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Does It Matter April 23, 2014 at 10:34 am
Half of the kids who get school lunch leave most of it on their plate. I know RI is a small stateRead More but that small amount is going to amount to nothing, the breakfast for lunch like cereal or yogurt needs to go they need things that will actually fill them up!
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
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Kathleen April 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Can't understand people on here advocating for their children to be 'friends' with their teachers onRead More FB...They are NOT friends, they are teachers, mentors and there are many other ways that they can mentor a child if they want to help them. How about the good ol' face to face discussion? Probably would do more to help a child that is in need of a little guidance better than FB. Also, many teachers today set up classroom blogs for day-to-day communication with their students, which is a great use of technology. Also, most of these kids shouldn't even be on FB since the rules of FB actually require that you be 18 to sign up. (though this is usually not enforced by FB or parents, me included). Once a student reaches 18 or 21 years of age and they are no longer students of their teacher(s), then fine if they want to be friends with their teacher(s). Just doesn't make sense to me that parents don't understand that their should be boundary lines while they are.
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.
Dark star April 2, 2014 at 07:45 am
Teachers and TA's responsibility is to execute the IEP, not influence the verbiage to their liking.
Joe Smith April 2, 2014 at 10:05 am
recently, a memo to all teachers stated, “no longer will the team of regular educationRead More teachers attend IEP meetings”. No longer are all educators who instruct a child able to participate; further, “they (the TA) are not part of the team making decisions about the student”, so this process will not include teacher assistants at all. Makes one hope that these teachers are not instructing children in the areas of critical reasoning and logic. The regulations state "at least one" regular teacher. If you have a child with one, you know that many times it is hard to coordinate "all" teachers involved. The law is written that way not to prevent *all* teachers from participating, but (1) recognizing the difficulty -- including the contractually negotiated item that you can't force teachers to stay or attend if such participation (2) recognizing that if the area being discussed does not involve the "regular" teacher's area of expertise or curriculum area, then it is not necessary for that person to attend (3) recognizing that all members of the team if not participating can still provide written input prior to the meeting Nothing prevents the last point..and nothing prevents the NEA from perhaps modifying their agreement to put in more *required* physical time in exchange for ensuring that all members are present. It is also curious that if you read the state's evaluation of NK spec ed program from a couple of years ago https://www.ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Information-and-Accountability-User-Friendly-Data/Accountability/reports/North-Kingstown-SSS-Report.pdf you note a less than stellar finding in terms of IEP plans and yet it seems back then the union did not complain but now that a new person seems to be trying to fix those issues, the union now has complaints! As for testing, well, you have to "test" the tests, right? I would agree if the results are being used in any way other than to assess how the tests are being administered, how students perform in the actual "taking* of the test, any kinks in administering, etc.. So, are the tests being used in any teacher or district evaluations? If not, what is the issue?
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
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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Ginny March 10, 2014 at 09:09 am
So proud of you, Stephen. Second year in a row! Best of luck at National!
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commonsense March 16, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Fred, Do you think the changes will make it less biased? If not, what do you recommend as anRead More alternative?
deb of see-attleboro March 16, 2014 at 05:24 pm
According to his Patch profile, he is chairman of the Foxborough Democratic Town Committee. NoRead More mention of teaching. Reading his comments, I hope I am wrong about that.
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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DaffodillGirl March 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm
While Cynthia Turillo counts herself lucky to have this opportunity to work with the students, we atRead More Quidnessett know we are the lucky ones! To have such a caring, compassionate parent take such an active roll in our Science Fair is a blessing we truly appreciate. Cynthia cares for everyone and works hard to make sure every student has the opportunity to complete a project. She does this by collecting recyclables all year, purchasing items with her own money and giving endlessly of her time...of which she has little with her own busy family and a husband who is deployed. We are Quidnessett couldn't do it without you Cynthia and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Politics Sheriff of NK February 14, 2014 at 04:17 pm
this is very helpful.
NK Parent February 14, 2014 at 07:30 pm
You would think a lawyer would know all this. Good thing she had *no idea* that all this was goingRead More on under her roof.
underwhelmed February 14, 2014 at 09:16 pm
Mr. Auger I applaud your effort to reiterate what has been articulated many times before by othersRead More in positions such as yours. Chief LaCross of Barrington comes to mind as being in the forefront for obvious reasons. The question is whether or not the parental and societal ears across the state are open to the conversation. Whether or not the need to be a "friend/buddy" overrides the implementation of parental or societal authority to the detriment of the child and possibly innocent others. We have witnessed multiple examples of the horrific results of not wanting to "put the foot down", to implement parental authority and say no, not in my house! So the question becomes why is it that in certain circumstances the sky is the limit, anything goes, regardless of the consequences. Is it that we have become a society/parent where it is more important to go along, rather than being the person that we are entrusted to be? The person that has the daunting responsibility to guide the child, to lead by example and not be a permissive doormat for the next good time. This may be seen as harsh by some. The harshness is in the reality of the results as we have all seen numerous times. We cannot legislate, dictate or pontificate to a single parent or child. We can only hope that the pendulum of reason and good sense will swing toward the tipping point where our society once again values doing the "right" thing for the well being of every child and innocent bystander. It would seem sometimes that hope is the only constant, a fleeting cloud to be blown away by another senseless tragedy. Hope, the never ending and elusive deity which drives the very existence of so much in life, hope, we can always cling to its elusiveness.
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NK Parent February 3, 2014 at 03:07 pm
So who exactly is left around here? I haven't seen any postings from Elizabeth since WednesdaysRead More reported layoffs so I'm guessing she got whacked? Seems a little cruel to show her the door without even a chance to say goodbye.
