The recent editorial “An Education Horror Show”, written about my little state of Rhode Island, was absolutely spot on. But it missed one other important education story out of Little Rhody that reinforces what the WSJ’s editorial board so aptly describes as “government and union neglect.” Rhode Island is one of a hand full of… Continue reading Wall Street Journal Didn’t Print My Letter-to-the-Editor. So, here it is.
Last night was a much anticipated meeting of the Rhode Island State Board of Education meeting—it’s impossible to imagine that those in charge did not expect a large crowd. The agenda included a vote on whether or not to allow Angélica Infante Green, the state education commissioner, to take over the Providence Schools. But somehow,… Continue reading This Is Not What Public Service Looks Like in 2019
Last weekend I sat and listened to over four hours of testimony, mostly from Providence parents, about their frustration and even panic over the Johns Hopkins report on the Providence Schools. There was anger. Anguish. Pain. And a common refrain that the very same schools that had failed them as students were now failing their… Continue reading Tone Deaf and Insulting to Providence Parents or Just Having Some Fun?
Just weeks after the scathing Johns Hopkins report on the Providence Schools, Rhode Island’s new Education Commissioner has officially requested to take over the Providence Schools. Below is a copy of her official request (hat tip to Steph Machado of WPRI for sharing this document on Twitter.)
Angelica Infante-Green, Rhode Island’s new education commissioner, will never be known for her poker face and at a time like the one we currently face in Providence, that is actually a comfort. The pain is real. The failure is real. And it’s important for parents and community members to see disgust, disbelief and determination on… Continue reading No Poker Face in Providence
Since the release of the blistering Johns Hopkins report on the Providence Public Schools, the new state education commissioner, Angélica Infante Green, and the city’s Mayor, Jorge Elorza, have hosted 9 open community forums in different schools around the city. Today marked the last two forums—one in English, one in Spanish—and one of the speakers… Continue reading 11-Year-Old Providence Student: We Don’t Let Animals Live in the Conditions Present In Our Schools
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
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
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
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.