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Don’t Believe Union Leaders When They Say Student Safety is Their Priority—It Isn’t.

The teachers’ unions in Rhode Island are masters of manipulation and sometimes their default is to cite student safety as their top priority. The school committee in East Greenwich is contemplating a policy that would “enable parents to enter the classroom to make formal observations of their child in the learning environment.” Union reps are… Continue reading Don’t Believe Union Leaders When They Say Student Safety is Their Priority—It Isn’t.

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Randi Weingarten Headed to Providence to Pretend ‘It’s All About the Kids”

We knew it was only a matter of time until Randi Weingarten, the grand Pooh Bah of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), would come swooping in to Providence under the guise of “it’s for the kids.” And we were right—the Providence Teachers’ Union event today is literally called “It’s About Our Kids.” Weingarten is… Continue reading Randi Weingarten Headed to Providence to Pretend ‘It’s All About the Kids”

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Your Selective Outrage Is Very Unbecoming, Andrew

Former Tallahassee mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum apparently thinks that the traumatization of a 6-year-old child is the perfect weapon in his continued fight against charter school and educational freedom. He discovered that Kaia Rolle was taken in handcuffs from a charter school and reflexively and ran with it on Twitter because he isn’t… Continue reading Your Selective Outrage Is Very Unbecoming, Andrew

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Schools Have Started Sending Coronavirus Letters to Parents

When the CDC said in a press conference that it’s time for schools and businesses to start preparing for a possible pandemic outbreak in the U.S. of the coronavirus, it was only a matter of time until schools started sending letters home to parents. I got my first one today from one of my son’s… Continue reading Schools Have Started Sending Coronavirus Letters to Parents

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Providence Teachers’ Contract Does Not Require Teachers to Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences

Ever have those moments when something seems so crazy and so wrong that you fall into that trap of optimism and naïveté, convinced that finally you have found something about which there will be universal agreement? I certainly have moments like that. And it happened this weekend when I discovered and subsequently shared the fact… Continue reading Providence Teachers’ Contract Does Not Require Teachers to Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences

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A Visit to the TV Studio and a Radio Chat

I had the privilege of appearing on Dan Yorke State of Mind last night to talk about a few important education issues —the first is related to funding proposals designed to cripple charter schools and the second is about a recent report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute about the proven benefits of teachers who… Continue reading A Visit to the TV Studio and a Radio Chat

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Stop Forcing Students into Your Schools Over Money

Tim Duffy is the executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees and he wants to see underperforming charter schools close. Seems fair, until we consider the fact that he never calls for the closure of district schools that have quite literally failed generations of students and often perform as badly or worse… Continue reading Stop Forcing Students into Your Schools Over Money

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Bloomberg’s Appeal to Black Voters May Be the Primary Version of the Gillum Effect

Michael Bloomberg is polling very well with black voters and it has caught plenty of pundits and political junkies off guard. Some have expressed surprise at his rising poll numbers and skepticism that his appeal will have staying power. It’s likely that lots of people assume that Bloomberg’s long time support for stop-and-frisk policing in… Continue reading Bloomberg’s Appeal to Black Voters May Be the Primary Version of the Gillum Effect

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Let’s Ignore the Adult Drama and Focus on Outcomes for Students

Media folks and others were quick to notice that Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was absent from the press conference where the new superintendent of Providence Schools, Harrison Peters, was officially introduced. His office says he wasn’t invited. And predictably, his absence has now become a story —and that is part of our problem. We rail… Continue reading Let’s Ignore the Adult Drama and Focus on Outcomes for Students

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Providence Finally Has a New Superintendent

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green has finally announced who will take the reins of the Providence Public Schools in the wake of the Johns Hopkins report and subsequent state takeover. His name is Harrison Peters and he comes to Little Rhody by way of Florida. Infante-Green didn’t sugarcoat the challenges that await Mr. Peters… Continue reading Providence Finally Has a New Superintendent