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11-Year-Old Providence Student: We Don’t Let Animals Live in the Conditions Present In Our Schools

Since the release of the blistering Johns Hopkins report on the Providence Public Schools, the new state education commissioner, Angélica Infante Green, and the city’s Mayor, Jorge Elorza, have hosted 9 open community forums in different schools around the city. Today marked the last two forums—one in English, one in Spanish—and one of the speakers… Continue reading 11-Year-Old Providence Student: We Don’t Let Animals Live in the Conditions Present In Our Schools

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Vesia Hawkins Has An Independence Day Message To The System Protectors and Opportunity Hoarders

It’s not broken. It was built this way. It was built to oppress. It was built to control. It was built for profit. It was built for political gain and power. It lives off of us. – Ava DuVernay On the weekend leading up to Juneteenth, Black Americans’ Independence Day and my wedding anniversary, I… Continue reading Vesia Hawkins Has An Independence Day Message To The System Protectors and Opportunity Hoarders

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Sounding the Alarm for Boys in Our Schools

Legendary actress Meryl Streep recently garnered a considerable amount of media attention during a Vanity Fair panel about the second season of HBO’s series “Big Little Lies.” Much to the surprise of many, Streep was highly critical of the phrase “toxic masculinity,” asserting that the use of it actually “hurts our boys.” She went on… Continue reading Sounding the Alarm for Boys in Our Schools

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Pointing Fingers Is a Must

Rats. Asbestos. Lead paint. Brown water. Paint peeling off in sheets. Raw sewage. Fewer than 10 percent of 8th grade students able to read and do math at grade level. Ineffective and abusive teachers who can’t be terminated. Classroom work consistently far below grade level. Students watching Netflix and YouTube on their phones during class.… Continue reading Pointing Fingers Is a Must

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New RI Commish Says There Is No Way She Would Send Her Own Children to a Providence School

Angélica Infante-Green did not pull any punches when answering questions about a devastating report released yesterday by Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy. When asked to describe the report in a word, she said “heart-wrenching.” And anyone who has read the 93-page report likely knows exactly why she landed on that word. When asked… Continue reading New RI Commish Says There Is No Way She Would Send Her Own Children to a Providence School

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Guest Post: What if Better Isn’t Better

By Blake Harvard I saw this quote as I scrolled through my twitter feed this morning: I’ve seen this quote a few times and haven’t thought too much about it. This morning, however, I really took a bit to consider its meaning. Let me be clear…I’m not knocking this quote. I’m not a big fan… Continue reading Guest Post: What if Better Isn’t Better

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Some Straight Talk About Why Students in Warwick Are Crying At a Microphone And Storming City Hall

While hoards of Warwick students headed to the microphone at last night’s school committee meeting, many in tears over the elimination of all sports and clubs from the budget, it is unlikely that any of them understand the recklessness that got them to this painful place. When you have already closed schools and laid off… Continue reading Some Straight Talk About Why Students in Warwick Are Crying At a Microphone And Storming City Hall

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Today It’s Kyle Kashuv, Tomorrow It Could Be You

“Racist” and “Stupid” are not synonyms and sometimes it seems like some people would like for them to be. In the wake of the decision by Harvard University to rescind Parkland survivor and conservative activist Kyle Kashuv’s acceptance because of text messages and shared electronic documents in which he wrote racist slurs, a national debate… Continue reading Today It’s Kyle Kashuv, Tomorrow It Could Be You

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Stop Talking About Teachers Like They Are All the Same

As a former teacher and school committee member and as the mother of three school-aged children, the lazy and often propaganda-laden way of speaking about teachers as some sort of monolith has always bothered me. Not only is it intellectually dishonest but it directly impedes well intentioned efforts to professionalize the sector. Teachers aren’t identical… Continue reading Stop Talking About Teachers Like They Are All the Same

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Citizen Stewart Responds—via Twitter—to Bernie Sanders’ Education Proposal

A couple Fridays ago, late in the day, the Bernie Sanders campaign released its education plan, the “Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education.” Chris Stewart, father of three school aged children and CEO of Education Post—for whom I work—shared his thoughts and asked questions by way of a compelling Twitter thread last week. I have… Continue reading Citizen Stewart Responds—via Twitter—to Bernie Sanders’ Education Proposal