Rhode Island · School Talk

Governor Raimondo Must Take the Lead in Acknowledging that Way Too Many RI Students are Graduating Unprepared for College

In September, CCRI reported a 47 percent jump in its enrollment of full-time students who have just graduated high school, a boost that the college attributed to the promise of two years of free tuition. But the college later acknowledged that only a fraction of those students were on track to graduate in two years.… Continue reading Governor Raimondo Must Take the Lead in Acknowledging that Way Too Many RI Students are Graduating Unprepared for College

Rhode Island · School Talk

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

Rhode Island · School Talk

BowFlex Update and Still No Mention of Student Outcomes (But We Did Get a Little Closer)

As I continue on my Bowflex journey—I’m in week 2—I found myself again leaning on my Governor to to get me through a work out. This time, instead of it being her annual State of the State address, it was a rare visit to the television studio as a guest Dan Yorke State of Mind.… Continue reading BowFlex Update and Still No Mention of Student Outcomes (But We Did Get a Little Closer)

Mommy Mayhem · Rhode Island · School Talk

My New BowFlex, The State of the Littlest State, and the Best T-Shirt I’ve Ever Bought

Tonight was the Rhode Island Governor’s State of the State Address. Gina Raimondo is beginning the final year of her first term and her address was predictable in that it had some stellar moments and well deserved applause lines as well as some glaring omissions. But I am already indebted to my Governor because her… Continue reading My New BowFlex, The State of the Littlest State, and the Best T-Shirt I’ve Ever Bought

School Talk

Big Loophole in RI (and MA) Consent Law and My First Visit to a local TV studio

It’s always exciting when you have something to say and someone else with a platform wants to hear it. Lucky for me, Rhode Island’s Dan Yorke of WPRO and Dan Yorke State of Mind on Fox Providence was interested in learning more about our total weak sauce consent law in Rhode Island that lacks any provision… Continue reading Big Loophole in RI (and MA) Consent Law and My First Visit to a local TV studio

Rhode Island · School Talk

Bipartisan Support for Free College All the Way From Tennessee

Bipartisanship has come to Rhode Island and it is thanks to the RI Promise Scholarship proposal, the plan to make our public colleges and universities free for two years for all students. The plan is arguably the most comprehensive of its kind but is facing push back from the legislature, particularly the Speaker of the… Continue reading Bipartisan Support for Free College All the Way From Tennessee

Rhode Island

Rhode Island is Getting Smarter (and More Like Mass)

Rhode Island is making a big change in how it assesses students that will bring us in line with Massachusetts in grades 3-8 and reduce testing time by 50 percent at the high school level. PARCC will no longer be the test we administer in Rhode Island so while the teaching standards will remain the… Continue reading Rhode Island is Getting Smarter (and More Like Mass)

School Talk

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

Rhode Island

NewsReel: RI Foundation has $1.8 million for scholarships, More Support for #freecollegeRI, and a Bachata Snow Day Video

#1 Scholarship Time It’s that exciting time of year when high school seniors wait on pins and needles to see if they’ve been accepted to the colleges and universities of their choice. And it is also the time of year when the state’s largest philanthropic organization, The Rhode Island Foundation, reminds those headed to college… Continue reading NewsReel: RI Foundation has $1.8 million for scholarships, More Support for #freecollegeRI, and a Bachata Snow Day Video

Rhode Island

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