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).
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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.
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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
By Bob Plain on February 22, 2017
Michelle Terminesi, of Wakefield, has a son in college and a daughter on the way. She and her husband don’t really know how they are going to pay for it. “We have two people in our family who are trying to make a better life for themselves through college,” she said yesterday, while speaking at […]
By Bob Plain on February 20, 2017
Javier Montanez, the principal of Leviton Dual Language School in Providence, interrupts a second grade class with a message in English. He then walks down the hall and delivers a similar message to a fifth grade class in Spanish. Both classrooms know what Montanez said because this is how education is delivered at Leviton – […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England, Benjamin Evans, Betsy DeVos, Burnside Park, Community Safety Act, donald trump, Edward Benson, FANG Collective, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, John Dineen, Martha Yaeger, Mike Araujo, my Tabor, National Lawyers Guild, Nick Katkevich, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI ACLU, RISD, Sheida Soleimani, SNAP, US District Court in Providence, Zack Mezera | Leave a response
By Nick Inglis on January 21, 2017
When Barack Obama ran for the presidency, we embraced the promise of hope. It is this hope that will endure beyond the presidency of Barack Obama – not in his successor – but in our youth. In spite of, and in the face of the coming presidency of Donald Trump who will be inaugurated today […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
Young people didn’t get to vote on November 8, 2016, but in debating this walkout, students participated in their own democratic process, and built student power on their own terms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, donald trump, Providence Public School Department, providence student union, PrYSM, psu, Youth in Action | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
The effort to prevent the privatization of public schools will be that much more difficult in the era of Trump.
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By New Leaders Council RI on January 17, 2017
New Leaders Council (NLC) Rhode Island works to recruit, train, and promote our state’s progressive leaders. We value inclusion, equity of opportunity, civil and human rights, and collective responsibility. We carry out these values by creating a collaborative community that reflects and celebrates Rhode Island’s diversity and empowers change agents and the next generation of […]
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged Alexander Henao, Alexander Lucini, Carlene Fonseca, Carlon Howard, Carolina Correa, Catherine Brennan, Elena Vasquez, Gisel Bello, Hannah McIntire, Isaac Albanese, james diossa, Jaretta Konneh, Justin Thomas, Kaiya Leatherer, Kate Pisano, Kayla Rosen, Meghan Rego, New Leaders Council Rhode Island, nlc, NLC Institute, Oluwadamilola Animashaun, Ryan Segur, Sandra Cano, Sol Taubin, Tori Guen, Valerie Castanteen | Leave a response