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Rhode Island children are struggling because many live in families without a parent who has a full-time job. File photo.
Bill the 1st July 22, 2014 at 05:11 pm
While technically correct, I would hardly use the phrase "bottom half" to describe 26thRead More out of 50. More descriptive would be "middle of the pack". If you really want to make a negative perception, you could say "lowest ranked in New England." As for costs, it is a sad fact that our costs are comparable to Mass, but we are well behind them.
Jeff Crawford July 23, 2014 at 07:05 am
What do you expect from a State Legislature that is more concerned about making Calamari the StateRead More Appetizer than insuring our kids are getting a proper education.
Ralph July 23, 2014 at 01:32 pm
I'm dating myself but we studied the 3R's when I was a kid reading, writing and rithmatic, and weRead More put up with Dick and Jane. My generation did very well! perhaps we should look at the way our kids are being taught and point the finger where it belongs NTA!
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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.
North Kingstown High School (Patch file photo)
Mike Jackson May 29, 2014 at 11:26 am
If they can't make it to school on time, how are they going to make it to school EARLY to serve aRead More detention?
Dark star May 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm
Welcome to the real world Grace Callahan. If you can't do the time then don't do the crime. I doRead More like your thinking in regards to different forms of punishment. I think you will get some pushback from administration regrading the idea of helping janitors since they are unionized and unions do not like anyone doing their work. The bottom line is wherever you go, school or work, there will e rules and you will need to comply or suffer the consequences.
Joe Smith May 31, 2014 at 02:27 pm
In fairness, with the much earlier start time (earliest in the state? ), it seems more kids andRead More parents are driving and there is almost always a backlog on A-Q road and that intersection. The HS was not constructed with the amount of high volume traffic in mind. Grace - do you have statistics if the number of tardies and detentions are up proportionally (you can ask the principal I would assume) -- that would be useful to know. After a couple of years now, the district should reevaluate whether the start times are problematic - I know it is also not good to have elementary schools bouncing off the walls at 8 am and school not starting for them until 915.
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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.
MB May 8, 2014 at 06:39 am
So deserving! Such a wonderful advocate for children and teachers!!! Congratulations Mr. Ferrario!
Doreen Costa May 8, 2014 at 08:49 am
Congratulations!! A true advocate for all the children.
Dolphin<3 May 9, 2014 at 10:41 am
Awesome Job! Maybe Phil Auger would allow him to extend some of his values to others in leadershipRead More at surrounding elementary schools so they can see how he does things, then NK schools would all be doing better across the board.
Chris Demers April 27, 2014 at 03:40 pm
I've always considered myself fortunate that I was able to attend NKHS. Furthermore, I consider myRead More kids fortunate also, who will be attending in a few years. To go even further; absolutely nothing about how we are ranked school-wise has anything at all to do with the North Kingstown Town Council; all of whom which suck immensely and continue to do absolutely NOTHING, in the interest of town residents.
Concerned Resident April 27, 2014 at 06:36 pm
chrissy, congratulations, a new record of 5 lines of text before you add the self-centeredRead More self-interest ff twist to your comment. as far as the town council doing nothing in the interest of town residents I think you are referring to the few privileged ff as opposed to the majority of town residents.
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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.
Does It Matter April 15, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Laughing out loud; if they only knew the truth behind North Kingstown Schools.
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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!
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
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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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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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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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