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A Visit to the TV Studio with Dan Yorke—We Talk Salisbury Steak, Emily Post, and the Governor’s Gift to the NEA.

I am always grateful for the opportunity to visit Dan Yorke State of Mind and talk about what is happening in our schools or at the state house that will impact our schools—and last week was a doozy. Dan and I don’t always agree on everything but we certainly resist the 2019 fad of hating… Continue reading A Visit to the TV Studio with Dan Yorke—We Talk Salisbury Steak, Emily Post, and the Governor’s Gift to the NEA.

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Prisons Are Now Required to Screen For and Treat Dyslexia; Schools Are Not

Jenny Abamu is an Education reporter for WAMU885, DC’s @NPR station. She recently did a story about dyslexia and the struggle and confusion parents face—her Twitter thread about it caught my eye and I decided to share it with all of you. So glad to see journalists digging into this issue that has plagued schools, and the… Continue reading Prisons Are Now Required to Screen For and Treat Dyslexia; Schools Are Not

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Bernie’s Sick Joke (A Thread)

At the very end of National Charter School week and on the 25th anniversary of Brown v Board, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders dropped an education bomb. Here’s one of the best—and first—threads I saw on Twitter just minutes after the announcement, written by Inez Stepman. Inez Feltscher Stepman is a first generation American and senior… Continue reading Bernie’s Sick Joke (A Thread)

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Meet My Friend Derrell Bradford—I’m Proud to Know Him

Derrell’s story encapsulates why I am so steadfast in my belief that parents—regardless of income or zip code—deserve to have access to the best possible schools for their children. Thank you Derrell for always bringing me back to that north star, even on the days of disappointments and setbacks. And thank you for being such… Continue reading Meet My Friend Derrell Bradford—I’m Proud to Know Him

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NEA Sends Thank You Note to Governor Raimondo—and a State Mourns

It’s never a good sign for students or taxpayers when the Executive Director of NEA RI is sending thank you notes to the Governor—on Twitter. Perhaps a moment of silence is in order. There was a time that Governor Gina Raimondo was a champion of reform, that rare Democrat willing to ignore and even clap… Continue reading NEA Sends Thank You Note to Governor Raimondo—and a State Mourns

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Teacher Appreciation Week: He Pushed Us Hard and Held on Tight

As we wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week, I’ve done some reflecting about my own years as a student. There are teachers who have a lasting impact on our lives and on April 2nd, I lost one of mine. Mr. Murphy wasn’t just special because of how much knowledge of history and politics was crammed into… Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week: He Pushed Us Hard and Held on Tight

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To Die or Not to Die on the Sun Butter Hill—Some Important Facts About the Warwick Lunch Story

Lunch shaming is an issue that goes viral. And fast. People immediately react emotionally to children being forced to wear the scarlet letter of a sun butter sandwich because their parents have not paid their lunch bills. Welcome to Warwick, Rhode Island where the school committee began implementation of an alternative lunch program this week… Continue reading To Die or Not to Die on the Sun Butter Hill—Some Important Facts About the Warwick Lunch Story

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Wish List 2.0

Yesterday I published a wish list for today’s big education announcement at the statehouse where leaders from both the house and senate will unveil a package of education reform bills. But my brain still wanted more wishes and kept whirring. At 3 am—my usual wake up time—the words “tenure reform” were circling through my brain.… Continue reading Wish List 2.0

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My Wish List for the Package of Education Reform Bills About to Be Unveiled

Any time there is energy in the Rhode Island legislature about substantive education reforms, there is reason to cheer just a little. God knows we haven’t been busting out the pom poms over our state’s student outcomes in decades—if ever—but the wake up call of last year’s RICAS results seems to have finally awoken the… Continue reading My Wish List for the Package of Education Reform Bills About to Be Unveiled

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Josian’s College Essay

We spent long nights at my grandparents’ house every Friday — my aunt and uncle and their kids; my mother, my little brother, Franco, and me. Those nights became a tradition for almost 16 years and were full of laughter with Las Caras Lindas blasting from the speakers in the living room. Learning how to… Continue reading Josian’s College Essay