I had the pleasure of sitting with Dan Yorke for a half hour to talk about the biggest education stories in Rhode Island in recent weeks—and it has been a busy couple weeks with test score results, a crazy school committee situation in South Kingstown, and a federal lawsuit (we didn’t get to the lawsuit.)… Continue reading Talking RICAS and NEA (and Shock Jocks?) on TV—and God, fix my hair next time!
In April 2017 Rhode Island leaders in government and education came together to form a rare united front in support of the bold decision to adopt the same statewide test that Massachusetts uses for its annual testing. They called it MCAS; we would call it RICAS. Superintendents, school committees, union leaders, legislative leaders and even… Continue reading RICAS Results Are Major Wake-Up Call
By David Upegui Cold mornings, early sunsets, Thanksgiving time. It is the end of the high school football season this year, Central Falls High School has won the Division III state championship. This year feels special. A group of dedicated and talented coaches and athletes worked together, against the odds, to achieve this amazing feat.… Continue reading Central Falls Super Bowl Championship Not a Fluke
Saying that the fox is guarding the hen house is an understatement when someone who works for the National Education Association of Rhode Island is elected to sit on a local school committee and then appointed to vice president of that committee. But in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with the recent election of Sarah Markey,… Continue reading The Fox is Guarding the Hen House
Dear moms of my village, It’s impossible to be a mom in 2018 and not rely on a village of other women—mostly moms—to keep the trains of life running at all, let alone on time. Whether it’s rides for the kids to practice or home from school, someone to listen while I vent on a… Continue reading A Message of Thanks to my Mom Village
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?
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.
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’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
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