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Elementary Music Teacher Arrested for Child Porn (He Has Taught in Florida, Massachusetts and Rhode Island)

I wish I could say that I’m surprised that a local elementary school teacher has been arrested for possession of child pornography. But I’m not. My heart goes out to the parents at the two elementary schools in North Providence where he teaches as well as to the staff at both schools. State police have… Continue reading Elementary Music Teacher Arrested for Child Porn (He Has Taught in Florida, Massachusetts and Rhode Island)

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We Deserve A Lot More From A Reporter—Perhaps It’s Time to Start an Opinion Column

Imagine my frustration when I saw a tweet the other morning from the education reporter at the Providence Journal asserting that, according to Education Week, Rhode Island had moved to 12th in the nation for “academic achievement.” It was obvious she had her facts wrong. When I challenged her false assertion on Twitter and via… Continue reading We Deserve A Lot More From A Reporter—Perhaps It’s Time to Start an Opinion Column

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Elorza Jumps the Shark—And Providence Children Are Collateral Damage

Providence mayor Jorge Elorza caught a lot of people off guard yesterday during the Achievement First board meeting when he, seemingly out of nowhere, floated the idea of them expanding by way of closing a lower performing charter school. If there had been a record player in the room, I suspect it would have screeched… Continue reading Elorza Jumps the Shark—And Providence Children Are Collateral Damage

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Of Course My Head Is About to Explode—It’s Back-to School Season

It was the first week of August when the email arrived to my already overflowing inbox to alert me that “picture day is just around the corner.” Liars! I don’t know about you moms but “right around the corner” is not synonymous with “a full month away.” And in my world—which is admittedly less organized… Continue reading Of Course My Head Is About to Explode—It’s Back-to School Season

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Radio Visit to Talk About a State Law That Has Led to Cancelling of Already Approved School Trips (And Seems to Call School Supply Lists Into Question Too!)

If you haven’t already read my blog post about why field trips and overnight school trips are on the chopping block where I live, you can check it out here. Thanks to Matt Allen on WPRO, I had the opportunity today to talk more about the issue and its implications for all school districts across… Continue reading Radio Visit to Talk About a State Law That Has Led to Cancelling of Already Approved School Trips (And Seems to Call School Supply Lists Into Question Too!)

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Teacher, Come Home

By Jasmine Lane The summer is coming quickly to a close, so I’ve been spending the past few weeks planning my curriculum for the upcoming year. I didn’t have any choice in the texts I’m teaching, but I’m planning on using them as an opportunity to build some semblance of knowledge for my students. As… Continue reading Teacher, Come Home

Rhode Island · School Talk

My District Just Cancelled Field Trips—Good Move or What the Hell?

We need to be more like Massachusetts. If every Rhode Islander had a nickel for every time we’ve heard that, our piggy banks would runneth over. But the truth is, when it comes to our schools, Rhode Island absolutely missed the boat by not following in Massachusetts footsteps sooner and our children—and our economy—continue to… Continue reading My District Just Cancelled Field Trips—Good Move or What the Hell?

Rhode Island · School Talk

With a Waitlist of over 3,000, Elorza Can Finally Lead By Opening Up Additional Seats at Achievement First

Jorge Elorza is probably the only Mayor in the country who has direct access to one of the best and one of the worst performing school systems in the state in their own city — and yet he has made the calculated decision not to lead on connecting and collaborating to maximize the impact of… Continue reading With a Waitlist of over 3,000, Elorza Can Finally Lead By Opening Up Additional Seats at Achievement First

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This Story from Nashville Could Have Been Written About Providence Too—Except Our Reading Scores are Even Worse

By Vesia Hawkins Vesia Hawkins is a mom and a grandma and a fierce education advocate in Nashville, TN. She is especially focused on the issue of literacy as well as helping parents to understand how their children are *really* doing in school. This piece could absolutely have been written about Providence—some of the acronyms… Continue reading This Story from Nashville Could Have Been Written About Providence Too—Except Our Reading Scores are Even Worse

Rhode Island · School Talk

Providence Teachers Union Makes Recommendations and Commitments

The Providence Teachers Union has released a document that details their thoughts about how their partnership with the state could look moving forward. I have published the the entire text of their statement. You can also download the document here. As many readers know, I am often quite critical of teachers’ unions but that certainly… Continue reading Providence Teachers Union Makes Recommendations and Commitments