Two new parent advocacy groups have emerged in The Ocean State: ProvParents and Parents Leading for Educational Equity. Leaders from each group teamed up to write an Op-ed in the Providence Journal yesterday, letting the public know that parents are saying “enough is enough.” Here’s an excerpt: Here’s a predictable cycle: test scores or other educational… Continue reading Parents Say Enough is enough
Classes have been cancelled—and school closed—at Kickemuit Middle School, part of the Bristol-Warren school district. Below is a statement from the Bristol Warren Teachers’ Education Association of Rhode Island, aka the teachers’ union. While early reports were that too many teachers were sick for school to open, the statement indicates that student behavior is a… Continue reading Statement from Bristol/Warren Teachers on Friday Sick-Out.
Photo credit: Providence Journal While Rhode Islanders engage in a fight over abortion laws and bid adieu to Lincoln Chaffee as he heads off to Wyoming, the final day of the public comment period on Betsy Devos’ decision to rescind Obama era guidance on Title IX has come and gone. The most controversial piece of… Continue reading Raimondo and Dann-Messier Are Wrong on Title IX
It is no secret that any critique of teachers is seen by many—especially teachers themselves—as an attack or an attempt to vilify the entire profession. So let me say right out of the gate that I am not doing that. I spent a decade as a teacher and it was the most exhausting and draining… Continue reading Can We Please Have an Honest Conversation About Teacher Absenteeism?
Parents appreciate a quick snapshot of the school their children attend, or might attend. Community members appreciate information about how the schools their tax dollars fund are actually doing and local leaders rely on the information to make decisions about education policy and capital expenditures. It’s helpful to know whether a school earned 4 stars… Continue reading New School Rating System Has One Major Flaw
In February of 2018 Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza and school superintendent Chris Maher rolled out a strategic plan that laid out goals around student proficiency, student and teacher absenteeism, and the high school graduation rate. The motivator for the initiative was the chronic underperformance of students in math and reading as well as high… Continue reading A Glaring Omission in Elorza’s Inaugural
One of the most tired and ludicrous talking points in education is that people who aren’t teachers—or have never been teachers—don’t have standing to give opinions about teaching and learning. In the wake of the RICAS tsunami, Rhode Island Representative, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, grabbed on tight to this absurd line of reasoning and decided to run… Continue reading No Madame Representative, You Are the Bully
Rhode Island’s General Assembly has been in a mild coma when it comes to improving education but suddenly another batch of dismal test results have the Senate president and House Speaker shaking their fists at poor performance. Umm, hello. This isn’t a new problem. But it took having a direct comparison with neighboring Massachusetts to… Continue reading Finally RI Leaders Think Education is a “Top Priority”—Better Late Than Never But What Took So Long?
No, they aren’t Amazon reviews. They are school ratings. How many stars does your kid’s school have? Or the school down the street? Or the school you’ve always heard is so great? Or bad? Well, now you can find out thanks to Rhode Island’s new school rating system and unsurprisingly, WPRI’s Dan McGowan has written… Continue reading RI School Report Cards Are Out and Dan McGowan Has the Scoop
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