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
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
Rhode Island Governor Raimondo (D) presented her State of the State address last night, quickly followed by a rebuttal by House Minority Leader Blake Filippi. While Raimondo spoke at length about education, she admitted that the the system in Providence is “broken” and promised that the district would adopt new curriculum, increase access to Advanced… Continue reading Representative Blake Filippi Stands Up for Parents, Calls Out Hypocrisy of RI Elected Officials
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?
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
After what happened last night at Elizabeth Warren’s rally in Atlanta, Democrats might want to reconsider their strategy of attacking school choice. Black and brown parents, some who have been fighting chronically failing schools locally for decades, have had enough. A group of hundreds of mostly black parents —and grand parents and great grandparents —descended on Atlanta… Continue reading Parents at Elizabeth Warren Rally Are Done Being Ignored and They’re Fighting Back
I just signed up for Weight Watchers. It will be my second time using their app to track my daily points. It worked last time—and then, as with most things, I grew bored of it and stopped doing it. This is not a character trait I recommend, by the way. It certainly would have been… Continue reading I’m Back on Weight Watchers — Because of School Choice?
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)
When a young student of color is tormented in school to the point of suicide because of his sexual identity and ultimately finds acceptance at a private school, the silence on the left can be deafening. Rather than rejoice in the victory and resilience of a student who overcomes a living hell, status quo protectors… Continue reading Student Who Tried to Take His Life: “I’m In A Better Place Now.”
This is the moment in time when Black leaders must decide how committed they are—or are not—to the education of Black and Brown children. This week, ground zero of our education war is California but don’t be fooled—this evil is coming for all of us. If our Black leaders won’t stand up now, we know… Continue reading Gwen Samuel Tells Black Leaders To Stop Being Complicit and Stand Up For Black Parents