Rhode Island · School Talk

Don’t Believe Union Leaders When They Say Student Safety is Their Priority—It Isn’t.

The teachers’ unions in Rhode Island are masters of manipulation and sometimes their default is to cite student safety as their top priority. The school committee in East Greenwich is contemplating a policy that would “enable parents to enter the classroom to make formal observations of their child in the learning environment.” Union reps are… Continue reading Don’t Believe Union Leaders When They Say Student Safety is Their Priority—It Isn’t.

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A Visit to the TV Studio and a Radio Chat

I had the privilege of appearing on Dan Yorke State of Mind last night to talk about a few important education issues —the first is related to funding proposals designed to cripple charter schools and the second is about a recent report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute about the proven benefits of teachers who… Continue reading A Visit to the TV Studio and a Radio Chat

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Stop Forcing Students into Your Schools Over Money

Tim Duffy is the executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees and he wants to see underperforming charter schools close. Seems fair, until we consider the fact that he never calls for the closure of district schools that have quite literally failed generations of students and often perform as badly or worse… Continue reading Stop Forcing Students into Your Schools Over Money

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Providence Finally Has a New Superintendent

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green has finally announced who will take the reins of the Providence Public Schools in the wake of the Johns Hopkins report and subsequent state takeover. His name is Harrison Peters and he comes to Little Rhody by way of Florida. Infante-Green didn’t sugarcoat the challenges that await Mr. Peters… Continue reading Providence Finally Has a New Superintendent

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RI Pension Fund Finally Divests from Guns and Private Prisons — What Took So Long?

Seth Magaziner, the treasurer of my state of Rhode Island, loves to make a big political splash and he did just that on Wednesday with a long overdue announcement that the Rhode Island public pension fund will finally stop investing in companies that either operate private for-profit prisons or make assault-style weapons that are sold… Continue reading RI Pension Fund Finally Divests from Guns and Private Prisons — What Took So Long?

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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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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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Star Rating System Totally Unfair to School Serving Pregnant and Parenting Teens

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

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Providence City Councilor is Wrong to Defend Vandalism

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

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Guest Post: A Providence Teacher Weighs in on State Takeover

By Shannon McCloud I’ve written for Motif for a few years now, but this right here is by far the hardest piece I’ve ever tried to compose. You see when I’m not writing articles or reviewing theater, I’m teaching. I’m an English Language Arts teacher in a high school. A high school in Providence. And wow, do I… Continue reading Guest Post: A Providence Teacher Weighs in on State Takeover