Rhode Island’s system for rating school quality by assigning them between one and five stars is fundamentally flawed. Why? It holds white affluent schools to a lower standard than schools that serve high numbers of low-income English language learners. One of the categories on which schools are judged only applies to some schools and they… Continue reading Rhode Island School Star Rating System Gives Unfair Advantage to Mostly White Affluent Schools
Nowell Leadership Academy is a school designed to serve students who are over-age, under-credited, and either pregnant or already parenting at least one child. They are students whose path to graduation was so rocky in the traditional school system that any chance of them graduating four years from the day they started 9th grade disappeared… Continue reading Star Rating System Totally Unfair to School Serving Pregnant and Parenting Teens
I just got home from parent teacher conferences for my 7th grade son who attends our local middle school. The conferences are only five minutes long, largely because the sheer number of students rotating through at least five teachers per day makes the scheduling of conferences difficult in logistical terms. The teachers’ contract adds to that… Continue reading In Defense of the 5 Minute Parent-Teacher Conference
I just signed up for Weight Watchers. It will be my second time using their app to track my daily points. It worked last time—and then, as with most things, I grew bored of it and stopped doing it. This is not a character trait I recommend, by the way. It certainly would have been… Continue reading I’m Back on Weight Watchers — Because of School Choice?
When I speak to parents of children with disabilities, I often hear reports of Child Study Teams (those responsible, along with parents, for creating Individualized Education Plans or IEP’s) who pass along false information or undermine the critical role parents have in deciding on necessary services and appropriate placements. I hear these reports from Latinx… Continue reading Ten Lies That Parents Of Special Needs Kids Often Hear: Know Your Rights!
There was a time decades ago when girls trailed boys in math and science and we as a nation deemed that to be unacceptable. Starting in the 1970’s, initiatives and organizations sprung up all over the place to help girls catch up. And they did. But as girls began improving in math and science, boys… Continue reading School Is Not Working for Too Many Boys and Nobody Wants to Talk About It
Elizabeth Warren wants to batten down the hatches but unlike a ship captain who feels a duty to protect his passengers from an impending storm, Warren’s mission is to prevent them from escaping to safety—well, at least the poor ones. In her just released education plan, she isn’t throwing educational lifeboats to anybody who can’t pay—as… Continue reading Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Trust Parents (Unless They Have Money)
Our hearts broke a little today when we heard the sad and unexpected news of Representative Elijah Cummings’ death. His was always a unifying voice, a voice that reminded us that “we are better than this.” While countless media outlets predictably mangled their headlines about Cummings’ passing by making them about Trump, we all know… Continue reading “They Believed in Me”—Elijah Cummings on his Own Struggles in School
Providence city councilwoman, Kat Kerwin, came out this morning and publicly said that she supports the recent vandalism of the Christopher Columbus statue in the city that she represents. She sees the destruction of public property as a form of civil disobedience—but only when it aligns with her world view or her opinion of what… Continue reading Providence City Councilor is Wrong to Defend Vandalism
The Wall Street Journal recently published a piece about the pushback from parents when it comes to the overuse of technology in their children’s classrooms. Obviously when a school district invests millions of dollars on technology in their schools, they are hesitant to validate the criticism, let alone walk back their decisions. But it is… Continue reading Parents Say There’s Too Much Screen Time in Their Children’s Classrooms