School Talk

Our Children Have Autism, These are Our Stories

All of us mothers grapple with the myriad challenges that are part and parcel of motherhood. But some moms face obstacles every day that only other moms of children with special needs can fully understand and the women featured here bravely share their personal stories in the hope that it will help more children find… Continue reading Our Children Have Autism, These are Our Stories

School Talk

Gun Free Zones Mean Different Things to Different People. Especially Parents.

A grieving, and now well-known Parkland father, has put a new spin on the school choice debate and it’s not about arts programs, longer school days, or dual language. It’s about guns and whether a parent prefers that their child spend their days in a gun-free zone or in a school where the safety plan includes… Continue reading Gun Free Zones Mean Different Things to Different People. Especially Parents.

Mommy Mayhem

But Is The Duchess Wearing Those Mesh Undies?

Kate Middleton looks ridiculously good after she gives birth. And good for her. She’s a Duchess after all and aren’t they basically obligated to to look fancy all the time and wear really big hats? With a full staff of estheticians and stylists on hand, we shouldn’t be surprised that just hours after childbirth, Middleton’s… Continue reading But Is The Duchess Wearing Those Mesh Undies?

School Talk

Why I Would Never Opt My Kids Out of Tests

Opting out of testing is like opting out of our personal and collective responsibility as parents. As a mother, I want to know how my own kids are doing but, arguably more importantly, we all need to know how all kids are doing. We would not even be aware of the seismic gaps between white… Continue reading Why I Would Never Opt My Kids Out of Tests

Rhode Island · School Talk

Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector

Most people in Rhode Island don’t even have a full understanding of what a charter school actually is so it’s highly unlikely that they are aware of the disadvantages these public schools of choice face when it comes to acquiring needed space and facilities. While traditional school districts do not pay for their facilities out… Continue reading Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector

School Talk

Education Savings Accounts for Our Military Members Aren’t Vouchers…and More

[<a href=”//storify.com/esanzi/military-families-deserve-choices-for-their-childr” target=”_blank”>View the story “Valerie Strauss Pushes Dishonest Piece About Military Members and Education Savings Accounts” on Storify</a>]

Rhode Island · School Talk

NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores are out today and the news for Rhode Island is not good. Often called the “nation’s report card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics assessments are administered to a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students in each state every two years. NAEP… Continue reading NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

Mommy Mayhem

To Be a Mom in the Age of Fortnite

Fortnite has taken over my house and there’s a good chance it has taken over yours too.  It is the newest and coolest video game, particularly popular with boys, and when I say I’ve never seen my kids love anything more than this game, I’m really not kidding. They’ll hop out of bed at 6… Continue reading To Be a Mom in the Age of Fortnite

Rhode Island · School Talk

Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

It turns out that one of Amazon’s considerations in deciding where to build it’s second headquarters—or HQ2— is the average SAT (or ACT) score of students in the cities on their list of potential options. Not only does it figure into their calculation of what the local talent pool will look like in the coming… Continue reading Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

School Talk

Cynthia Nixon on Education: Look At What She Did, Not What She Says

By Alina Adams Emmy-winning Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon threw her hat into the New York gubernatorial race two weeks ago and, since then, she been traversing the state, stumping for a variety of issues. While the usual suspects parse her stance on subways, minimum wage, and women’s/LGBTQ rights, I am going to focus (to the surprise of absolutely no one)… Continue reading Cynthia Nixon on Education: Look At What She Did, Not What She Says