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Can We Please Have an Honest Conversation About Teacher Absenteeism?

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?

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New School Rating System Has One Major Flaw

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

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A Glaring Omission in Elorza’s Inaugural

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

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No Madame Representative, You Are the Bully

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

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Finally RI Leaders Think Education is a “Top Priority”—Better Late Than Never But What Took So Long?

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?

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RI School Report Cards Are Out and Dan McGowan Has the Scoop

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

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RICAS Results Are Major Wake-Up Call

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

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Central Falls Super Bowl Championship Not a Fluke

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

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The Fox is Guarding the Hen House

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

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Let’s Protect Minors Before We Worry About Ourselves…OK Ladies?

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?