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
A West Virginia mom knew something was wrong at her daughter’s school so she hid a recording device in the non-verbal child’s hair for one day. What she heard on the device when her daughter returned home confirmed her suspicions and explained why her daughter did not want to go to school. This story is… Continue reading This Happened in West Virginia Too—Does Anyone on Strike Even Know or Care?
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
Its mission is to help improve education for every child, especially in the state’s poorest counties. Lots of people have been wondering what former ambassador and governor Nikki haley is going to do next and we now know at least one of the things on her list: She is returning to her education foundation, The… Continue reading Nikki Haley Returns to Her Education Foundation
Mary Hudson is a teacher from New York chronicled her experience working in three different schools between 2001 and 2010. The piece is powerful, provocative and makes for an important conversation starter about what is really happening in schools. My own experience in 4 schools between 1998 and 2013 was different in ways and also… Continue reading A Teacher Speaks Out
“Comparing FTC students with demographically and academically similar students who remained in public schools, we find a positive impact on college enrollment in every sector.” – Urban Institute They say that “If it bleeds, it leads” and perhaps that’s the explanation for such anemic coverage of some good news out of Florida about the Florida… Continue reading Good News Out of Florida: Parents Choose and More Kids Finish College
Stacey Abrams became something of a household name in the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterms and tonight she will give the Democrat response to the President’s State of the Union Address. Abrams shot to political stardom when she came close to becoming Georgia’s first Black woman governor. And there would have been much… Continue reading There’s a Lot to Like About Stacey Abrams But Her Opposition to School Choice Isn’t One of Them
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.
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
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?