By Steve Ahlquist on September 21, 2017
“The activist that I am is breaking the system from within,” said Latifat Odetunde, a senior at Classical High School and a member of Youth in Action speaking at a conference on “Youth-Led Social Justice Activism in Rhode Island.”
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Ashley Gomez, Classical High School, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Dorbor Tarley, E-Cubed Academy, gang database, Gloria E Anzaldúa, Kafui Glover, Keith Catone, Latifat Odetunde, Lincoln School, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Rhode Island College, Steven Dy, Student Bill of Rights, Thaina Merlain, Virginia Georgiev, Youth in Action | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 13, 2017
“You can’t force people to love and sometimes when you force you actually create the very issues that you say you are trying to prevent,” said Education Commissioner Ken Wagner.
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, LGBTQ, News, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Alexander Hoffman, Beth Capron, Council on Postsecondary Education, Donald Anderson, Family Services Rhode Island, Kayla David, ken wagner, Marcela Betancur, Marta V Martínez, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, ride | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 10, 2017
Pawtucket is employing a two-part strategy to changing its approach to school lunch. The first part was to stop lunch shaming. In April, RI Future flagged the Pawtucket School District as one of several in Rhode Island that serves cold cheese sandwiches to students if their parents don’t pay their food bill on time – […]
By Nicole Cordier on September 7, 2017
A recent report from the ACLU of RI found that more than 25 percent of RI public schools have no comprehensive policy in place to protect transgender and gender non-conforming students.
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, LGBTQ, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ACLU of RI, AIDS Project Rhode Island, Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, Council of Elementary and Secondary Education, donald trump, GLAD, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Rhode Island Commission on Prejudice and Bias, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island Working Families, ride, Steven Brown | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on August 31, 2017
School meals will be free for every elementary school student in the Providence Public School District this year, according to a press release from PPSD. “Providence Public Schools are committed to creating educational environments that support health and wellness,” said School Board member Robert Gondola, the chairman of the board’s Health and Wellness Committee. “The […]
By Douglas Hall PhD on August 24, 2017
Like most states, Rhode Island’s state funding for higher education remains well below pre-recession levels (though Rhode Island’s disinvestment in higher education preceded the onset of the Great Recession by several years, as seen in Figure 1). Economic opportunity and a thriving state economy depend on a high-quality, affordable system of public higher education. At […]
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 | 4 Responses