By John McDaid on September 18, 2016
Hundreds of educators, school administrators, and students came together at the RI Convention Center today for the fifth annual “Innovation Powered by Technology” conference, sponsored by the RI Dept. of Education. Across dozens of small discussions, panels, and demos, participants from all across the state had the chance to share best practices, learn about innovations, […]
By Bob Plain on August 25, 2016
Congressman David Cicilline will file a new bill in September that will address the student loan debt crisis facing America, he announced at a press conference today. “Millions of young Americans are being forced to either take on massive amounts of debt or give up on the pursuit of a college degree,” Cicilline said. “This […]
By Sheila Resseger on August 10, 2016
Hopefully many parents, teachers, and concerned RI residents are aware that the RI Council on Elementary and Secondary Education has proposed changes to the high school diploma system. They will host four public hearings in late August and early September, and also are accepting public comment in writing. Here is the link to the draft […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 29, 2016
On her first night in our Providence, Malala Yousafzai ate at the restaurant India on the East Side. In her telling, she ate too much and decided to go for a walk in the park with her father. In the park, she says, “Nobody was even looking at me.” Everyone was too busy playing Pokémon Go.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
The Nuns arrived at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence to the music of the Extraordinary Rendition Band and St. Michael’s own drummers.
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By Andrew Stewart on July 15, 2016
The answer to why public school teachers are absent so often is easily explained if you ever walk into our under-funded school buildings that have gone decades without serious renovations and are host to a variety of workplace hazards. Perhaps Gov. Raimondo is right to be concerned. “I use the example that our buildings are […]
By Youth Pride Inc on July 1, 2016
Youth Pride is delighted to endorse a new policy approved by the Providence School Board that outlines more inclusive practices, services and support for all students in how they wish to express their gender identity. The policy also creates the opportunity for a conversation with each self-identified student by a team of trained professionals to tailor services to best fit individual needs.
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By Bob Plain on June 28, 2016
How misleading are Providence Journal editorials on public education and specifically charter schools? The news department ran a front page story this morning overtly correcting misinformation found in its editorials.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
Rhode Island must raise the minimum wage to $15.
Rhode Island must implement single-payer universal health insurance for all residents.
By Young Democrats of RI on June 3, 2016
YDRI wholeheartedly endorses Susan Donovan for the Democratic Primary in HD 69, Bristol/Portsmouth.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2016
In the case of ethics reform, it took a disaster to change Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s mind. Is the Speaker waiting for another kind of disaster to occur before he gets behind common sense gun reform?
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By Claire Pimentel on May 2, 2016
Rep. Grace Diaz’s Tuition Equity bill was heard in the House Finance Committee meeting Thursday evening, with several student activists giving powerful testimony in support of the legislation. House Bill 7374 would codify existing policy that grants in-state tuition rates at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities to undocumented students who have graduated from the […]
By ACLU of RI on March 31, 2016
The ACLU of RI and RI Legal Services today applauded a Superior Court decision holding that the Cumberland school district could not charge a student a $700 fee in order to attend summer school to avoid repeating ninth grade.
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By ACLU of RI on March 30, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced it has agreed to provide legal representation to the Warwick Post and the Warwick Beacon, both of which have been threatened with a defamation suit if they write stories about the contents of a public document.
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2016
The State House will be a raucous, contentious place this evening as a series of bills dealing with guns will be heard in the House Judiciary meeting in room 101 at the rise of the House, around 4:30-5pm.
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By Andrew Stewart on March 20, 2016
This month Rhode Island students will again be subjected to the PARCC testing regime. Here are some tools used by others to resist and refuse the testing regime. Out in Chicago, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators has created a treasure trove of anti-testing materials we want to share with parents and students who […]
By Andrew Stewart on March 16, 2016
According to City Hall, Providence has a major budget crisis to face but if this is true, why are we paying a finder’s fee to the corporately-backed nonprofit Teach for America?
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2016
The Concerned Alumni of Mount Saint Charles Academy have been invited by school’s president, Herve Richer, to discuss possible solutions to the problem of accommodating tans students. They also report that the language regarding the non-admission of trans students has been omitted from the school’s website.
By Andrew Stewart on March 9, 2016
The war on public education includes union busting but also the destruction of teacher tenure.
By Bob Plain on March 6, 2016
YouthPride reached out to Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonoskcet “to offer information and professional development on best practices for supporting transgender students.”