School Talk

Let’s Ignore the Adult Drama and Focus on Outcomes for Students

Media folks and others were quick to notice that Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was absent from the press conference where the new superintendent of Providence Schools, Harrison Peters, was officially introduced. His office says he wasn’t invited. And predictably, his absence has now become a story —and that is part of our problem. We rail… Continue reading Let’s Ignore the Adult Drama and Focus on Outcomes for Students

Rhode Island

Providence Finally Has a New Superintendent

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green has finally announced who will take the reins of the Providence Public Schools in the wake of the Johns Hopkins report and subsequent state takeover. His name is Harrison Peters and he comes to Little Rhody by way of Florida. Infante-Green didn’t sugarcoat the challenges that await Mr. Peters… Continue reading Providence Finally Has a New Superintendent

Rhode Island · School Talk

RI Pension Fund Finally Divests from Guns and Private Prisons — What Took So Long?

Seth Magaziner, the treasurer of my state of Rhode Island, loves to make a big political splash and he did just that on Wednesday with a long overdue announcement that the Rhode Island public pension fund will finally stop investing in companies that either operate private for-profit prisons or make assault-style weapons that are sold… Continue reading RI Pension Fund Finally Divests from Guns and Private Prisons — What Took So Long?

School Talk

Legislative Leaders Signal Support for Bill to Finally Criminalize Sex Between Teachers and Students

Rhode Island is one of only a few states that allows teachers and other school staff, under the law, to engage in sexual activity with the children in their care. While we watch teachers, coaches, substitutes and bus drivers across the country carted off in handcuffs for engaging in sex acts with minors, those stories… Continue reading Legislative Leaders Signal Support for Bill to Finally Criminalize Sex Between Teachers and Students

School Talk

Representative Blake Filippi Stands Up for Parents, Calls Out Hypocrisy of RI Elected Officials

Rhode Island Governor Raimondo (D) presented her State of the State address last night, quickly followed by a rebuttal by House Minority Leader Blake Filippi. While Raimondo spoke at length about education, she admitted that the the system in Providence is “broken” and promised that the district would adopt new curriculum, increase access to Advanced… Continue reading Representative Blake Filippi Stands Up for Parents, Calls Out Hypocrisy of RI Elected Officials

Rhode Island · School Talk

Providence Teachers’ Union President Apologizes—and I appreciate that.

We should all aspire to hold ourselves to a standard of waiting until we know all the facts before launching accusations at anybody and that is especially true for public figures. Maribeth Calabro, the president of the Providence Teachers’ Union, failed that test when she used her Facebook page to accuse the Pilgrim High School… Continue reading Providence Teachers’ Union President Apologizes—and I appreciate that.

School Talk

Rhode Island Could Learn A Lot from Texas

I know, I know. Many of you from the northeast are already rolling your eyes and scoffing at the mere suggestion that we New Englanders, the enlightened ones, could learn anything from Texas. Time to take off the blinders, guys. Texas just implemented a ‘Do Not Hire’ registry for teachers who are under investigation for… Continue reading Rhode Island Could Learn A Lot from Texas

School Talk

Why Can’t Matt Damon Just Listen to Ricky Gervais?

Thank your agent, thank your God, and fuck off. Okay? When comedian Ricky Gervais took a flamethrower to the Golden Globes last night and called out the Hollywood elites for their hypocrisy and faux-wokeness, I immediately thought of Matt Damon. The father of four who shot to stardom after his lead role in Good Will Hunting has… Continue reading Why Can’t Matt Damon Just Listen to Ricky Gervais?

School Talk

This System Keeps Poor Kids Out

I was scrolling through Twitter this morning and noticed a thread by Mehrsa Baradaran being shared by lots of people I follow. I simultaneously nodded in agreement and shook my head in frustration as I read through the tweets that detailed her experience helping a student with college applications. Below is the entire thread: So… Continue reading This System Keeps Poor Kids Out

Mommy Mayhem

Gingerbread Houses Aren’t my Jam. And That’s Ok.

Every year at Christmas time, we moms really feel the pressure. Sure, we feel it during back-to-school season and in June when school is wrapping up but there is something unique about Christmas that moves us in the direction of trying to be someone that we’re not. In my case, this attempt to be someone… Continue reading Gingerbread Houses Aren’t my Jam. And That’s Ok.