Rhode Island

Guest Post: A Providence Teacher Weighs in on State Takeover

By Shannon McCloud I’ve written for Motif for a few years now, but this right here is by far the hardest piece I’ve ever tried to compose. You see when I’m not writing articles or reviewing theater, I’m teaching. I’m an English Language Arts teacher in a high school. A high school in Providence. And wow, do I… Continue reading Guest Post: A Providence Teacher Weighs in on State Takeover

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With a Waitlist of over 3,000, Elorza Can Finally Lead By Opening Up Additional Seats at Achievement First

Jorge Elorza is probably the only Mayor in the country who has direct access to one of the best and one of the worst performing school systems in the state in their own city — and yet he has made the calculated decision not to lead on connecting and collaborating to maximize the impact of… Continue reading With a Waitlist of over 3,000, Elorza Can Finally Lead By Opening Up Additional Seats at Achievement First

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This Story from Nashville Could Have Been Written About Providence Too—Except Our Reading Scores are Even Worse

By Vesia Hawkins Vesia Hawkins is a mom and a grandma and a fierce education advocate in Nashville, TN. She is especially focused on the issue of literacy as well as helping parents to understand how their children are *really* doing in school. This piece could absolutely have been written about Providence—some of the acronyms… Continue reading This Story from Nashville Could Have Been Written About Providence Too—Except Our Reading Scores are Even Worse

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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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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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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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Pointing Fingers Is a Must

Rats. Asbestos. Lead paint. Brown water. Paint peeling off in sheets. Raw sewage. Fewer than 10 percent of 8th grade students able to read and do math at grade level. Ineffective and abusive teachers who can’t be terminated. Classroom work consistently far below grade level. Students watching Netflix and YouTube on their phones during class.… Continue reading Pointing Fingers Is a Must