front-runners and that Rhode Islanders generally support spending state funds to promote tourism, the numbers that quite literally jumped off the page are these: Likely voters were asked about… Continue reading Rhode Island Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Expanding Charter Schools

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Pawtucket Supe Sees Major Results in Commitment to DecreasingSuspensions and Getting Discipline Right

DiCenso at Milken Award ceremony. (photo courtesy of Milken) Superintendent Patti DiCenso made a commitment to changing the way her district of Pawtucket, Rhode Island does discipline; more specifically, the out of school suspensions for non egregious actions needed to stop. “Suspensions Became The Tool” – Patti DiCenso, Superintendent DiCenso is open about how bad… Continue reading Pawtucket Supe Sees Major Results in Commitment to DecreasingSuspensions and Getting Discipline Right

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RI Pols: Blocking Charters and Blocking on Twitter

The disconnect between Rhode Island lawmakers and Rhode Island parents came into even sharper focus this week when the Rhode Island Department of Education released the number of children who applied to charter schools for the 2016-2017 school year and we learned that demand for school choice is at an all time high in the… Continue reading RI Pols: Blocking Charters and Blocking on Twitter

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Follow Gatorade’s Lead and Be Like Mass

Be Like Mike. Those three words were part of a very catchy, even iconic, Gatorade commercial back in the early 1990’s featuring Michael Jordan shining on the basketball court, and smiling big while surrounded by crowds of kids and fans who wanted to be just like him.                 … Continue reading Follow Gatorade’s Lead and Be Like Mass

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Above All Else, Black and Latino Parents want Safe Challenging Schools with Great Teachers

Black and Latino parents recently had the unique opportunity to share what they believe to be the most important components a school must have in order to be great and there is no room for doubt that high quality teachers top their list.On behalf of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research recently… Continue reading Above All Else, Black and Latino Parents want Safe Challenging Schools with Great Teachers

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Guest Blog: Parent With Children in Both Charter and Traditional Thinks People Say the Darndest Things

I’m often amazed at how anti-charter advocates don’t realize the full impact of the arguments they make.  They say the darndest things. Recently one charter opponent with whom I exchange views from time to time expressed his firmly held belief that only “involved” parents ever chose a charter for their child, leaving behind the poor,… Continue reading Guest Blog: Parent With Children in Both Charter and Traditional Thinks People Say the Darndest Things

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Julia Steiny: The Government is Abusing and Neglecting Kids

Julia Steiny has been writing about education in Rhode Island for years and in her piece excerpted and linked below, she shines a light on how the governance of public education is a “nasty political power game.”  In her most recent column at Education News entitled, “How Governments Abuse and Neglect Kids”, she shares her… Continue reading Julia Steiny: The Government is Abusing and Neglecting Kids

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CT Board of Ed Says After One Year Delay, It’s Full Steam Ahead on Teacher Eval

The Connecticut State Board of Education has drawn a line in the sand that after this one year delay they’ve just approved, there will be no more stalling, no more talking, no more politicking over the issue of teacher and principal evaluations being linked to student test scores.  It will happen. And that’s a really… Continue reading CT Board of Ed Says After One Year Delay, It’s Full Steam Ahead on Teacher Eval