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Joe Smith July 9, 2014 at 01:57 pm
Mark - Patch editor - would you please clarify what you mean when you report " be in line forRead More full funding beginning". I think the average reader means the state is going to pick up the tab for districts adding full day K. In North Kingstown, the numbers thrown around when this was brought in the past is something like $500-600K. My understanding is the bill simply ensures the state funding formula funds adding the extra "1/2" day to the student count -- so while that would mean more more state aid, it is nowhere in the range of $500K and the bill adds some throw away that RIDE could fund "eligible" costs (but that means only the one time extra items and only if funding is available). I may be wrong, but you should make it clear whether this bill means a town like NK could add full day K on "the state's dime." My understanding is NK would still have some significant costs to cover to add full day K to the other elementary schools.
Joe Deware July 9, 2014 at 01:58 pm
some kids do better in full day kindergarten. and remember, ppl, you don't HAVE to pay your taxes.
NK Edge July 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm
What kind of comment is that"you don't have to pay your taxes"? I pay my taxes willinglyRead More as a proud and free American. What I will not tolerate, nor should other law abiding "Contributors" , is the lack of common sense and planning that these morons perpetrate resulting in me paying for their lack of responsibility!
Leave RI June 2, 2014 at 09:33 am
Hahahaha..have to agree that Ru Paul and the poopflinger in the DC shithouse are just someRead More contradictions in their false Chill-cago pimp clothes. Although Moose-shell could put away some chicken and bbq it couldn't make any better of a decision then it's spouse.
Jake Raposa June 2, 2014 at 01:40 pm
Hey Tricia DiPasquale calm down with the essays. this isnt english class....ANYWAYS! haha butRead More honestly who cares if a kid has a couple of twinkies and has diabetes, its his life. wheres the freedom in america now a days? shake my head....
Paige Edwards Sullivan June 20, 2014 at 01:26 am
Federal government has to get out of the education business - we see how well they are handlingRead More healthcare (ACA/VA). Funding should not be tied to either the lunch programs or the 'Common Core' standards - (that are actually lower than what Massachusetts had in the first place). I agree schools should not be serving 'junk' but it should be up to each local DOE. Believe me if there is an issue the parents will make it known.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
CCRI President Ray DePasquale addresses the crowd. (Photo: Deborah Gist, Twitter:@DeborahGist)
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Peter A. Filippi III May 17, 2014 at 09:02 am
A sense of humor is indeed a wonderful thing. The sad fact is here in Rhode Island its a necessityRead More to enable honest, hardworking and dignified people to cope with the profound uncaring attitudes that abound across our state. I may run for mayor in Johnston and I hope your folks will log onto johnstonsunrise.net and check out my commentaries and make a comment.
EGParent May 17, 2014 at 10:09 pm
This report must be wrong! The principals, the Superintendent said the East Greenwich schools wasRead More among the best of the best in the nation.
Leave RI May 18, 2014 at 05:05 pm
LOL^^...using sarcastic font I see.
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HappyDad April 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm
I'd like to know if Rep Langevin has secured any of these funds. Is District 1 the only part of theRead More state to receive any of this money?
Cheap Guy April 23, 2014 at 06:19 pm
HappyDad Rhode Island only received $93,000 because the funds are allocated by the rate of childrenRead More living poverty. Red States (that normally vote Republican) have the highest number of poor folks (Texas, Alabama, Kentucky Georgia etc) the Red states are the true welfare states
Don Redford April 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm
i think the real question is should children eat in school? It's distracting them from theirRead More studies.
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nedlam1968 April 9, 2014 at 06:48 pm
Unfortunately, we've become a society where too many do not understand boundaries. I don't thinkRead More it's appropriate for school staff to "friend" student's - there are "rules" that outline appropriate and inappropriate behaviors with students ... unfortunately, everyone thinks that what matters is being "buddies" with the kids ... too many professionals have forgotten how to be professional ...
Mrs. B April 10, 2014 at 12:09 am
Teachers friending students on Facebook is unprofessional. I would think a teacher would beRead More intelligent enough to know this without being told by authorities.
Waffa Freij May 31, 2014 at 08:37 pm
Yes!
