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Legislative Leaders Signal Support for Bill to Finally Criminalize Sex Between Teachers and Students

Rhode Island is one of only a few states that allows teachers and other school staff, under the law, to engage in sexual activity with the children in their care. While we watch teachers, coaches, substitutes and bus drivers across the country carted off in handcuffs for engaging in sex acts with minors, those stories… Continue reading Legislative Leaders Signal Support for Bill to Finally Criminalize Sex Between Teachers and Students

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Representative Blake Filippi Stands Up for Parents, Calls Out Hypocrisy of RI Elected Officials

Rhode Island Governor Raimondo (D) presented her State of the State address last night, quickly followed by a rebuttal by House Minority Leader Blake Filippi. While Raimondo spoke at length about education, she admitted that the the system in Providence is “broken” and promised that the district would adopt new curriculum, increase access to Advanced… Continue reading Representative Blake Filippi Stands Up for Parents, Calls Out Hypocrisy of RI Elected Officials

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I’m Not Transphobic

An eye opening and sad moment for me in 2019 was when someone I considered a friend publicly called me “transphobic” for questioning the disproportionate media coverage of the rights of transgender students as compared to the rights of students with dyslexia. I stand by my question and reject the charge of transphobia.  All that… Continue reading I’m Not Transphobic

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Providence Teachers’ Union President Apologizes—and I appreciate that.

We should all aspire to hold ourselves to a standard of waiting until we know all the facts before launching accusations at anybody and that is especially true for public figures. Maribeth Calabro, the president of the Providence Teachers’ Union, failed that test when she used her Facebook page to accuse the Pilgrim High School… Continue reading Providence Teachers’ Union President Apologizes—and I appreciate that.

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Rhode Island Could Learn A Lot from Texas

I know, I know. Many of you from the northeast are already rolling your eyes and scoffing at the mere suggestion that we New Englanders, the enlightened ones, could learn anything from Texas. Time to take off the blinders, guys. Texas just implemented a ‘Do Not Hire’ registry for teachers who are under investigation for… Continue reading Rhode Island Could Learn A Lot from Texas

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Why Can’t Matt Damon Just Listen to Ricky Gervais?

Thank your agent, thank your God, and fuck off. Okay? When comedian Ricky Gervais took a flamethrower to the Golden Globes last night and called out the Hollywood elites for their hypocrisy and faux-wokeness, I immediately thought of Matt Damon. The father of four who shot to stardom after his lead role in Good Will Hunting has… Continue reading Why Can’t Matt Damon Just Listen to Ricky Gervais?

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This System Keeps Poor Kids Out

I was scrolling through Twitter this morning and noticed a thread by Mehrsa Baradaran being shared by lots of people I follow. I simultaneously nodded in agreement and shook my head in frustration as I read through the tweets that detailed her experience helping a student with college applications. Below is the entire thread: So… Continue reading This System Keeps Poor Kids Out

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Physics Professor Goes Viral

Tis the season of giving but Physics professor David Wright seems to be in a giving mood all year round. A student of his at Virginia’s Tidewater Community College, where he’s been teaching since 1974, shared a video collage of his “passionate teaching methods” that has now been viewed 21 million times. Mr. Wright exudes… Continue reading Physics Professor Goes Viral

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RI Commish Won’t Engage in Conversations That Don’t Center on Students

The Rhode Island Foundation hosted a huge education event today at the Convention Center called Make It Happen RI—Rhode Island’s Path to a World Class Public Education System, a brainstorming session to improve public education. Approximately three hundred people attended and they ranged from educators, students, parents, community and business leaders, union leaders, elected officials… Continue reading RI Commish Won’t Engage in Conversations That Don’t Center on Students

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Elizabeth Warren: Hey Parents, It’s Up To You to Fix Your Schools

Last night around 6 pm I became aware of an interview that Elizabeth Warren did a few weeks ago with the president of the National Education Association, one of the two teachers’ unions whose endorsement Democratic candidates grovel all over themselves in hope of getting. Enter Liz Warren, private school parent who thinks parents owe… Continue reading Elizabeth Warren: Hey Parents, It’s Up To You to Fix Your Schools