Rhode Island lawmaker introduces education spending overhaul

The chair of the Rhode Island General Assembly’s Senate Education Committee has introduced a trio of bills geared toward specific student populations across the state. State Sen. Sandra Cano, D-Pawtucket, has introduced bills she said would “bring more equity to the state education funding formula” in a news release.

Could Illinois Public Schools Be Even Worse Than RI Schools?

In 60 Illinois Public Schools No Students Were Proficient in Reading or Math Lawmakers blame COVID even though scores were almost as bad in 2019 prior to the pandemic Per-student annual spending exceeds $50,000 in some schools Across the Prairie State, there are 23 schools, including 18 in Chicago, where no student demonstrated proficiency in […]

RI Board Of Education Shows its Disdain for the Public in Adopting Woke Social Studies Standards

In a disdainful and dishonest act last evening, the Council for Elementary and Secondary Education, part of the RI Board Of Education, unanimously passed the inaccurate and overly-politicized social studies standards, as proposed by Commissioner Angelica Infante Green and her RI Department of Education. Despite overwhelming public opposition, and without any discussion at all, the […]

Social Studies Standards Meeting by Board of Education #OnlyOnTheCurrent – LIVE at 5:30pm

On Tuesday, February 21, 2023 the RI Board of Education will consider adoption of social studies standards proposed by the RI Department of Education and its commissioner, Angelica Infante Green.

Twelve Score and Seven Years Ago; Stenhouse’s Public Education Address

Our founding fathers fervently believed that an informed and educated citizenry is vital to the preservation of our great American democracy and our God-given and constitutional freedoms. As citizens across Rhode Island and America celebrate President’s Day and the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, I hope you will forgive me for taking liberty […]

Stenhouse: Violence in Warwick Schools; Reaping the Consequences of their Perverse Teachings?

Last week, the Principal of Veterans Middle School in Warwick issued a public appeal on Facebook to school parents about the increasing violence that is occurring among its student body (the full appeal is below). It is clear to me – based on common sense and on the many conversations I’ve held with child psychologists […]

Mini-Victory: Based on the Center’s Report, RIDE Corrects Some Errors, but Maintains Core Politicization and Unprofessionalism

by David Randall, author of “Taken for a RIDE” The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has just issued its final draft of the Rhode Island Social Studies Standards. RIDE made cosmetic changes in response to the critiques of Taken for a RIDE: How Rhode Island’s Social Studies Shortchange Students (Civics Alliance and Rhode Island […]

More Funding Does Not Mean Better Schools

Originally published February 15 on Reason.com by Emma Camp as Bad Schools Aren’t Always Underfunded “More money can help schools succeed, but not if they fritter those extra resources in unproductive ways,” says one researcher. (Illustration: Lex Villena) A viral TikTok video of Carmel High School outside Indianapolis, Indiana, has sparked a revealing conversation about school funding […]

Will Rhode Island’s Woke Social-Studies Standards Soon Infect Others States?

Originally published on National Review Online, by DAVID RANDALL February 10, 2023 as; Rhode Island’s Woke Social-Studies Standards May Soon Come to Your State Woke education bureaucrats around the country are working feverishly to steal America’s history from our children. They use the same playbook in every state, from Minnesota to Louisiana to Virginia: write new social-studies standards that remove the […]

Photo Journalism by Dr. Andrew Bostom from Saturday’s N.K. child “grooming” presentation

These images were part of a presentation on February 11 by concerned North Kingstown mom, Ramona Bessinger, who is also a suspended Providence teacher for blowing the whistle on inappropriate curricula in Providence schools. The photos are examples of the inappropriate content that is being pushed upon North Kingstown students in school curricula or by […]

PHOTO Journalism: How N. Kingstown Schools Are Advancing Radical and Divisive Content

After the so called ‘presentation’ in the North Kingstown school library, a 15 minute intermission was given so people could talk amongst themselves and then reconvene for more discussion. I took that time to search the library for the very books (and others) that you are parents are trying to remove from Westerly and other […]

RI Center for Freedom Publishes Report Blasting RIDE’s Misguided “Woke” Social Studies Standards

How Rhode Island’s Social Studies Standards Teach Radical Activism Instead of America’s Birthright of Liberty The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, in partnership with the Civics Alliance, today released a report entitled, “Taken For a RIDE”, which presents a detailed critique of Rhode Island’s Social Studies Standards (Standards) as proposed this past December by the RI […]

Iowa is Third State to Enact Broad School Choice Law

Families Will Get $7,598 in an Education Savings Account “For the first time, we will fund students not systems!” – Gov Kim Reynolds “What an amazing day for our children!” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was ecstatic Tuesday as she signed into law a seismic education plan three years in the making. “What an amazing day […]

PARENT ALERT: School Choice Fair in Warwick Jan. 22

Rhode Island Families for School Choice will be conducting its first ever “school choice fair” where parents and students can learn about the many opportunities available in Rhode Island, when considering the best educational path for K-12 students. With public schools in Rhode Island failing students, and as student achievement levels continue to fall, many […]

West Warwick Schools Sued for Retaliation & Unconstitutional Firing of Teacher Who Chose Not to Pay Union Dues

The media release and the official legal complaint can be viewed below. A former West Warwick school teacher, John Lancellota filed a lawsuit last week against the Superintendent and multiple School Committee members in that school district for violating his Frist and Fourteenth Amendment rights, after he was fired for choosing not to pay dues […]

OPINION: Divisive K-12 Curricula to Blame for RI’s Failing Proficiency Scores?

by Bob Chiaradio from Westerly, RI Last Friday, RIDE released the 2022 district LEA scores for ELA, Math, and Science, and they were not pretty. Overall: 60% of those tested were NOT proficient in ELA, 67.2% were NOT proficient in Math, and 62.9% were not proficient in Science This comes out to an overall proficiency […]

Josh Mello Saga w/ Cranston Schools Continues; RIDE Turns Down Appeal for Help

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is the opinion of The Ocean State Current’s staff that the the Cranston School School Committee, its School Department, and certain of its employees and members continue to ignore and purposefully exacerbate its ongoing disputes with a parent of one of its students.  The Current has documented much of Josh Mello’s contentious […]

Major Victory for Parental Rights as Biden’s Woke ‘Parents Council’ Forced to Disband

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday abruptly disbanded a Presidential parent council that was ostensibly created to include families in federal decisions about public education. The subsequent announcements of obviously one-sided council members led conservative parent groups to file a lawsuiit in July against Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, arguing that his picks of members […]

RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity Signs Letter to US House Judiciary to Oppose Title IX Rule Changes

The national coalition letter below, which was emailed yesterday to Rep. Jim Jordan, was co-signed by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity along with 69 other national and state organizations. The letter requests that Report Language be added to the Department of Education Appropriations Bill that would bar the DOE from making proposed changes to […]

Massachusetts education official: No substitute for in-person learning

Massachusetts education officials and lawmakers alike are grappling with how to make up for lost time.

IT’S HAPPENING: Government Schools Seeking to Remove Students from Their Parents Care

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Current has been warning Ocean State families that the RI Department of Education may be seeking to develop new rules that would justify government-run child protective service agencies to remove children from their families’ care if their parents impede the minor student’s “woke” or “gender” transition … and potentially house them in […]

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.

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