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Pointing Fingers Is a Must

Rats. Asbestos. Lead paint. Brown water. Paint peeling off in sheets. Raw sewage. Fewer than 10 percent of 8th grade students able to read and do math at grade level. Ineffective and abusive teachers who can’t be terminated. Classroom work consistently far below grade level. Students watching Netflix and YouTube on their phones during class.… Continue reading Pointing Fingers Is a Must

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New RI Commish Says There Is No Way She Would Send Her Own Children to a Providence School

Angélica Infante-Green did not pull any punches when answering questions about a devastating report released yesterday by Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy. When asked to describe the report in a word, she said “heart-wrenching.” And anyone who has read the 93-page report likely knows exactly why she landed on that word. When asked… Continue reading New RI Commish Says There Is No Way She Would Send Her Own Children to a Providence School

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Some Straight Talk About Why Students in Warwick Are Crying At a Microphone And Storming City Hall

While hoards of Warwick students headed to the microphone at last night’s school committee meeting, many in tears over the elimination of all sports and clubs from the budget, it is unlikely that any of them understand the recklessness that got them to this painful place. When you have already closed schools and laid off… Continue reading Some Straight Talk About Why Students in Warwick Are Crying At a Microphone And Storming City Hall

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A Visit to the TV Studio with Dan Yorke—We Talk Salisbury Steak, Emily Post, and the Governor’s Gift to the NEA.

I am always grateful for the opportunity to visit Dan Yorke State of Mind and talk about what is happening in our schools or at the state house that will impact our schools—and last week was a doozy. Dan and I don’t always agree on everything but we certainly resist the 2019 fad of hating… Continue reading A Visit to the TV Studio with Dan Yorke—We Talk Salisbury Steak, Emily Post, and the Governor’s Gift to the NEA.

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Both Teachers’ Unions Oppose Bill That Would Make Sex with Students a Crime

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

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A Visit to the ‘Matt Allen Uncut’ Podcast

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

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Can We Focus on Basic Literacy Before Financial Literacy, Please?

“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?

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RI Makes a Superb Pick for Education Commissioner (Though the Process Leaves Something to Be Desired)

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)

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A Visit to the TV Studio!

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!

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Pump the Brakes and Fix the System Before You Talk About Hiring a New Superintendent

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