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The Night They Voted To Allow the State to Take Over Providence Schools

The room’s total capacity was 188 people. Providence is a district of 25,000 students and 3,000 staff. It is located in a part of the city where streets are narrow and parking is very limited—especially when Michael Bublé is performing and it’s opening night for Hamilton. But Good School Hunting has already addressed why all… Continue reading The Night They Voted To Allow the State to Take Over Providence Schools

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Wall Street Journal Didn’t Print My Letter-to-the-Editor. So, here it is.

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.

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This Is Not What Public Service Looks Like in 2019

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

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Tone Deaf and Insulting to Providence Parents or Just Having Some Fun?

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?

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RI Education Commissioner Requests to Take Over Providence Schools

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.)

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Some Questions for the Providence Teachers’ Union

It is impossible to even ponder a successful turn-around of the Providence Schools System without major changes to the current teachers’ contract. The now notorious report out of Johns Hopkins was clear in its contention that the collective bargaining agreement plays a central role in the district’s dysfunction. The Providence Teachers’ Union (PTU)— a local… Continue reading Some Questions for the Providence Teachers’ Union

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No Poker Face in Providence

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

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11-Year-Old Providence Student: We Don’t Let Animals Live in the Conditions Present In Our Schools

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

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Vesia Hawkins Has An Independence Day Message To The System Protectors and Opportunity Hoarders

It’s not broken. It was built this way. It was built to oppress. It was built to control. It was built for profit. It was built for political gain and power. It lives off of us. – Ava DuVernay On the weekend leading up to Juneteenth, Black Americans’ Independence Day and my wedding anniversary, I… Continue reading Vesia Hawkins Has An Independence Day Message To The System Protectors and Opportunity Hoarders

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Sounding the Alarm for Boys in Our Schools

Legendary actress Meryl Streep recently garnered a considerable amount of media attention during a Vanity Fair panel about the second season of HBO’s series “Big Little Lies.” Much to the surprise of many, Streep was highly critical of the phrase “toxic masculinity,” asserting that the use of it actually “hurts our boys.” She went on… Continue reading Sounding the Alarm for Boys in Our Schools