Yesterday at a hearing for a bill (HB 5817) that would make sex between school employees and students a crime—even after they’ve turned 16, the legal age of consent in Rhode Island—both teachers’ unions made their objections known. NEA RI didn’t have anyone testify but Pat Crowley did sign in to the hearing and note… Continue reading Both Teachers’ Unions Oppose Bill That Would Make Sex with Students a Crime
Thank you Matt Allen for the invitation to talk about so many of the things I care so much about—education, literacy, protecting students from sexual predators, the belief gap, and the importance of being able to disagree with people without attacking who they are or assuming the worst about them. This is a long conversation… Continue reading A Visit to the ‘Matt Allen Uncut’ Podcast
“What good is it to be able to sit at the lunch counter if you can’t read the menu?” -Dr. Howard Fuller There is something that feels kind of crazy about our state treasurer, Seth Magaziner, pushing for passage of a bill —introduced by Sen. Sandra Cano, D-Pawtucket and in the House by Representative Joseph McNamara, D-Warwick—to… Continue reading Can We Focus on Basic Literacy Before Financial Literacy, Please?
Rhode Island is officially getting a new Commissioner of Education and while the process took place far from the public eye, Angelica Infante-Green is a superb pick at a time that Rhode Island really needs one. Yes, it is a tad insulting that Governor Raimondo and her team will be introducing us to Infante-Green at… Continue reading RI Makes a Superb Pick for Education Commissioner (Though the Process Leaves Something to Be Desired)
There is always much to talk about on the education front and I invariably enjoy the opportunity to sit down with Dan Yorke to talk about it. This time we covered Universal Pre-K proposals, broad-brushing students based on immutable characteristics, and the importance of having parents at the table in a meaningful way. We laughed… Continue reading A Visit to the TV Studio!
In an unexpected bit of news yesterday, Providence schools Superintendent Chris Maher announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the year despite the recent extension to his contract. The chair of the school committee, Nick Hemond, immediately announced that they’d be forming a search committee “in the coming weeks” and that… Continue reading Pump the Brakes and Fix the System Before You Talk About Hiring a New Superintendent
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?