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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

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A Birthday Reflection: My Heart is Full and Broken at the Same Time

*I wrote this on my personal Facebook page on May 30th. Feels right to share it here. On this, my 47th birthday, my heart is full and broken at the same time. The sun is shining, my children are healthy, my parents are healthy and my husband is headed into major surgery in less than… Continue reading A Birthday Reflection: My Heart is Full and Broken at the Same Time

Rhode Island · School Talk

Ed Achorn Spoke Up for Kids Stuck in a System That Has Never Served Them Well

We learned in recent weeks that our state’s “paper of record”, the Providence Journal, let its editorial page director go after twenty one years because they no longer think having an editorial page is a good idea. Putting aside the reasons they gave for the decision versus what all thinking people know to be the… Continue reading Ed Achorn Spoke Up for Kids Stuck in a System That Has Never Served Them Well

Rhode Island · School Talk

A Letter of Thanks to the Teachers of Rhode Island

Dear Teachers of Rhode Island, Many of you probably don’t realize that the hard work you’ve been doing for the past two months is not the norm throughout the country. You have led the way while other cities and states have been painfully slow in keeping students connected to school and to learning. Perhaps you… Continue reading A Letter of Thanks to the Teachers of Rhode Island

Rhode Island · School Talk

A Teacher and His Hats

I noticed (and was enjoying) on Facebook that David Upegui, a high school science teacher in Central Falls, Rhode Island, had developed an interesting ritual as a teacher now instructing from his home. So I asked him about it. Why the hats? When we asked students amass to switch their schooling experience and rely exclusively on… Continue reading A Teacher and His Hats