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
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?
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 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
By Lauren Matlach, Daniela Fairchild, and Sarah Whiting We’ve all witnessed the education blame game. Our education system is imperfect and, at times, it’s easier to blame someone else than to own the part we play in failing our students. Over the past few years, teacher preparation programs have become a favorite punching bag of… Continue reading What Happens When PK-12 Educators and Preparation Programs Work Together?
It would be an understatement to say that the earth shook a bit in Providence last week when the United States Department of Justice revealed that Providence Public Schools has got a major problem when it comes to how it is serving—and not serving—its English Language Learners. We now know that PPSD and the DOJ… Continue reading Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence
When Dan Yorke (of Dan Yorke State of Mind) asked Ken Wagner, Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner, about our math scores being “in the dumper,” Wagner replied with one simple explanation: “We have a problem with fractions.” And it was clear from the conversation that the problem isn’t limited to our students but extends to the… Continue reading We Have a Problem With Fractions
In September, CCRI reported a 47 percent jump in its enrollment of full-time students who have just graduated high school, a boost that the college attributed to the promise of two years of free tuition. But the college later acknowledged that only a fraction of those students were on track to graduate in two years.… Continue reading Governor Raimondo Must Take the Lead in Acknowledging that Way Too Many RI Students are Graduating Unprepared for College