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Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector

Most people in Rhode Island don’t even have a full understanding of what a charter school actually is so it’s highly unlikely that they are aware of the disadvantages these public schools of choice face when it comes to acquiring needed space and facilities. While traditional school districts do not pay for their facilities out… Continue reading Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector

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NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores are out today and the news for Rhode Island is not good. Often called the “nation’s report card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics assessments are administered to a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students in each state every two years. NAEP… Continue reading NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

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Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

It turns out that one of Amazon’s considerations in deciding where to build it’s second headquarters—or HQ2— is the average SAT (or ACT) score of students in the cities on their list of potential options. Not only does it figure into their calculation of what the local talent pool will look like in the coming… Continue reading Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

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The Ghost of Donny Evans Still Haunts RI Decision Makers and Students Lose Out

(This piece was updated at 10:16 am to add Pawtucket as a district that also has school today. I missed them when I first published. My apologies.) Every single district in Rhode Island, with two exceptions, announced yesterday afternoon or last night that school would be cancelled today and many of us can’t, for the… Continue reading The Ghost of Donny Evans Still Haunts RI Decision Makers and Students Lose Out

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Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

While it’s not totally surprising that some members on my own town council are hesitant to embrace or welcome the children of families who can’t afford a single family home, it is disappointing to hear them speak of children as nothing more than dollars and cents for the school system. But that’s what a few… Continue reading Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

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Providence Students React to Seeing Black Panther

Tufts Health Plan paid for 260 Providence high school students to attend a screening of the film Black Panther as part of the Black Panther Challenge. The challenge is a national movement that was organized to help urban youth see this film that represents their first opportunity to see a superhero movie with a cast… Continue reading Providence Students React to Seeing Black Panther

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Providence Mayor Elorza Wants a Transformational Contract for Teachers — Here’s What It Should Look Like

When Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was recently shouted down by the city’s teachers throughout the entirety of his state of the city address, he was forced to answer some questions about the current status of negotiations between his administration and the Providence Teachers’ Union. Anyone in the chamber that night— or watching from home as… Continue reading Providence Mayor Elorza Wants a Transformational Contract for Teachers — Here’s What It Should Look Like

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TV Appearance with Dan Yorke—Tragedy in Florida, Strengthening RI’s Consent Law, and Proficiency Goals that Are Too Low

It is always a pleasure to visit the set of Dan Yorke State of Mind and have a conversation about education issues. I wasn’t planning to talk about a devastating school shooting when I was booked to do the show but obviously that was the first thing to come up. After talking about the complexity… Continue reading TV Appearance with Dan Yorke—Tragedy in Florida, Strengthening RI’s Consent Law, and Proficiency Goals that Are Too Low

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My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.

Note: Edy Pineda was my student as an 8th grader. It is incredibly special and rewarding for me to see him now as he waits to hear from colleges and uses his voice and his story to speak up on behalf of all the kids, like him, who fear what will happen if our elected… Continue reading My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.

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I Had the Best Time With My Former Students This Week: Girl Time, College Essays, and Lots of Laughs

Anyone who has worked in a school can tell you that students can be tonic for the soul. Without realizing they are doing it, they pull us out of ourselves—our lousy morning, a bad mood, and even a really bad hair day. It is impossible to be focused on oneself inside a school because it… Continue reading I Had the Best Time With My Former Students This Week: Girl Time, College Essays, and Lots of Laughs