By Steve Rackett on August 16, 2017
Lucy Rios is the director of prevention and communications at Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). I talked to her about her work in my continuing series on domestic violence issues. Why is prevention important? We have been strategically working at how do we end domestic violence in our community. We focused a lot […]
Posted in Domestic Violence, Education, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged domestic violence, Education, healthy relationships, Lucy Rios, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ten Men | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 9, 2017
La Salle, continued Thomas Glavin, looked at the building with an eye towards “possibly re-purposing it” or “possibly housing their middle school” and “our engineers and architects advised us that it just wouldn’t work… It’s just not economically feasible.”
Posted in Corporate Greed, Education, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Al Buco, Bonnie Nickerson, Jo-Ann Ryan, La Salle Academy, Providence Planning Department, Providence Water Supply Board, PWSB, request for proposal, RFP, Thomas Glavin | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2017
Less than two weeks after the un-debate, four of the five candidates who qualified for the ballot in the race to be the Ward 3 city councilor from Providence once again took the stage, this time to answer questions, not just listen to the concerns of residents.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Elections, Featured, Housing, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Angel Tavares, buddy cianci, Daniel Chaika, David Cicilline, David Lallier, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, MLK Elementary School, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Rebecca LaFortune, Summit Neighborhood Association, Ted Nesi, ward 3 | 1 Response
By Wendy Holmes on June 27, 2017
Personalized Learning is a misleading term when, for example, the only personalized aspect is the pace at which each student works through the same commercially-produced digital content modules.
Posted in Education, Featured, Massachusetts | Tagged Barbara Madeloni, Blended Learning, Chan Zuckerberg Institute, Competency-Based Learning, Gina Raimondo, International Society for Technology in Education, ISTE, Mark Zuckerberg, Massachusetts Teachers Association, MTA, Personalized Learning, Proficiency-Based Learning, Rhode Island's Progressive Democrats, RIPD, Robert Culatta, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, US Department of Education | 3 Responses
By Kinverly Dicupe and Rekha Rosha on June 27, 2017
For students like me, who are eligible for the full Pell Grant (federal funding for college students), community college is already free. That means the RI Promise Scholarship does not change anything for folks like me. But in its original form, it would have covered the gap between federal funding and the tuition at RIC or URI.
By Nicole Cordier on June 20, 2017
The seizure, detention and interrogation of the young child were based solely on unsubstantiated claims from another child that the girl was carrying “chemicals” in her backpack, and occurred even after the police found nothing in the backpack.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Featured, Justice, Rhode Island, Tiverton, Youth | Tagged ACLU of RI, Amato DeLuca, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Miriam Weizenbaum, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on May 25, 2017
When it comes to pre-kindergarten programs, Rhode Island is slowly becoming one of the best states in the nation, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research’s annual State of Preschool Yearbooks released yesterday. “Rhode Island is a leader on funding per child and preschool quality standards, meeting all 10 current and new benchmarks,” […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2017
“I want to go to college, but low-income students like me have to rely on student loans that don’t even cover the full price,” said Jayleen Salcedo, a senior at Classical High School and a member of the Providence Student Union (PSU).
