Rhode Island · School Talk

Let’s Protect Minors Before We Worry About Ourselves…OK Ladies?

We are a year into the #metoo movement and it remains legal in the state of Rhode Island for teachers, coaches, school bus drivers, guidance counselors and all other school personnel to engage in sexual relationships with students in their care, as long as they have turned 16. One of the reasons we continue to… Continue reading Let’s Protect Minors Before We Worry About Ourselves…OK Ladies?

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This is More than Hazing. It’s Rape.

Five junior varsity football players in Maryland—who are also juveniles— have been charged with 2nd degree rape. The victims? Four of their teammates. The rape charges are in connection with an alleged attack in the locker room of Montgomery County’s Damascus High School on the afternoon of Halloween. According to the police report, the assailants… Continue reading This is More than Hazing. It’s Rape.

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No Matter What Anyone Says, the Money Ought to Follow the Kid Regardless of What Kind of Public School They Choose

By Zachary Wright  I am punching above my weight. I am no education policy wonk, nor am I a mover or shaker in America’s larger educational conversation. But a recent blog post by the well-known edu-legends Carol Burris and Diane Ravitch on The Washington Post’s website made me so confused, angry and frustrated that I had to… Continue reading No Matter What Anyone Says, the Money Ought to Follow the Kid Regardless of What Kind of Public School They Choose

Rhode Island

On Education in RI, #ImWithHer

Rhode Island’s first round of RICAS results are in but have not yet been released to the public. As with everything in this current climate, critics of the current governor, Gina Raimondo, are convinced that she is hiding the scores because surely they must be disastrous. And maybe they are. On the other hand, the… Continue reading On Education in RI, #ImWithHer

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NPR Reporter Sets the Record Straight on NYT Series about Kids and Screens

The New York Times recently recently published a series of articles on topic of screens and kids. Parents—particularly those who can’t afford screen-hiding nannies!—found the articles terrifying.  The series predictably shot around social media quickly as moms and dads wondered internally and out loud, how can our kids exist—and maintain their mental health— in a… Continue reading NPR Reporter Sets the Record Straight on NYT Series about Kids and Screens

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Mom Pens Ugly Letter but the Community Pushes Back

The other day my stomach turned a little when I opened up my local paper. A mother in my town penned a letter to the editor to complain about all the children from India that were filling up her son’s school, and, in her opinion, taking resources away from more deserving children. “You’re holding back… Continue reading Mom Pens Ugly Letter but the Community Pushes Back

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Forum Tomorrow in Hartford on The True Cost of Integration in Connecticut

My friend and fellow education focused mama, Gwen Samuel, has organized a very important event tomorrow in Hartford, Connecticut. Gwen is the founder of the Connecticut Parents’ Union and she and her organization have been organizing a multi-pronged response to the realization that Black and Brown children are being denied access to magnet schools in… Continue reading Forum Tomorrow in Hartford on The True Cost of Integration in Connecticut

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Hey Liz, You Have Not Lived One 1/1024th the Struggles of Native American Students in America

It’s not news that I’m no fan of Massachusetts senator, Elizabeth Warren. Her total and complete reversal on education policy, perfectly timed with her decision to enter politics, makes her an unacceptable candidate for me, as an education voter. I found her claim of Native American heritage a bit off-putting but never took the time… Continue reading Hey Liz, You Have Not Lived One 1/1024th the Struggles of Native American Students in America

Connecticut

Media Alert: Connecticut Parents Union Rallies at Court House to Oppose Empty Seats in Magnet Schools

  BRIDGEPORT, CT — Members of the Connecticut Parents Union will hold a demonstration today outside of the Brien McMahon Federal Building in Bridgeport to support LaShawn Robinson, plaintiff in the case of Robinson v. Wentzel. Robinson v. Wentzell, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, challenges the Connecticut State Department… Continue reading Media Alert: Connecticut Parents Union Rallies at Court House to Oppose Empty Seats in Magnet Schools

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Perfect Attendance for This Teacher from Texas

The thought has crossed my mind a lot, I should take some time off. But I think about, ‘I need to be there for the students. Meet Sylvester Morris, a math teacher from Texas who has never missed a day of school in his 24 years teaching close to 4,000 students.