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Mexico Brought This School Its First Valedictorian

There is something really special about any school’s first graduating class and the recent college signing day and subsequent graduation at Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) was no exception. Located in tiny little Rhode Island, this school bears the scars of political battles that were ultimately won because of courageous and relentless people who believe that… Continue reading Mexico Brought This School Its First Valedictorian

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Students Speak Out to Shift the Narrative About Their School (but 93 percent of Students There Don’t Read at Grade Level)

Student voice matters and when middle school students decide they want to push back on the negative narrative surrounding their school, we need to listen. Half a dozen students and one alumnus of Roger Williams Middle School in Providence fielded questions last week as part of a panel discussion entitled “I am Roger Williams Middle… Continue reading Students Speak Out to Shift the Narrative About Their School (but 93 percent of Students There Don’t Read at Grade Level)

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Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector

Most people in Rhode Island don’t even have a full understanding of what a charter school actually is so it’s highly unlikely that they are aware of the disadvantages these public schools of choice face when it comes to acquiring needed space and facilities. While traditional school districts do not pay for their facilities out… Continue reading Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector

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NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores are out today and the news for Rhode Island is not good. Often called the “nation’s report card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics assessments are administered to a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students in each state every two years. NAEP… Continue reading NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

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Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

It turns out that one of Amazon’s considerations in deciding where to build it’s second headquarters—or HQ2— is the average SAT (or ACT) score of students in the cities on their list of potential options. Not only does it figure into their calculation of what the local talent pool will look like in the coming… Continue reading Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

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The Ghost of Donny Evans Still Haunts RI Decision Makers and Students Lose Out

(This piece was updated at 10:16 am to add Pawtucket as a district that also has school today. I missed them when I first published. My apologies.) Every single district in Rhode Island, with two exceptions, announced yesterday afternoon or last night that school would be cancelled today and many of us can’t, for the… Continue reading The Ghost of Donny Evans Still Haunts RI Decision Makers and Students Lose Out

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Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

While it’s not totally surprising that some members on my own town council are hesitant to embrace or welcome the children of families who can’t afford a single family home, it is disappointing to hear them speak of children as nothing more than dollars and cents for the school system. But that’s what a few… Continue reading Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

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Providence Students React to Seeing Black Panther

Tufts Health Plan paid for 260 Providence high school students to attend a screening of the film Black Panther as part of the Black Panther Challenge. The challenge is a national movement that was organized to help urban youth see this film that represents their first opportunity to see a superhero movie with a cast… Continue reading Providence Students React to Seeing Black Panther

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Providence Mayor Elorza Wants a Transformational Contract for Teachers — Here’s What It Should Look Like

When Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was recently shouted down by the city’s teachers throughout the entirety of his state of the city address, he was forced to answer some questions about the current status of negotiations between his administration and the Providence Teachers’ Union. Anyone in the chamber that night— or watching from home as… Continue reading Providence Mayor Elorza Wants a Transformational Contract for Teachers — Here’s What It Should Look Like

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TV Appearance with Dan Yorke—Tragedy in Florida, Strengthening RI’s Consent Law, and Proficiency Goals that Are Too Low

It is always a pleasure to visit the set of Dan Yorke State of Mind and have a conversation about education issues. I wasn’t planning to talk about a devastating school shooting when I was booked to do the show but obviously that was the first thing to come up. After talking about the complexity… Continue reading TV Appearance with Dan Yorke—Tragedy in Florida, Strengthening RI’s Consent Law, and Proficiency Goals that Are Too Low