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Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

It would be an understatement to say that the earth shook a bit in Providence last week when the United States Department of Justice revealed that Providence Public Schools has got a major problem when it comes to how it is serving—and not serving—its English Language Learners. We now know that PPSD and the DOJ… Continue reading Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

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WPRI’s Dan McGowan With a ‘Must Read’ on the Guilty Verdict of School Principal Violet LeMar

We are very lucky to have Dan McGowan in Providence because he provides us with the information that all of us want and often struggle to find. In the aftermath of the multi-day trial of elementary school principal Violet LeMar in which the judge found her guilty, McGowan does his best to help all of… Continue reading WPRI’s Dan McGowan With a ‘Must Read’ on the Guilty Verdict of School Principal Violet LeMar

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Feels Like Groundhog Day in RI With Another Arrest of a School Official for Failure to Report Abuse

It’s beginning to feel a bit like Groundhog Day around here when it comes to school officials’ failure to follow the law around mandatory reporting. After a two month investigation, a Providence elementary school principal has been arrested for failure to follow mandatory reporting laws despite her knowledge of alleged abuse of 11 year old… Continue reading Feels Like Groundhog Day in RI With Another Arrest of a School Official for Failure to Report Abuse

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Stay Up to Date on Providence Teacher Arrest

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NewsReel: Voices of Change, a Haven for Teen Moms, and Sexual Molestation Charges Filed Against Elementary PE Teacher

First, the Good News 1. Read about these leaders who are working to reshape the education landscape in Little Rhody. I am lucky enough to know them personally so I’m extra happy to see their work highlighted here. The mom quoted in the piece speaks for many parents (and I was lucky enough to teach her… Continue reading NewsReel: Voices of Change, a Haven for Teen Moms, and Sexual Molestation Charges Filed Against Elementary PE Teacher

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Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

WPRI reporter Dan McGowan has done a deep dive about Rhode Island’s new plan to improve schools. Under the new federal education law ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), each state is required to submit a plan that must be approved by the US Department of Education and the day to submit is getting close. McGowan… Continue reading Dan McGowan’s Awesome Explainer on Rhode Island’s Plan to Improve Schools

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Grad Rates are Up and Moody’s Gives Nod to Free College

#1 On The Rise Rhode island’s high school graduation rates continue to rise. That is good news. The state now boasts a rate of 85 percent, up from 77 percent in 2011 and some schools and districts have seen double digit gains in recent years. While we didn’t see any drops based on race or… Continue reading Grad Rates are Up and Moody’s Gives Nod to Free College