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Bowiefan January 31, 2014 at 10:15 am
YES! This is 2014, it's about time. In the really heavy snowfall states they started onlineRead More coursework a few yrs ago. Even though I think our cancellation of schools in RI over mere inches of snow is ludicrous, online and virtual learning for many students is a good idea and could be utilized for many reasons - illness, supplementary coursework, etc.
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.
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Dark star January 31, 2014 at 09:38 pm
stay on point faith-79. this is about the fraudulent vote of no confidence for Mrs. Pezullo.
Dark star February 1, 2014 at 08:34 pm
Good idea Faith-79, I probably should since I know quite a bit more about the NK school system thenRead More you.
Politics Sheriff of NK February 11, 2014 at 10:41 am
I've read all these comments and Mark williams SHOULD elaborate rather than toss vague accusationsRead More with zero details. We have many great teachers and a fairly newly upgraded admin, way better than it was. Is everyone perfect? That cant happen, but the last thing we need is union teachers on the school committee because, as good as their work is, they TEACH, and dont necessarily know anything about how to MANAGE. And by the way, the SC does NOT MANAGE, they set policy ONLY and hire qualified managers such as the superintendent and the admins. A teacher may not see the big picture. Does that mean teachers should stay out? NO! They need to be in the process and be heard. But not divisively with "no confidence votes" as a first public step, but rather, constructively. Did the teachers go public with a well worded newsletter or other vehicle to inform? Nope. Did they go to the Patch or Independent with a constructive criticism letter asking to be more heard? Nope. It went from "internal" to the most divisive, confidence-breaking mechanism possible far in excess of what their next step should have been. We had plenty of divisiveness under a certain despicable past administration and these folks are far better, more interested in working together and constructively than before. I say go with that. Definitely be heard, "go public" (as we are the ultimate bosses, and customers), but do so with CONSTRUCTIVE criticism first. RIDE has mandated that special-ed kids in jr and sr high get moved and taught by different staff. It's not like there is a choice, so this school environment change needs all hands ON BOARD to get the best outcomes, not a mutiny as a first step.
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Support NK January 25, 2014 at 02:40 pm
CR and DS you have no clue as to the truth. One Sp. Ed. administrators, received an 10K raise whenRead More she took the job and now she makes 14K. She took the position 2 years ago? The teacher's assistants in NK earned 16K for 2013, however, earned 21K in 2012!?
Dark star January 25, 2014 at 04:36 pm
Support NK, your post makes zero sense. 10k raise when she took the job and now makes 14K? TA'sRead More earned 16K in 2013 and 21K in 2012? Set the bottle down gently and take a nap.
Joe Smith March 10, 2014 at 03:26 pm
Mr. Dubois does not mention he personally gets paid time off to do "union" business soRead More taxpayers are subsidizing the unions, in addition to being their dues collection handler (another cost the union pushes to taxpayers). Ask Mr. Dubois if he will provide the data when teachers were getting something like 70 paid sick days a year (on a 185 day work schedule) how many were taking those and how much they could cash in? Think about how many private sector workers could miss 40% of their work days and still get paid? Teachers do have a hard job and some go above and beyond and some give the profession a black eye. But in a state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation, with real family incomes on the decline the last few years, and with the highest per capita debt in the nation, having a job that pays almost 50% above the average salary (for the highest step teacher, which most are), with a very good health plan, and with an average retirement package -- even with the cuts -- that is the equivalent of a $2M 401K account -- it is hard to have sympathy with a "less than thrilled" attitude.
Mitchman January 15, 2014 at 07:37 am
Luckily the School Committee approved this initiative - now I'd love to see who is designing &Read More overseeing this wireless/fiber build out. It has to be done for next generation devices, and the wireless standard IEEE 802.11ac is a must. Do not install dated routers/switches/vlans.
Jeff Crawford January 15, 2014 at 10:48 am
Great Idea! Now the high school and middle school students won't have to use their data allowance.Read More They can simply shut off the cell tower access and go online via the wireless router while at school and stream unlimited movies and information.
Penelope Landis January 15, 2014 at 04:43 pm
Now Rhode island children can be part of an experiment on human health. Has anyone stopped toRead More consider why France has pulled wifi out of schools and libraries and is now officially recommending wired (NOT wifi) in schools. Educate yourself on our governments lax "safety" standards on this radiation. Apparently it is not safe for bunnies. mice, rats and flies. http://ehtrust.org/erroneous-comments-submitted-to-the-fcc-on-proposed-cellphone-radiation-standards-and-testing/
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Jeff Crawford December 18, 2013 at 07:31 am
Kudos to you Grace. Never be afraid to challenge the system because there's a lot that needsRead More changing. If the DOE and Mr. Auger would have the guts to listen sometimes, the students are clearly making a point about the Town, State and country's situation that they are being handed. Not very bright given the economy currently and the costs associated with being prepared for the future.
edgesofchaos December 18, 2013 at 08:51 am
“I do feel there's a place for assessing our students. It's going to help our students and ourRead More teachers be ready for the world" Yes, but has there been any independent study which shows that "Common Core" actually helps kids in the real world? Or is it just another source of money from the federal government?
Lauren Levesque December 20, 2013 at 10:30 am
I support Grace's idea and believe that state testing should be banned. I firmly believe thatRead More students cannot be mass produced. We cannot be graded all equally from the same test because we are all unique in our own ways. Lastly, I do not believe this should be a graduation requirement because it cannot accurately test the knowledge of students. I hope that we can eliminate state testing and to make sure that more students, like myself can graduate.