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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

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Parents Say Enough is enough

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

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Statement from Bristol/Warren Teachers on Friday Sick-Out.

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.

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Raimondo and Dann-Messier Are Wrong on Title IX

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

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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