School Talk

Vesia Hawkins: Parents are Busy Making Choices

My Tennessee pal Vesia Hawkins weighed in on the recent report by EdChoice called Schooling in America and I must say that the findings that jumped out at Vesia also jumped out at me. According to the report, teachers overwhelmingly don’t trust parents and that makes for some head scratching for the millions of parents… Continue reading Vesia Hawkins: Parents are Busy Making Choices

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Her Son’s Professor Says that Access to Quality Education is No Longer a Problem in Her City…Say What?

Cheryl Kirk is a mom from Indianapolis who knows a lot about access—and lack of access—to quality education. She knows that the playing field isn’t level and her two older children, who attended school through a voucher program, know it too. Her son is in his first year of college and was given the assignment… Continue reading Her Son’s Professor Says that Access to Quality Education is No Longer a Problem in Her City…Say What?

School Talk

Talking RICAS and NEA (and Shock Jocks?) on TV—and God, fix my hair next time!

I had the pleasure of sitting with Dan Yorke for a half hour to talk about the biggest education stories in Rhode Island in recent weeks—and it has been a busy couple weeks with test score results, a crazy school committee situation in South Kingstown, and a federal lawsuit (we didn’t get to the lawsuit.)… Continue reading Talking RICAS and NEA (and Shock Jocks?) on TV—and God, fix my hair next time!

Rhode Island · School Talk

RICAS Results Are Major Wake-Up Call

In April 2017 Rhode Island leaders in government and education came together to form a rare united front in support of the bold decision to adopt the same statewide test that Massachusetts uses for its annual testing. They called it MCAS; we would call it RICAS. Superintendents, school committees, union leaders, legislative leaders and even… Continue reading RICAS Results Are Major Wake-Up Call

Rhode Island · School Talk

Central Falls Super Bowl Championship Not a Fluke

By David Upegui Cold mornings, early sunsets, Thanksgiving time. It is the end of the high school football season  this year, Central Falls High School has won the Division III state championship. This year feels special. A group of dedicated and talented coaches and athletes worked together, against the odds, to achieve this amazing feat.… Continue reading Central Falls Super Bowl Championship Not a Fluke

Rhode Island · School Talk

The Fox is Guarding the Hen House

Saying that the fox is guarding the hen house is an understatement when someone who works for the National Education Association of Rhode Island is elected to sit on a local school committee and then appointed to vice president of that committee. But in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with the recent election of Sarah Markey,… Continue reading The Fox is Guarding the Hen House

School Talk

A Message of Thanks to my Mom Village

Dear moms of my village, It’s impossible to be a mom in 2018 and not rely on a village of other women—mostly moms—to keep the trains of life running at all, let alone on time. Whether it’s rides for the kids to practice or home from school, someone to listen while I vent on a… Continue reading A Message of Thanks to my Mom Village

Rhode Island · School Talk

Let’s Protect Minors Before We Worry About Ourselves…OK Ladies?

We are a year into the #metoo movement and it remains legal in the state of Rhode Island for teachers, coaches, school bus drivers, guidance counselors and all other school personnel to engage in sexual relationships with students in their care, as long as they have turned 16. One of the reasons we continue to… Continue reading Let’s Protect Minors Before We Worry About Ourselves…OK Ladies?

School Talk

This is More than Hazing. It’s Rape.

Five junior varsity football players in Maryland—who are also juveniles— have been charged with 2nd degree rape. The victims? Four of their teammates. The rape charges are in connection with an alleged attack in the locker room of Montgomery County’s Damascus High School on the afternoon of Halloween. According to the police report, the assailants… Continue reading This is More than Hazing. It’s Rape.

Mommy Mayhem

Farewell Uterus, Hello Domestic Diva-man, and Thanks to Good Friends and Kind Nurses

Sometimes we are forced to take a break from our normal routine because our bodies say so and that was the case for me this past week when I had to pop into Women and Infants Hospital in Providence for a quick fix-me-up from having all those babies a decade ago and, well, gravity. As… Continue reading Farewell Uterus, Hello Domestic Diva-man, and Thanks to Good Friends and Kind Nurses