I am convinced that Newport county needs a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Charter high school.

I am convinced that Newport county needs a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Charter high school.

I am convinced that Newport county needs a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Charter high school.


These exist in other parts of the country , the top 12 are listed on the web site:http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2011/08/19/12-best-high-schools-for-stem-education/


While the recent Chicago teachers strike is contentious, what is amazing ,is that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has crossed party lines and insists that an integral part of their solution to their inferior high school gradation rates is the establishment of five high schools focused on Science, Technology Engineering and Math. While I am not inferring that we have similar graduation rate issues, I do feel that we need to enhance our STEM offerings to our County high school students.


We , your public servants, have made a gallant effort with limited success over the last two years of public service to evaluate and develop a regional approach to education, the prime focus of the effort was to enhance the level of education for our county high school students.


In addition, A recent Skills gap study reinforced the fact that , while our high schools and teachers deserve and A plus in their efforts, due to circumstances beyond their control, a lot of our high schools students are not graduating with the STEM skills that they need to fill open jobs in the marketplace today.


I am convinced that if a County wide STEM Charter high school were built in Newport County, Students who are actively seeking careers in these associated fields after college , would flock to it.


Funds do exist for the creation of such a school here in Newport County, at the Rhode island department of education.

I would encourage a meeting of stakeholders on the island to discuss such a school, I am told that Representatives of The Rhode Island Department of Education would be happy to attend and provide information about the application/development process, background on charters, and field questions on behalf of RIDE.

I am convinced the first step of a successful Regionalization or Collaboration effort in our county, is to provide an Educational experience that would be attractive to all area high school students ,and Parents, what better starting point to this goal, than the development of a Science Technology Engineering and Technology ( STEM) Charter high school in Newport County

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Leah C. BouRamia September 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I'll be there with bells on! As a former Islander, and a Rogers alum, now educational/employment coach, I think we desperately need a school on the island where teachers unions can't ruin an excellent education. We are so mired in policy and bureaucracy, we sacrifice an outstanding education. FYI to the person who threw liberal arts under the bus...why do we have to choose? I enjoy engineers who can read and write as well as they can problem solve an analyze...let's not resort to division of disciplines. I think moving forward we can incorporate STEM and humanities to encourage excellent in our students. This is not about forcing well-rounded-ness. It is about recognizing that we need many skills to make contributions in this new economy, and opportunities to explore character development in school.
Chris Semonelli October 05, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Hi We have made the reservation below at CCRI Newport Campus for Oct 20th. Representatives from RIDE will present the application process, representatives from New England Technical Institute will also attend ,they have offered assistance with advisors and curriculum development, if there is interest in pursuing a Local Charter School. (Hello Chris, The auditorium is reserved for you— 10/20/2012—9am—12noon--Newport County Mentor Coop—what will you require from the IT dept.-- mics etc. and any specific set up that you may wish on stage—panel etc.—then I can give you an accurate fee.. ) fyi Regards Chris Semonelli from Tampa
maggie bulmer October 06, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Please make it clear, Chris that you are not suggesting the construction of a new building but are advocating the incorporation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) instruction into an already existing high school curriculum. The Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 Pro Jo, features an article by Stephen M. Coan on the editorial page that outlines STEM instruction and examples of its success. I hope the Oct 20 forum at CCRI will emphasize the importance of integrating with the Reinvent Rhode Island thrust for improving the state's feeble employment situation.
Chris Semonelli October 06, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Hi Please see we have reserved the auditorium at Newport Campus CCRI for Saturday 10/20/12 , with Edna's help ,for this event. We have it from 9-12. Various notes are below and The format is under development, the prime focus is a review of the charter school history ,and process, by Bill Clarke below from RIDE ,starting at 10 and a subsequent discussion as well. A frequently asked questions charter school questions document is attached . In addition, New England Institute of Technology representatives have agreed to attend. They have agreed to help with a curriculum and advisors if it came to this. In addition , Retired Admiral Mcgann , who led a Stem Charter School in Massachusetts has also agreed to attend and participate. We will get the word out. Thanks to all for their efforts. regards Chris Chris I'm happy to start at 10. I won't need more than an hour and only if there are questions. My agenda is: Define Charter School (includes history, tie to RIDE strategic plan, theory of action,etc) Authorization process Re-authorization process Q/A All I need is projection. I can bring laptop. Thanks, Bill Bill Clarke Charter School Coordinator Rhode Island Department of Education Sure, I could certainly field issues about the practical issues associated with operational execution. Best, Barbara having led one of the highest performing STEM charters in the country for over three years
Chris Semonelli October 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Hi This is a confirmation of the meeting next Saturday 10/20 at CCRI Newport Campus from 10-12 to be conducted by the Newport County Mentor/CO-Op Group. I will get the word out to the press. I attended this session in Providence last night, the Superintendent of Portsmouth schools was there as well, they are in the prelim stages of looking into the creation of a STEM Charter school perhaps in their high school. It was an excellent session, there were people there from though out the state interested in this program, Bill Clarke is very talented, RIDE has a high level interest in creating 20 charter schools through out Rhode island and has seed funding to initiate this plan. Admiral McGann will attend this session, NEIT has a robotics competition and a conflict, but have pledged their support if this program were to be carried to the next level. regards Chris


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