Jean Ann Guliano March 26, 2014 at 09:41 am
Tom, I don't necessarily speak about it, but if I do have an agenda its a personal one. My veryRead More bright, hard-working son, who happens to have autism, is at risk of not graduating next year because of his NECAP scores. In doing the research to help advocate for him, I have discovered how extremely unevenly and unfairly this policy has been implemented and executed - particularly for students with disabilities, English language learners and students who are economically disadvantaged. I cannot in good conscience only advocate for my own son without advocating for all students who are being treated unfairly. If you think I have another agenda, I have no idea what you think it would be. With regard to English language learners, speaking fluent English is not a graduation requirement.
EG March 26, 2014 at 10:20 am
I believe Jean Ann represents those with disability including her own children who might haveRead More learning challenge. This is my understanding from her previous blog/comments. Please correct me if my understanding is wrong. I support a different form of the testing for those with disability. We can't discriminate those with disability, Period. ESL is a different topic. Supreme Court has already ruled in the past.
Jean Ann Guliano March 26, 2014 at 03:35 pm
True, EG. In fairness, though, other states that use exit exams have much better ways of supportingRead More ALL students with learning challenges. For example, most states provide at least 4 opportunities for students to retake the test prior to the end of 12th grade. RI only gives them 2 retakes. The only other two states that provide 2 retakes (NJ & NM) also give students the opportunity to submit additional performance based assessments so their entire fate isn't resting on tests. And, yes, other states DO provide much more in terms of alternative or modified assessments, accommodations and supports for students with disabilities. In RI, apparently, by denying diplomas to students with disabilities, we prove that we have higher standards.
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Martha Magee March 23, 2014 at 08:32 am
You New Englanders really need to learn how to chill. Except for Prometheus. Prometheus is alreadyRead More cool. I say ban all shoes altogether. Require humans to walk barefoot on the Earth in the sunshine for a minimum of 1 hr a day and reconnect to Mother Nature. The problem is not flipflops. In fact, flipflops are a step in the right direction. The real problem is materialism ~ the disconnect with Nature.
Merry Christmas March 23, 2014 at 04:42 pm
I wear flip flops. Their especially good when you go to court because the judge likes people whoRead More dress well
Dark star March 26, 2014 at 08:49 pm
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Miguel March 17, 2014 at 10:56 am
Providence already has Full-Day K so your wrong with your bigegst example.
Joe Smith March 17, 2014 at 02:29 pm
I stated that.. Providence, North Prov, East Prov, Pawtucket, Central Falls -- 100% (meaning 100%Read More full day K -- sorry for any confusion).. so that leaves the > 4,000 crowd of Cranston, Warwick, Woonsocket (which doesn't matter since the state pays 80% of their tab anyway) --- so no surprise these are Cranston and Warwick reps trying to squeeze other parts of the state to pay their bills..
Miguel March 17, 2014 at 03:26 pm
This is surprising to you? Generally in any form of Democracy (I use that term loosley) electedRead More representatives try to ensure their districts get as good of the pie as they can. Would you expect Reed or Whitehouse to lobby for Delaware over Rhode Island? Don't you think Pres. Obama would seek economic treaties that would benefit the US over Brazil? So I'm not sure why you expect a RI representative from another city/town to put Cranston's interests forward in the General Assembly.
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Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:08 am
Obviously Dennis hasn't been reading the local newspapers. Is he even remotely familiar with what isRead More currently going on in neighboring Salem MA with the Bentley school? There's an example for you. The school is a Level 4 under performing school that is in it's second year of a three year turnaround program with not much success. (Next step would be for the state to come in a take over the school). It's to the point where the Mayor now wants to contract with a private company to have them take over the day-to-day management of the school. Despite lengthening the school day, revamping the school schedule, seeking outside help and securing a $500,000 federal grant, MCAS scores have actually gone down under the current administration. To make matters worse, the school has been without a principal since December due to the current principal being out on an extended family medical leave. Seems to me that this is a perfect example of our public schools failing our children. Does the fact that the school has one of the highest percentages of poor & limited English speaking students make it OK with him to just sit around and let the school fail these kids? You only get ONE chance with a child's education. These kids deserve better!
Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:09 am
Obviously Dennis hasn't been reading the local newspapers. Is he even remotely familiar with what isRead More currently going on in neighboring Salem MA with the Bentley school? There's an example for you. The school is a Level 4 under performing school that is in it's second year of a three year turnaround program with not much success. (Next step would be for the state to come in and take over the school). It's to the point where the Mayor now wants to contract with a private company to have them take over the day-to-day management of the school. Despite lengthening the school day, revamping the school schedule, seeking outside help and securing a $500,000 federal grant, MCAS scores have actually gone down under the current administration. To make matters worse, the school has been without a principal since December due to the current principal being out on an extended family medical leave. Seems to me that this is a perfect example of our public schools failing our children. Does the fact that the school has one of the highest percentages of poor & limited English speaking students make it OK with him to just sit around and let the school fail these kids? You only get ONE chance with a child's education. These kids deserve better!
Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:17 am
Obviously Dennis hasn't been reading the local newspapers. Is he even remotely familiar with what isRead More currently going on in neighboring Salem MA with the Bentley school? There's an example for you. The school is a Level 4 under performing school that is in it's second year of a three year turnaround program with not much success. (Next step would be for the state to come in and take over the school). It's to the point where the Mayor now wants to contract with a private company to have them take over the day-to-day management of the school. Despite lengthening the school day, revamping the school schedule, seeking outside help and securing a $500,000 federal grant, MCAS scores have actually gone down (during the 'turnaround') under the current administration. To make matters worse, the school has been without a principal since December due to the current principal being out on an extended family medical leave. Seems to me that this is a perfect example of our public schools failing our children. Does the fact that the school has one of the highest percentages of poor & limited English speaking students make it OK with him to just sit around and let the school fail these kids? You only get ONE chance with a child's education. These kids deserve better!
Pacman731 March 7, 2014 at 08:25 am
Mark, I applaud Rep. Giarusso's bill and it will enhance the safety of our children. However, basedRead More on the information presented to date, it would not have prevented the situation at hand. The person of concern had background checks run, with no convictions found. As abhorrent as his supposed crime is. It is important to remember that in our system, we are innocent until proven guilty or admit guilt. So, an arrest.... does NOT equal a conviction and only an assumption of guilt, via a "no lo contendere", etc. or a conviction serves as automatically disqualifying conditions. So while it expands and tightens the rules, it appears that it would NOT be "closing the loophole" that allowed this situation to occur.
Winston Smith March 7, 2014 at 09:52 am
Rep Giarrusso said as much at the hearing on Wednesday. The system will always be imperfect, butRead More important to make it as easy as possible to identify potential problems.
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JD January 31, 2014 at 10:11 am
Is anybody noticing how much more time we're spending at home lately, due to weather? Pretty soon,Read More we'll all have to live in a bubble if we don't start taking better care of the planet.
Tad Segal of Barrington heads the 'Stop Common Core RI' citizens group. Credit: W.Rupp
Sheila Resseger January 30, 2014 at 01:08 pm
There are many issues of serious concern about the standards themselves, even apart from changes toRead More the curriculum and the testing and data collection. If you google Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Prof. James Milgram, you will find numerous articles they have written about the inadequacies of the standards and the misguided approach they take to teaching and learning. Both of these well-respected long-time educators were on the validation committee for the CC (Dr. Stotsky for ELA and Dr. Milgram for math). They each declined to sign off on the standards. They had many criticisms that went totally unheeded. The other inexcusable situation regarding the small group who actually drafted the standards is that most of them came from Achieve, Inc. and the SAT/ACT organizations. These people were not and never claimed to be educators. They were primarily concerned with what could be tested. Also, there were NO early childhood professionals involved with writing the standards. The standards were back-mapped from what a graduating senior will supposedly need to know and do to attend a post-secondary program without remediation. While this seems reasonable, it's not reasonable to back-map these goals down to pre-K, which is what has happened. The youngest students are suffering inexcusable stress. The learning needs of ELL students, students with special needs with IEPs, and students living in extreme poverty were not taken into consideration. ALL children must meet the same high standards at the same pace, year by year. This is as impossible as that NCLB was going to ensure that all students would be proficient in ELA and math by 2014. As many have said before, children are not widgets. Each child is unique and needs to be respected. Individual strengths, weaknesses, talents, and interests cannot be met by a one-size-fits-all curriculum. The comparisons to the scores of students in other countries is also misleading. American public schools welcome all children, and provide a free education through high school. The countries that America has been compared to do not necessarily test ALL of their students as we do. The other vital factor is the poverty rate. Finland, one of the highest achieving countries, has a child poverty rate of about 4%. In American we have an obscene rate of about 24%, and many of the most impoverished families live in segregated areas. We need to improve education for all children, but the Common Core and PARCC testing is diametrically opposed to doing that.
