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Some Straight Talk About Why Students in Warwick Are Crying At a Microphone And Storming City Hall

While hoards of Warwick students headed to the microphone at last night’s school committee meeting, many in tears over the elimination of all sports and clubs from the budget, it is unlikely that any of them understand the recklessness that got them to this painful place. When you have already closed schools and laid off… Continue reading Some Straight Talk About Why Students in Warwick Are Crying At a Microphone And Storming City Hall

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To Die or Not to Die on the Sun Butter Hill—Some Important Facts About the Warwick Lunch Story

Lunch shaming is an issue that goes viral. And fast. People immediately react emotionally to children being forced to wear the scarlet letter of a sun butter sandwich because their parents have not paid their lunch bills. Welcome to Warwick, Rhode Island where the school committee began implementation of an alternative lunch program this week… Continue reading To Die or Not to Die on the Sun Butter Hill—Some Important Facts About the Warwick Lunch Story

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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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My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

I am lucky to have the opportunity to occasionally share what I know and think about local education issues on Dan Yorke’s radio and TV programs. I wrote about the situation in Warwick earlier in the week here and appeared on Dan Yorke State of Mind the next day. Since my appearance, a tentative agreement between… Continue reading My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

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Judge Comes Down on Side of District and Grants Restraining Order

It is sad that a school district superintendent has to spend his day in court just to get his teachers to come to school, but that is the depressing story playing out in Warwick, Rhode Island. Here in the littlest state in the union we awoke to news that three more schools—elementary ones this time—would… Continue reading Judge Comes Down on Side of District and Grants Restraining Order