Defeated Congressional Candidate, Waters, Seeks Appointment to Providence School Board

Allen Waters, who just two weeks ago lost his bid to unseat longtime incumbent US Congressman, David Cicilline, is seeking a new position as a member of the Providence School Board. Waters is an outspoken supporter of educational freedom and school choice. The city of Providence this year amended its charter such that the School […]

North Kingstown School Official Claims Using Wrong Pronouns Is An ‘Act Of Violence’

School Committee Member Jennifer Lima Supports The Radical Position To ‘Respond Accordingly’ If Preferred Pronouns Are Not Honored ‘Any act of violence in our schools which creates an unsafe environment (physically or emotionally by or for any member of the school community) needs to be dealt with accordingly.’ Lima told Fox News: “I also believe […]

OPINION: Westerly Parent Responds to “Hit Job” by anti-Racism Group

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC), is a Westerly, Rhode Island based group, self-billed as the town’s first multicultural committee, whose stated mission is “Embracing multiculturalism to address racism through education and empowerment.” Concerned parents and ARC have regularly been engaged in a war of words – online and at public meetings – about what […]

Former Mayors Recommend More Charter Schools For Providence If Teachers’ Union Issues Cannot Be Resolved

Teachers Union Viewed As Impediment To Fixing Schools Performance Issues Smiley Urged to Consider Expanding Public Charter Schools – Here’s Why Tuesday, November 15, 2022 GoLocalProv News Team On Monday, former Providence Mayors Joe Paolino and Angel Taveras joined Mayor Jorge Elorza — and Mayor-Elect Brett Smiley — to discuss the current state of education […]

With States Hands-Off, Homeschooling Takes Off

This article if from RealClearWire.com: https://realclearwire.com/articles/2022/11/02/as_states_let_home_schools_be_growing_numbers_are_just_fine_with_that_862241.html By Vince Bielski November 02, 2022 South Dakota epitomizes the rapid growth of homeschooling in America. Guided by the principle that parents, not the government, have the right to determine what and how their kids are taught, homeschooling families have overturned existing rules and batted down attempts over the […]

Pandemic And Lockdowns Are Not The Only Reasons For Poor Student Test Results

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s students are posting lower test scores, amounting to historic learning loss. The school shutdowns, however, are not the only reason students’ achievement is declining, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Will Any Candidate in RI Step-Up to Support a Parents-First Educational Approach?

NOTE: This commentary first appeared in the Providence Journal on October 8, 2022 **** IT’S TIME FOR R.I. TO ADOPT A PARENTS-FIRST EDUCATIONAL APPROACH If we learned anything from the harmful school lockdowns ordered by the RI Department of Health and the Governor at the onset of the pandemic, it is that parental rights were […]

How Rhode Island’s Student Debt Crisis Compares to Other States

The Biden Administration’s recent announcement regarding student debt relief thrust the topic into the forefront of the news. Under the program, students awarded Pell Grants and who took out loans from the Department of Education will have $20,000 of debt canceled. Those without a Pell Grant will have $10,000 shaved off their outstanding balances.

Oversight Republicans investigate why DOE hasn’t spent COVID relief funds, role of teachers unions

Oversight Republicans have launched an investigation into how the U.S. Department of Education has handled billions of COVID-19 relief dollars, raising the alarm about the major learning loss experienced by students. Republicans on the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona demanding documents and answers as to why most of the money has reportedly remained unspent.

Lesson for RI? Grass roots efforts displace radical leftist school board members with moderate/conservative parents in Florida. Will RI voters do the same?

The nationwide elections last week included more than just primaries for statewide office. In many areas, there were also elections for school boards and other regional positions. In Florida, conservatives celebrated unprecedented success in defeating radical left school board members with moderate and coservative candidates. Multiple county school boards, including Miami/Dade – one of the […]

UPDATE: Conn AG is Investigating Public School Administrator for Alleged Discriminatory Hiring Against Catholics and Teachers Over 30

Greenwich School Administrator Suspended State Attorney General and Dept. of Education have Launched Investigations Connecticut’s Attorney General said Thursday he will investigate alleged discriminatory hiring practices at an elementary school where an assistant principal said he systematically eliminated candidates who appeared to be conservative, practiced a faith or were over 30 years old. The state […]

RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity Joins 130+ Orgs Across America to SAVE Title IX. Citizens encouraged to submit comments.

