Rhode Island · School Talk

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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Why Can’t Matt Damon Just Listen to Ricky Gervais?

Thank your agent, thank your God, and fuck off. Okay? When comedian Ricky Gervais took a flamethrower to the Golden Globes last night and called out the Hollywood elites for their hypocrisy and faux-wokeness, I immediately thought of Matt Damon. The father of four who shot to stardom after his lead role in Good Will Hunting has… Continue reading Why Can’t Matt Damon Just Listen to Ricky Gervais?

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Elizabeth Warren: Hey Parents, It’s Up To You to Fix Your Schools

Last night around 6 pm I became aware of an interview that Elizabeth Warren did a few weeks ago with the president of the National Education Association, one of the two teachers’ unions whose endorsement Democratic candidates grovel all over themselves in hope of getting. Enter Liz Warren, private school parent who thinks parents owe… Continue reading Elizabeth Warren: Hey Parents, It’s Up To You to Fix Your Schools

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Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Trust Parents (Unless They Have Money)

Elizabeth Warren wants to batten down the hatches but unlike a ship captain who feels a duty to protect his passengers from an impending storm, Warren’s mission is to prevent them from escaping to safety—well, at least the poor ones. In her just released education plan, she isn’t throwing educational lifeboats to anybody who can’t pay—as… Continue reading Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Trust Parents (Unless They Have Money)

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Bernie’s Sick Joke (A Thread)

At the very end of National Charter School week and on the 25th anniversary of Brown v Board, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders dropped an education bomb. Here’s one of the best—and first—threads I saw on Twitter just minutes after the announcement, written by Inez Stepman. Inez Feltscher Stepman is a first generation American and senior… Continue reading Bernie’s Sick Joke (A Thread)

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Smart Moms on Roseanne, Mental Health, School Justice, Black Excellence and Celebration

Happy Friday everyone! I celebrated my 45th birthday this week which explains my sudden appreciation for anti-aging products and my newfound commitment to Weight Watchers. Yup. For the very first time, I am a Weight Watchers member and I must say that even I am surprised at the discipline I’ve shown…for the past 13 days.… Continue reading Smart Moms on Roseanne, Mental Health, School Justice, Black Excellence and Celebration

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The Associated Press Never Complained That MY School Was Segregated. It Was 2 Percent Black.

There is something very wrong with outlets like Associated Press suddenly being concerned with what they deem to be “segregated” schools simply because parents of color are making their own choices about where to send their children to school. I guess only all-Black and all-Brown schools bother them since suburban kids have been attending all-white schools forever… Continue reading The Associated Press Never Complained That MY School Was Segregated. It Was 2 Percent Black.

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An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

Dear Matt Damon – You don’t know me, although we do have some mutual acquaintances. Those would be families whose children attend(ed) a New York City private school alongside your daughters. I, in fact, am the person who helped them with the application process for those schools. Because that’s what I do, Matt Damon. I help… Continue reading An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours