Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island · School Talk

Choice for Me But Not for Thee

Hypocrisy is the name of the game when it comes to elected officials, lobbyists, and influencers who oppose school choice with their votes, rhetoric, and campaign donations and then opt their own children out of the very school systems in which they work hard to trap everybody else’s children. The very people who drive policy… Continue reading Choice for Me But Not for Thee

Rhode Island · School Talk

My District Just Cancelled Field Trips—Good Move or What the Hell?

We need to be more like Massachusetts. If every Rhode Islander had a nickel for every time we’ve heard that, our piggy banks would runneth over. But the truth is, when it comes to our schools, Rhode Island absolutely missed the boat by not following in Massachusetts footsteps sooner and our children—and our economy—continue to… Continue reading My District Just Cancelled Field Trips—Good Move or What the Hell?

Rhode Island · School Talk

With a Waitlist of over 3,000, Elorza Can Finally Lead By Opening Up Additional Seats at Achievement First

Jorge Elorza is probably the only Mayor in the country who has direct access to one of the best and one of the worst performing school systems in the state in their own city — and yet he has made the calculated decision not to lead on connecting and collaborating to maximize the impact of… Continue reading With a Waitlist of over 3,000, Elorza Can Finally Lead By Opening Up Additional Seats at Achievement First

Rhode Island · School Talk

Providence Teachers Union Makes Recommendations and Commitments

The Providence Teachers Union has released a document that details their thoughts about how their partnership with the state could look moving forward. I have published the the entire text of their statement. You can also download the document here. As many readers know, I am often quite critical of teachers’ unions but that certainly… Continue reading Providence Teachers Union Makes Recommendations and Commitments

Rhode Island · School Talk

The Night They Voted To Allow the State to Take Over Providence Schools

The room’s total capacity was 188 people. Providence is a district of 25,000 students and 3,000 staff. It is located in a part of the city where streets are narrow and parking is very limited—especially when Michael Bublé is performing and it’s opening night for Hamilton. But Good School Hunting has already addressed why all… Continue reading The Night They Voted To Allow the State to Take Over Providence Schools

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Wall Street Journal Didn’t Print My Letter-to-the-Editor. So, here it is.

The recent editorial “An Education Horror Show”, written about my little state of Rhode Island, was absolutely spot on. But it missed one other important education story out of Little Rhody that reinforces what the WSJ’s editorial board so aptly describes as “government and union neglect.”   Rhode Island is one of a hand full of… Continue reading Wall Street Journal Didn’t Print My Letter-to-the-Editor. So, here it is.

Rhode Island · School Talk

This Is Not What Public Service Looks Like in 2019

Last night was a much anticipated meeting of the Rhode Island State Board of Education meeting—it’s impossible to imagine that those in charge did not expect a large crowd. The agenda included a vote on whether or not to allow Angélica Infante Green, the state education commissioner, to take over the Providence Schools. But somehow,… Continue reading This Is Not What Public Service Looks Like in 2019

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Tone Deaf and Insulting to Providence Parents or Just Having Some Fun?

Last weekend I sat and listened to over four hours of testimony, mostly from Providence parents, about their frustration and even panic over the Johns Hopkins report on the Providence Schools. There was anger. Anguish. Pain. And a common refrain that the very same schools that had failed them as students were now failing their… Continue reading Tone Deaf and Insulting to Providence Parents or Just Having Some Fun?