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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.
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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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.
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.
K-Stick January 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Maggots? You're going to tell me I can get maggots in my nose? Smartees or not, Houston, I think weRead More have a far bigger problem on our hands than the teenage-fad du jour.
Drewe B Carlson December 12, 2013 at 10:34 am
You honestly believe that anyone takes those tests seriously... When I was in school we used toRead More purposely mark the worst answer
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Cheese Ball November 14, 2013 at 01:36 pm
What is the point anymore? All the books you read are in regular print, all digital communication isRead More in print, the only time you read cursive is when your grandmother writes it in your holiday/birthday card. Even that is on its way out the door since grandma is starting to send eCards. First teach the kids ethics and manners, then you can work on "art" like cursive. Teach the kids responsibility and consequence. That is starting to become an art form as well.
Mark Wyman November 14, 2013 at 03:52 pm
Middletown and Newport has everthing to gain as they have underperforming schools Portsmouth hasRead More everything to loose as they have one of the best school systems in the state. We do not need Middletown and Newport dragging our students down. A Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton district would be a totaly different story.
William F Horan November 14, 2013 at 06:29 pm
Per aol patch comments - Looks like Portsmouth & Tiverton are not interested in a unified schoolRead More district (at the High School level). Well perhaps such might rapidly change as the regions defense contractors continue their down sizing. Second state & Federal tax payer funds continue to be reduced. Sounds like a great concept. However we must all remember that the devil is in the detail. It is self-evident that the demographics and cost of education, especially at the high school level, has become an ever increasing challenge for all parties e.g. tax payers, local government bodies, teachers and administrators etc. Today’s students reflect this challenge in all so many ways. Perhaps several components of a longer term solution can be realized very rapidly and prior to even consolidation of physical plants etc. Perhaps a near term distributed set of solutions towards lowering cost and enhancing a range & quality of education products, might be realized? Yes, much open and innovative dialog is required by all stake holders. Ultimately new, same, different, gone, & new can be an acceptable outcome. Yes, building upon our local communities and regions traditions, we can and must realize a much more affordable, results based - predictable, reliable, and efficient delivery of a seamless imbedded STEM educations. Yes an education delivered that challenges each individual Teacher & student’s team to the extent of their abilities & beyond. First and last delivering student education products enabling development of an independent adult critical thinking skill set. Yes, a skill set that can be utilized through out their life long learning experiences. Finally, as students prepare to step up & address a very dynamic set of challenges that face our local communities & nation. The responsible citizens possessing a solid education foundation at graduation can step up to better manage their choices for higher education / career. Tomorrow a next generation of Citizens’ that possesses a solid foundation & reflecting American shared values. Yes, ready for assuming their responsibilities for participation in the management of our constitutional republics preservation & renewal.
An Islander November 15, 2013 at 07:40 am
Do these Middletown politicians have kids in the school system? I bet Portsmouth and TivertonsRead More politicians have kids in theirs. And that's why they're not joining. Adams and Von Villas are completely out of touch. Newport is a disaster. And Middletown is worse than Portsmouth. Middletown is making a big mistake. Don't do it Portsmouth!
Joseph Lyssikatos, 12, of Coventry, will miss three days of school and a field trip after a small toy gun keychain fell out of his backpack. Credit: wjar.com
Bill the 1st October 1, 2013 at 07:34 am
I think it's unconstitutional, according to the RI Constitution. We have a right to keep and bearRead More arms. If it is a gun, he has a right to keep it. Of course, it's not a gun, so his Constitutional Rights to an education are being infringed for something the schools have no authority over. Either the law is illegal or it's illegal. More to the point, why does every law, including premeditated murder, have exceptions except school zero tolerance policies?
Susie S October 1, 2013 at 10:12 am
i am beginning to have zero tolerance for the idiocy of these policies and the people who make themRead More up.
Robert E October 1, 2013 at 11:55 am
Bill you forgot that Zero Tolerance violates the Due Process clause of the 14th Amendment