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFT, arole Marshall, blackstone academy, Classical High School, Community College of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Jayleen Salcedo, providence public schools, providence student union, psu, Quenby Hughes, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island Promise, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island State House, ric, RIC Adjuncts Union, RIC Professional Staff Association, RIC/AFT Faculty Union, university of rhode island, URI, Young Voices | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on May 8, 2017
“We have a crisis with our facilities,” said state Education Commissioner Ken Wagner about the state of school buildings in Rhode Island during the student question and answer portion of his State of Education speech Monday night. A student from Chariho posed the question. He said his school resembles a prison. Then there’s Providence. In […]
By Bob Plain on May 4, 2017
As Rhode Island considers extending the social contract at the tail end of the public education experience with Governor Gina Raimondo’s high profile RI Promise proposal, it’s worth noting the Ocean State has been extending it at the other end for almost a decade. This September, the state-funded pre-kindergarten program adds four new classrooms in […]
By Bob Plain on May 2, 2017
“As a mother I sure wouldn’t want that happening to my kids,” said Governor Gina Raimondo when this reporter explained to her the concept of lunch shaming. Several Rhode Island school districts serve cold cheese sandwiches in lieu of a hot lunch if their parents miss payments for the meal (here and here). “We shouldn’t […]
By Bob Plain on April 27, 2017
A new bill seeks to outlaw lunch shaming policies in Rhode Island public school cafeterias by mandating “Type A” lunches for all students. The way it’s written, it could also make school lunch free to all students. “It’s a very simple solution,” said the bill’s lead sponsor Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, of Providence, “provide a hot […]
By Bob Plain on April 25, 2017
The suburbs aren’t the only place lunch shaming happens in Rhode Island. Some urban school districts have also experimented with the so-called cheese sandwich policy – when public school cafeterias serve students a cold cheese sandwich in lieu of a hot lunch because their parents are delinquent on the bill. Pawtucket: cheese or sunbutter sandwich […]
By Bob Plain on April 19, 2017
It’s known as lunch shaming. Students are subjected to special, sometimes embarrassing, treatment because their parents didn’t pay the school lunch bill.
Posted in Bristol, East Greenwich, Education, Featured, Portsmouth, South Kingstown | Tagged Bristol, east greenwich, lunch shaming, portsmouth, ride, school lunch, south kingstown, warren | 3 Responses
By Selene Means on April 16, 2017
When the Providence Student Union announced their campaign to pass a Student Bill of Rights in Kennedy Plaza downtown, photographer Selene Means was on hand to capture the event. Enjoy.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged kennedy plaza, providence student union, psu, SBOR, Selene Means, Student Bill of Rights | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 7, 2017
The Student Bill of Rights, said Providence high school student Jayleen Salcedo, is “a document that the PSU made up to defend the rights of all students in the city, of all students in the state and in the country.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Labor, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Central High School, conversion therapy, donald trump, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jayleen Salcedo, kennedy plaza, Mike Pence, providence student union, psu, SBOR, Student Bill of Rights, Tatiana Hall | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 17, 2017
House Finance was hit with hours of testimony from experts about Governor Gina Raimondo’s free college plan, but far more interesting were the comments of the 11 high school students who spoke.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, Photos, Poverty, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged free college, Gina Raimondo, house finance committee, Marvin Abney | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 16, 2017
Governor Gina Raimondo told the House Finance Committee that her proposal to make two years of public college free to local high school students “could be a game changer for Rhode Island.” The Rhode Island Promise proposal, she explained, “is all about making sure Rhode Islanders are getting all the good jobs that businesses are […]
RI school superintendents called on to ‘forcefully and publicly reaffirm’ transgender student rights
By Steve Ahlquist on February 27, 2017
“Transgender students are protected by the Constitution and Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex, including when using restrooms and other school facilities. The federal laws that are used to protect transgender students have not changed, and school districts across the country must still comply with them.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Cumberland, East Greenwich, Education, Featured, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, Providence, South Kingstown, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, AIDS Project RI, Chris Lauth, donald trump, Family Service of RI, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Racial Justice Coalition, RI Commission for Human Rights, RI Commission on Prejudice and Bias, RI Department of Education, RI Pride, RI Working Families, SAGE-RI, Sojourner House, TGI Network, Thundermist Health Center, transgender students, Youth Pride Inc | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 24, 2017
With the revocation of federal guidelines specifying that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity, the Donald Trump administration demonstrated its cavalier disregard for the rights of transgender students across the nation.
Posted in Civil Rights, Cumberland, East Greenwich, Education, Featured, LGBTQ, National News, Providence, South Kingstown | Tagged donald trump, jack reed, National Education Association Rhode Island, NEARI, Youth Pride Inc, YPI | 1 Response