Amy Segal January 30, 2014 at 01:21 pm
When talking about how the US compares with educational testing to other countries, one mustRead More understand that in other countries not everyone is tested. I have a slide from a presentation given to the Barrington Schools By Dr. Eric Milou in 2012 states that in Singapore (a country often cited as doing better than the US) the student population doesn't even include the children of parents who work in low-wage jobs. By the 6th grade they take a test to determine what kind of schooling they will get in the future. So, the schooling there is very differentiated and when you hear that the US doesn't stack up to other countries it is because we test every single child and other countries do not. If we tested only our best and brightest I bet we'd probably come out on top. Also, countries like Finland (another country often cited as doing better) have a very homogenous population and offer things like government-funded day care that really make a difference in how prepared all of their children are for schooling when they start.
Amy Segal January 30, 2014 at 01:34 pm
Asking questions about the substance of our current curriculum is excellent and I encourage you toRead More ask these things of your school committee members. It is almost impossible to find the curriculum that is being used on the Barrington Public Schools website (before CC was adopted this was very easy to find and browse by going to the curriculum section of the website). We had to ask Paula Dillon, curriculum dir., to point us to the right spot and I can tell you that the curriculum is almost word for word the standards. Here is an example from the 3rd grade math curriculum on the BPS website curriculum maps: "Find the areas of rectilinear figures by decomposing them into non-overlapping rectangles and adding the areas of the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real world problems." Is that better than before? Not in my opinion. When we talk about improving the schools in the US I don't think we are talking about such high-performing districts as Barrington. Of course there is always room for improvement, but to scrap an entire curriculum that has been working for so long and implement the new one across all grades in one year is ludicrous. Absolutely ridiculous. And our high-performing district and students are the guinea pigs in this expedient. Education should be about local control. What works and is needed in lower-performing districts (and I think CC is even worse for those districts) is probably not what works and is needed in Barrington.
Paula Dillon, director of curriculum and instruction in Barrington. Credit: W.Rupp
Sheila Resseger January 29, 2014 at 10:27 am
I was at the presentation last night. One of the points discussed was that some material that wasRead More formerly taught at the fourth grade level, for example, may now be taught at the third grade level. The problem with this is that the CC is being implemented this year for the first time at all grade levels simultaneously. That means that a 3rd grader who successfully completed 2nd grade last year, will now be confronted with material that would have been taught in 4th grade but is now taught in 3rd grade. How is the teacher to support the student to work on 4th grade material without knowledge that he/she was supposed to be learning in 3rd grade? This is impossible on its face. Add to that that the expectation is that a certain amount of material needs to be covered in each school year because the PARCC testing expects each child to make one year of progress every year--this is a recipe for disaster for students who typically do well in school, and a crisis for students who struggle for any number of reasons not under their control.
Sheila Resseger January 29, 2014 at 10:37 am
I appreciate the full reporting on the formal presentation, but I would have liked to also seeRead More coverage of the many important questions that were asked by members of the audience, some of which countered the view of RIDE and got considerable applause. That the Common Core Ambassadors spoke from a prepared script did not inspire confidence.
Despite gains in reading proficiency across the country, a wide gap remains between lower- and high-erincome students. Credit: NAEP
George Costanza January 28, 2014 at 01:57 pm
No wonder Newport has the 4th highest ratio of home schooled students in the State
Still Hope January 28, 2014 at 02:15 pm
Are we raising the floor, only to lower the ceiling? I would be more concerned about theRead More over-achievers being choked out of the opportunity to succeed. The focus in the last decade has shifted from "success" to "just don't fail". Sorry kid, the money for your iPad just went to fund in-house suspension. Enjoy.
EG January 28, 2014 at 08:59 pm
There is no accountability.
Mocktheworld January 28, 2014 at 07:24 am
Stick around to hear the rest of the story! WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 28th, directly following the RIDERead More presentation (around 8:30 p.m.) WHERE: Barrington High School Cafeteria WHO: Susan Giordano, Emily Conner & Amy Segal – parents with children in the Barrington schools Scott Fuller, Barrington School Committee Member & High School Math Teacher (Cumberland) State Rep. Gregg Amore (East Providence), East Providence High School History Teacher, Sponsor of Legislation to Pause High-Stakes PARCC Testing & Investigate the Common Core Tad Segal, Barrington Parent and Organizer, www.StopCommonCoreRI.org WHAT: Research, facts and information that you won’t get from RIDE – but that every Barrington parent should know. Question & Answer Session. Strictly non-partisan and non-ideological. WHY: Because the facts matter. http://www.stopcommoncoreri.org/
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