Massachusetts · Rhode Island

No Monolith Here, John

‘Tis the season for annual testing results and in my state of Rhode Island, that means we are hearing about how we did on PARCC. There is some good news in terms of the direction we are moving, mostly bad news about where we actually are, and a real life example of why charter schools… Continue reading No Monolith Here, John

Rhode Island

The Other 97 Percent, an Ugly Rhode Island Secret

  When kids don’t graduate, it has lifelong consequences.   Those are the recent words of Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner and there is no doubt that he is right. A high school diploma is widely accepted as the absolute bare minimum when it comes to educating students in 2016 and while most would… Continue reading The Other 97 Percent, an Ugly Rhode Island Secret

School Talk

Hey Wellesley, Let’s Support Access to Great Schools for All Massachusetts Children and #LifttheCap

(This piece first ran in The Wellesley Townsman here on July 27, 2016)   I graduated from Wellesley High School in 1991. I was lucky to have excellent schools in the premier zip code that became my own in 1979 as a young girl entering the first grade at Hardy School. And now as a former educator… Continue reading Hey Wellesley, Let’s Support Access to Great Schools for All Massachusetts Children and #LifttheCap

Massachusetts · School Talk

Holy Charter-Cap-Question Twitter Rant by Columbia Professor!

Sarah Cohodes blasted out 37 tweets about Massachusetts’ Question 2—about charter schools—on the November ballot. Check it out.

School Talk

After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now

I talk about expectations all the time and how we must ensure that the bar for our students and our children is a high one. And I firmly believe that to be true. But I realized last week that my feelings about the 2016 election put me in the crosshairs of potential hypocrisy. I wasn’t… Continue reading After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now