By RI Future on October 22, 2015
“When a student’s immature behavior is addressed by a law enforcement official trained in criminality and arrest, not in getting to the root of a behavioral issue, neither the child nor the school is well served. In short, the presence of SROs redefines as criminal justice problems behavior issues that may be rooted in social, psychological or academic problems, for which involvement in the juvenile justice system is hardly the solution,” said Steven Brown of the RI ACLU.
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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 […]
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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.
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 16, 2015
According to students, William Ashton was escorted off the school premises by “people in suits” after he told students that school funding will not be affected by student’s opting out of the controversial PARCC testing. Calls and emails to the office of Pawtucket School Superintendent Patti DiCenso have gone unanswered.