Center is part of a national movement protests Biden administration’s attempt to re-write federal regulations to punish schools and people that do not affirmatively further transgender ideologies Based on a media release today from the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, Rhode Island’s only conservative public policy think tank has joined with over 130 organizations […]

NK parent on School Committee “dereliction of duty”; understanding the “chain of command”

BACKGROUND: The following is a post by Megan Reilly, a frequent guest on In The Dugout with Mike Stenhouse with regard to the ‘naked body fat testing” scandal that is unfolding in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Her Facebook group page, “Fixing a Broken System” has 257 members, but has come under criticism by school system […]

The CRT Alternative: RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity Joins National Civics Alliance to Inspire Reform at State Education Departments

In Honor of July 4 Independence Day and the Upcoming 250th Anniversary of America’s Birthright of Freedom, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity has joined the The Civics Alliance, a national coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving America’s civics education: The Civics Alliance’s model K-12 social studies standards, American Birthright, was launched yesterday, […]

June 30 – American Birthright David Randall

Airing Thursday, June 30 at 4:00 PM EST. The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity has joined the The Civics Alliance, a national coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving America’s civics education. The Civics Alliance’s Model K-12 Social Studies standards. American Birthright, was launched one week before July 4, to honor Independence Day. Civics […]

Republicans pressure education secretary on school choice restrictions

(The Center Square) – Republican U.S. senators on Tuesday questioned Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the issue of school choice in the public education system. In his opening statement during a hearing of a Senate appropriations subcommittee,, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., emphasized the desire for parents to have options when choosing where to send […]

Providence schools are structured to fail

Does RI have the guts to give flexibility to those who educate the City kids while risking comparable changes in other districts?

We’ve come to a dreadful fork in the road. Down one way we would face our failure by tackling the system’s immobility with what would likely be called “nuclear” options.

RI has Failed to Teach Kids to Read

As schools wrestle with finding some semblance of normal, remember that education’s pre-COVID normal failed to teach kids to read. National reading scores (NAEP) had been flat for decades, but in 2019, scores tanked – before COVID. Over decades, Massachusetts’ literacy efforts lifted their students to the top of the nation, but even they hover […]

Travis Rowley: The Damaging Racism of the Race Obsessed In Providence Schools

There isn’t a student within the Providence school system – long controlled by union-Democrats – who can read.

Yet, the recently replaced principal of Hope High School, Matthew Buchanan, writes in the Boston Globe how concerned he is with the skin tone of the people replacing former administrators.

South Kingstown School Bond: Inter Alia, a Really High Price to Reduce Classroom Space by 200,000 Sq Ft

On May 4, residents of South Kingstown will be voting on an $85,000,000 school bond referendum.

That’s a pretty high amount for town residents to go on the hook for, mainly because the town’s student enrollment has been steadily declining but also because the cornerstone component of the proposed works, the high school, would not be newbuild but conversion of an existing school building. Two miles AWAY, by the way, from its current in-town location.

As there would be state funds involved, the project itself, its costs and its proposed funding sources have to be approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education. (Link here to the town’s facility application submitted to RIDE).

So the Ocean State Current reached out to RIDE with the questions below and received the indicated answers.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Not-So-Hidden Schemes

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for April 12, included talk about:

  • Still waiting on the LG
  • McKee’s Saturday climate signing in Newport
  • The big-money RI Foundation
  • The big-money Warwick firefighter overtime
  • Voting bills
  • Providence schools still in a lurch

I’ll be on again Monday, April 19, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Civics Bill Misfire

Stanley Kurtz has written on National Review Online about the Republican-led bill currently in Rhode Island’s General Assembly to require a pernicious form of civics education in Ocean State public schools.

Racist Journalism in Rhode Island

Perhaps it’s evidence of a sea change in journalism schools over the last decade, but it seems as if local news media outlets are taking the final steps into pure propaganda for the racist left-wing ideology.

URI’s Unsafe Intellectual Environment

Contrasting official statements from URI concerning controversies with its professors show a clear radical shift at the institution, and raise questions about whether Rhode Island parents can be confident in the safety and well-being of their children should they attend.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: RI’s Con-Game Government

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for March 29, included talk about:

  • The Lt. Gov. final 5
  • Climate change politics
  • Kate Coyne McCoy’s threat to “moderate” Dems
  • Cranston’s new far-left Republican
  • Can the log-jam of Providence’s school system be broken up?
  • Were we wrong to doubt Mattiello as the firewall?

I’ll be on again Monday, April 5, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Bad Bills and Employment Theater

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for March 22, included talk about:

  • Bad environmental legislation
  • Bad firearms legislation
  • Bad voting legislation
  • A telling Newsmakers interview
  • No confidence in the teachers’ union
  • A phony lieutenant governor top 10

I’ll be on again Monday, March 29, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Turning Government Schools into Left-Wing Advocacy Shops

The brand of “civics education” being pushed at the state and federal levels would undermine representative government across Rhode Island and the country.

Why Is RI Failing? Don’t Ask the Media; Blame Them.

Rhode Island’s government is failing on every level. You’d think a news media that’s serving the public would be behaving as if that were the case.

The Left’s True Seed of Collapse

Think about how bizarre a world it must be for a law school not to want somebody involved in a history-book-level case as a professor, even for a single course.

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