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Rhode Island School Star Rating System Gives Unfair Advantage to Mostly White Affluent Schools

Rhode Island’s system for rating school quality by assigning them between one and five stars is fundamentally flawed. Why? It holds white affluent schools to a lower standard than schools that serve high numbers of low-income English language learners. One of the categories on which schools are judged only applies to some schools and they… Continue reading Rhode Island School Star Rating System Gives Unfair Advantage to Mostly White Affluent Schools

Rhode Island · School Talk

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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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

Rhode Island · School Talk

New School Rating System Has One Major Flaw

Parents appreciate a quick snapshot of the school their children attend, or might attend. Community members appreciate information about how the schools their tax dollars fund are actually doing and local leaders rely on the information to make decisions about education policy and capital expenditures. It’s helpful to know whether a school earned 4 stars… Continue reading New School Rating System Has One Major Flaw

Rhode Island

RI School Report Cards Are Out and Dan McGowan Has the Scoop

No, they aren’t Amazon reviews. They are school ratings. How many stars does your kid’s school have? Or the school down the street? Or the school you’ve always heard is so great? Or bad? Well, now you can find out thanks to Rhode Island’s new school rating system and unsurprisingly, WPRI’s Dan McGowan has written… Continue reading RI School Report Cards Are Out and Dan McGowan Has the Scoop

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What Happens When PK-12 Educators and Preparation Programs Work Together?

By Lauren Matlach, Daniela Fairchild, and Sarah Whiting We’ve all witnessed the education blame game.  Our education system is imperfect and, at times, it’s easier to blame someone else than to own the part we play in failing our students.  Over the past few years, teacher preparation programs have become a favorite punching bag of… Continue reading What Happens When PK-12 Educators and Preparation Programs Work Together?

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I Got To Talk About Protecting Kids on TV!

We all agree we need to do a better job of protecting kids and while an explosive story plays out in Providence and a principal finds herself charged with a misdemeanor, we realize we have more questions than answers. In the aftermath of the arrest of a Providence elementary school principal for failure to contact… Continue reading I Got To Talk About Protecting Kids on TV!

Rhode Island

Grad Rates are Up and Moody’s Gives Nod to Free College

#1 On The Rise Rhode island’s high school graduation rates continue to rise. That is good news. The state now boasts a rate of 85 percent, up from 77 percent in 2011 and some schools and districts have seen double digit gains in recent years. While we didn’t see any drops based on race or… Continue reading Grad Rates are Up and Moody’s Gives Nod to Free College