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Dear NAACP, Don’t Talk About Equality, Be About It!

By Jason Allen Don’t get me wrong, as a member of the NAACP, former youth & college division leader, founder of the my college chapter and liaison between local schools to the ACTSO competition, I believe in the local, regional and national work of NAACP leaders. However, this time, I believe that the NAACP as… Continue reading Dear NAACP, Don’t Talk About Equality, Be About It!

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Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT

Rhode Island 10th and 11th graders took the PSAT and SATs for free for the first time this year. The PSAT was administered in the fall and just last week, during the school day, high school juniors took the SAT.  They are the first cohort of students to benefit from Governor Raimondo’s free SAT/PSAT plan… Continue reading Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT

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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

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Randi and Lily: This was supposed to be our moment but alas, looks like #ImwithHim (no, not Trump. John King!)

I was excited. This was going to be it.  I was finally going to proudly stand with Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers and Lily Eskelson Garcia of the National Education Association in the fight for equity. We were finally going to find ourselves standing firmly, together, on that ever so elusive surface… Continue reading Randi and Lily: This was supposed to be our moment but alas, looks like #ImwithHim (no, not Trump. John King!)