By Steve Ahlquist on September 30, 2015
Students held signs and talked to the media after school today in support of a teacher suspended for his comments about birth control in a tenth grade class. According to student Layla Vafiadis, English teacher William Ashton was teaching a class on early American literature at the Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and […]
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Featured, Photos, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Bring Back Ashton, Hope Norton, Isabelle Long, Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and Visual Arts, JMW, Layla Vafiadis, Maggie Roberts, Patti DiCenso, William Ashton | 3 Responses
By Hillary Davis on September 29, 2015
The freedom to read is the freedom to learn, to imagine, to challenge your own beliefs, and to see the world from a new point of view. Too often, that freedom is challenged by individuals who would censor important and challenging books rather than embrace them. As part of our ongoing work to fight against […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
Bill Ashton, a teacher at Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and Visual Arts, has been supended again, this time for mentioning birth control during a discussion about the Puritans. Ashton had been suspended back in March for his comments about PARCC testing, and a massive student protest helped him keep his job.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, reproductive freedom | Tagged birth control, Bring Back Ashton, Hope Norton, Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and Visual Arts, JMW, Maggie Roberts, Patti DiCenso, William Ashton | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2015
Four people spoke on trans and intersex gender identities from a Catholic perspective at the Arch Street United Methodist Church across the street from the World Conference of Families in Philadelphia. The event was originally scheduled to take place at the St. John the Evangelist parish, but according to organizers was, “evicted from the space by Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Philadephia Archdiocese.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2015
Two women not allowed to speak at the United Nations held a forum on global women labor rights while Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly in New York City. Why are their voices marginalized?
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By Sheila Resseger on September 24, 2015
The Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education had a meeting on September 21 and other than the council members and RI Department of Education staffers, it was not well attended. These meetings are open to the public, and there is an open forum section on the agenda in which anyone from the public […]
By Hillary Davis on September 15, 2015
Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, and the ACLU of Rhode Island is excited to announce our plans to celebrate Constitution Day this week by hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt highlighting Providence’s civil liberties history.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Featured, Holidays, Providence, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Providence, Rhode Island, students, Youth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
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By Raffi Jansezian on September 3, 2015
Congressman David Cicilline met Wednesday with local child care workers to discuss the need for high quality care that pays a living wage. “It’s time for Congress to take action to ensure that high quality, affordable child care is accessible for every American family,” said Cicilline. “And that the childcare workforce can access the training […]
By Dan Lawlor on August 24, 2015
6,864 young Rhode Islanders attended public school buildings that the state declared, “need major renovations or need to be replaced,” according to a 2013 RIDE report that detailed more than $1.7 billion in repairs needed to ensure the health and safety of students, teachers, staff and families in all Rhode Island public schools. In Pawtucket alone, over $108 […]
By Bob Plain on August 11, 2015
No ground has been broken yet, but it can now be said that the much-maligned moratorium on school construction is officially over. Governor Gina Raimondo today launched the new School Building Authority Capital Fund, a $20 million line item in the 2016 budget that will go to fixing Rhode Island’s aging and too often decrepit […]
By Sheila Resseger on August 4, 2015
Dr. Ken Wagner, Rhode Island’s new commissioner of public education, was asked what strategies he would propose to address the achievement gap between students of color and their Caucasian counterparts at the July 13 joint meeting of the Board of Education and Council on Elementary and Secondary Education at which his nomination was confirmed. (video […]
By Wendy Holmes on August 3, 2015
After the much touted “listening sessions” the search sank from public view. There was no BOE Search Committee and, as far as I can discover, no new job description that incorporated the findings of the listening sessions. The one that I received from Angela Teixeira, special assistant to the commissioner and liaison to the Board of Education, is dated September 2004.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 27, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe “was not a saint, she was better than that. She was human,” said her sister Kathy Keefe to an impressive crowd of 200 people at the newly christened Sister Ann Keefe Post Office at 820 Elmwood in Providence.
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By Elisha Aldrich on July 22, 2015
The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island has officially begun the application process for its 2015-2016 Women’s Policy Institute. The institute, which began in 2011, works to increase the number of women leaders that are involved in state policy creation. Members will first be trained, and then will work to draft and support legislation concerning women’s […]
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By Elisha Aldrich on July 17, 2015
The United States Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act Thursday, which eliminated many of the provisions set forth in former President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law. While No Child Left Behind was criticized for pressuring educators to teach to a test, the Every Child Achieves Act encourages communities to improve schools […]
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By Sheila Resseger on July 13, 2015
This spring Governor Raimondo held meetings with various stakeholder groups to find out what characteristics they would want in an education commissioner. According to the Providence Journal article of July 7, “Common themes emerged, with each group calling for a leader who listens and is collaborative, thoughtful, and student-centered.” In my view, the choice of […]
By Robert Yarnall on June 29, 2015
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at precisely 2:01 AM, an unidentified editorial writer representing the flailing Providence Journal crapped the keyboard and hit the Post button. Did it ever occur to him or her that the headline “Assault on Charters” was an exceedingly poor choice of descriptor for a school-based opinion piece? Did he or she realize […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 18, 2015
“We have been in contract negations for almost three years now,” said Donnelly, ” and we have not had contact negotiations since last December.” Donnelly need that these meetings are known for their repeated delays and stalling tactics on the part of URI negotiators.
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By Hillary Davis on June 5, 2015
Students with disabilities across Rhode Island are suspended from school at rates more than twice as high, on average, as their representation in the student body, an ACLU of Rhode Island report has found. These disproportionate suspension rates, like those that impact racial minorities, begin in the earliest grades, and are often for low-risk behavioral issues that […]