Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

4 responses to “The optics, politics and nuance of Achievement First expansion”

  1. 3 reasons to oppose Achievement First expansion

    […] (Editor’s note: Mark Santow, a member of the Providence School Board, submitted this as written testimony to RIDE. He also addressed the state education council last night.)  […]

  2. Sheila Resseger

    The logic of this statement escapes me: “‘RIDE has concluded that the proposal submitted by Achievement First is both academically and economically prudent, and will result in high – quality academic opportunities for Rhode Island’s students – particularly the approximately 15,000 students that currently attend a Providence school that’s been identified for many years as in need of dramatic improvement,’ says the application cover letter.” Even if one concedes that the children attending Achievement First, and prospective additional students, will receive a high-quality academic opportunity there, what of the other 12,000 students? What is the fiscal impact on the resources for these students? Does RIDE plan to charterize the entire Providence Public School system? Achievement First’s high achieving status is based on several years worth of several grades worth of PARCC scores. It’s no secret that I consider the PARCC to be a fatally flawed test, based on fatally flawed Common Core ELA and Math standards, which translate into fatally flawed ELA and math curricula. This is the basis on which RIDE and Commissioner Wagner want to destabilize the Providence public schools that serve 20,000 students?

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  3. Johnnie

    According to The Journal, the RI Department of Education (RIDE) — a highly politicized coven of hacks, careerists, opportunists and know-nothings — commissioned a study purportedly demonstrating that Achievement First students will earn “much more money” than their Providence district peers during their lifetimes.

    The “study” was conducted by the RI Innovative Policy Lab (RIPL) at Brown University. This scientific-sounding lab — which is little more than another tool of neoliberal privatization schemes — is funded by none other than the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The policy lab’s website says its “aim is to improve the quality of life for Rhode Island residents.”

    This is “science” in service to social engineering and the profits of a few. I wonder how much taxpayer money the department of education will spend on this “study?” A child could see that this is pure unadulterated bullshit, yet the gang at RIDE have the temerity to try and pass this off as scientific and legitimate.

    Raimondo and her supplicants, and the interests they represent, continue to try and play us for fools.

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  4. Achievement First expansion could be decided tonight

    […] Public education in Providence comes to a fork in the road tonight as the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled to act on Achievement First’s controversial 10-year expansion plan. […]

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