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Teacher’s Lawsuit Doesn’t Tell Us the Whole Story. Court Testimony Will.

I should know better than to believe—or disbelieve— something just because it’s stated in a lawsuit. Last night I read a story in the Providence Journal about a veteran first grade teacher, Mary Chisholm, who is suing the district of Warwick over what she is calling a failure of the district to provide special education… Continue reading Teacher’s Lawsuit Doesn’t Tell Us the Whole Story. Court Testimony Will.

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State Rep Cites Teachers Needing Job Security as Reason for Supporting Continuing Contracts—And She’s Actually Serious

I was granted tenure—a job for life—at the ripe old age of 26. So imagine how far I spit my Saturday morning coffee when, listening to Ian Donnis’ podcast Political Roundtable on The Public’s Radio, state representative Liana Cassar cited job security for teachers as one of the reasons she voted for a bill that… Continue reading State Rep Cites Teachers Needing Job Security as Reason for Supporting Continuing Contracts—And She’s Actually Serious

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New York Times Already Walking Back Erroneous Claims About Personalized Learning Efforts in Kansas

Nellie Bowles of the New York Times must just really not like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg—or Facebook in general—because there really is no other explanation for her recent “reporting” on school redesign efforts in Kansas that incorporate the Summit Learning Program. (Summit Public Schools and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are partners in developing the Summit Learning… Continue reading New York Times Already Walking Back Erroneous Claims About Personalized Learning Efforts in Kansas

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Ok Mayor Pete, Now Do Parents

Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend who wants to be our next president, has something to say about freedom and the empowering of teachers. I sure do hope he says the same thing about parents. If “empowering teachers means freedom” as he claims, it sure does stand to reason that empowering parents also means… Continue reading Ok Mayor Pete, Now Do Parents

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Consent Age in MA and RI drops to 14 if Touching by Adults in Positions of Authority Doesn’t “Penetrate” the Child —Here’s What You Need to Know

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad—actually grotesque tidings—about the current consent laws in two very blue states that pride themselves on being progressive and so much more enlightened than those other “backward” states. But Texas and Kentucky protect their students and other minors from sexual predation by adults in positions of authority… Continue reading Consent Age in MA and RI drops to 14 if Touching by Adults in Positions of Authority Doesn’t “Penetrate” the Child —Here’s What You Need to Know

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Quick Visit to the Radio to Talk About Union/ACLU Opposition to Criminalizing Sex Between Teachers and Their 16-Year-Old Students

Listen to “Education Blogger Erika Sanzi – Teachers unions, ACLU oppose school sexual assault bill” on Spreaker.

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Two of the Best Teachers I Ever Had: Mrs. Goddard Delivers the Eulogy for Mr. Murphy

I had Mrs. Goddard in 10th and 12th grade and yesterday she gave the eulogy for her colleague and friend of five decades, Gerry Murphy, who I had for two classes during my senior year.  It is hard to put into words what these teachers have meant to so many students—so hard that I’ve been… Continue reading Two of the Best Teachers I Ever Had: Mrs. Goddard Delivers the Eulogy for Mr. Murphy

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Video: Bill to Criminalize Sex Between Teachers and Students Draws Support and Opposition

Listen for yourselves and let us know what you think about the current Rhode Island law that allows for teachers and other school employees to have sex with students once they have turned 16. James Parisi of the UFT opposes the bill. I (Erika Sanzi) support it. The bill being discussed, HB 5817, would make… Continue reading Video: Bill to Criminalize Sex Between Teachers and Students Draws Support and Opposition

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Both Teachers’ Unions Oppose Bill That Would Make Sex with Students a Crime

Yesterday at a hearing for a bill (HB 5817) that would make sex between school employees and students a crime—even after they’ve turned 16, the legal age of consent in Rhode Island—both teachers’ unions made their objections known. NEA RI didn’t have anyone testify but Pat Crowley did sign in to the hearing and note… Continue reading Both Teachers’ Unions Oppose Bill That Would Make Sex with Students a Crime

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Now THIS is parent advocacy!

We are not “crazy” moms, but well-intentioned parents with formal, academic training in teaching and English language studies. -Jamie Lynch and Kate Mayer Everyone Reads T/E is a parent founded advocacy group in Pennsylvania with one single mission that is focused on reading instruction.   The group founders are mothers whose professional and academic training… Continue reading Now THIS is parent advocacy!