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A Thin Contract Is Exactly What Providence Schools Need

In 2018, in the wake of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s passing comment about the need for a “transformational contract”, I wrote about what that kind of contract should look like. I described a thin contract. Fast forward almost two years and as contract negotiations fail to even get off the ground, RI education commissioner Angelica… Continue reading A Thin Contract Is Exactly What Providence Schools Need

Rhode Island · School Talk

We May Be Closer to Making Sex Between Teachers and Students a Crime

My apologies if the title above makes you gasp but at least the news is good that Speaker Mattiello’s loss and the subsequent ascendancy of Joe Shekarchi bodes well for the chances of finally making it a crime for teachers to have sexual relationships with their students. He is firmly on the record in support… Continue reading We May Be Closer to Making Sex Between Teachers and Students a Crime

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TV Spot With Dan Yorke to Talk About Schools & COVID

It is always a treat to be a guest on Dan Yorke State of Mind and while I wish I could visit the studio and see Dan in person, our conversations remain substantive and engaging even over Zoom. We talk about the impending restrictions coming out of the Governor’s office and the massive challenges facing… Continue reading TV Spot With Dan Yorke to Talk About Schools & COVID

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My Kids’ Schools Already Closed Due to COVID

I received a message last Thursday that my 6th and 8th grader would not be able to go in to school the following day—a student had tested positive for COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, the building would not open. Because of a delay in getting buildings open, my middle school boys had… Continue reading My Kids’ Schools Already Closed Due to COVID

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When Education Reporters Don’t Even Mention Student Outcomes

I wish I could say I’m surprised that Linda Borg, education reporter at the Providence Journal, decided to write a whole piece about the proposed expansion of Achievement First without even a mention of the schools’ student outcomes and how they compare to those of students in their sending districts as well as across the state. I… Continue reading When Education Reporters Don’t Even Mention Student Outcomes

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Teachers Union Sues to Keep Schools From Opening Monday

School in Rhode Island is finally about to start on Monday but at the final hour, one teachers’ union has filed a last minute lawsuit to keep schools closed. Late on Thursday, four days before the long awaited first day of school, NEA RI has confirmed that if they get their way, the schools in… Continue reading Teachers Union Sues to Keep Schools From Opening Monday

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The Parent Debate Over Reopening Schools Sounds A Lot Like the Football Debate

I can still hear it: ”I can’t believe you’re going to let him play football. That’s basically child abuse.”  Wanting to send your children back to school for in-person learning is the 2020 version of letting your child play football. It hit me today that the back and forth parents of opposing views are having over… Continue reading The Parent Debate Over Reopening Schools Sounds A Lot Like the Football Debate

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Teacher’s Unions Hold School Districts —and Families—Hostage Over School Reopening

There is no easy answer when it comes to what should happen with our schools — on the contrary, it is one of the most complex, multi-layered and now grotesquely politicized crises we have faced in a very long time. Within the educational context, it is likely the greatest challenge in modern times. We have… Continue reading Teacher’s Unions Hold School Districts —and Families—Hostage Over School Reopening

Mommy Mayhem · Rhode Island · School Talk

Two Weeks Is Not Enough Time for Parents (or Teachers) to Plan

Rhode Islanders just learned last night that there will likely be no announcement of reopening plans for the fall until August 17th. The Governor has said that the first day of school, statewide, will be August 31st. This would mean that parents and families would have 14 days to make arrangements for the fall. If… Continue reading Two Weeks Is Not Enough Time for Parents (or Teachers) to Plan

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In Defense of My Friend, Robert Pondiscio

It is increasingly vital that we stand up to the people who lie about and defame our allies and friends. As libel (and slander) increasingly permeate the media ecosystem by those for whom truth takes a back seat to a preferred ideology, it is incumbent upon the rest of us to stand up and fight… Continue reading In Defense of My Friend, Robert Pondiscio