New Education Movement: High Stakes Test Boycott

New Education Movement: High Stakes Test Boycott

In the last month we’ve seen some very exciting developments in the world of democratic education. A decision by teachers in one public high school in Seattle to boycott a standardized test lit a fire that spread to teachers and students in other schools in Seattle. And now, it appears, the fire is spreading to […]

Protest High-Stakes Testing Wednesday At State House

Protest High-Stakes Testing Wednesday At State House

Are you fed up with the standardized test-ification of our public schools? Think that high-stakes testing has distorting effects on education? Or do you just believe that it is wrong to punish individuals for larger systemic failures? If you answered “yes” to any of these question, then be sure to join the Providence Student Union […]

Providence Student Union Is Now Online

Providence Student Union Is Now Online

It’s official! The Providence Student Union finally has a home on the web. You should check it out: www.providencestudentunion.org For those who haven’t heard of PSU, it is a youth-led, school-based organization that brings young people together to build the collective power of high school students across Providence to ensure youth have a real voice in […]

Tales of the Unemployment Crisis: Elaine’s Dilemma

Tales of the Unemployment Crisis: Elaine’s Dilemma

Elaine is a born-and-raised Rhode Islander who has been unemployed for four years now. Her story, like the stories of so many others, is a product of the housing market crash. For many years, Elaine worked at a title company doing real estate closings. Their biggest client was Countrywide, so when that corporation went under […]

RI Teaching Fellows Program Exposed?

RI Teaching Fellows Program Exposed?

Just saw thisfrom Diane Ravitch’s blog and wanted to post. It’s an email sent to Ravitch from a former participant in the RI Teaching Fellows Program. And it does not paint a pretty picture of the organization. Kudos to Theresa Laperche, the writer, for opening up about her experiences. There has been so much debate about […]

Don’t Make It Worse for Jobless Rhode Islanders

Don’t Make It Worse for Jobless Rhode Islanders

What’s crazier than a state with 11% unemployment? How about a state with 11% unemployment laying off 57 frontline workers at the Department of Labor and Training, cutting the services the unemployed depend on every day? Yeah, that’s crazier. Yet that’s exactly what the state is doing, with mass layoffs scheduled to take effect July […]

Stories from Rhode Island’s Unemployment Crisis

Stories from Rhode Island’s Unemployment Crisis

In Rhode Island, we talk a lot about unemployment. We talk about the numbers and the rates, we talk about our awful state ranking. But what is often missing from the conversation are the voices of the actual Rhode Islanders who are going through this crisis, who are struggling each and every day to find […]