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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!
Coventry football players (in red) line up. File photo.
coventry taxpayer 2 June 28, 2014 at 03:32 pm
And who do you think I am talking about?? You or your master?
coventry taxpayer 2 June 28, 2014 at 03:34 pm
There are only certain people that comment would bother , Kind of given up who you are!!
Chris Vamvaketis June 30, 2014 at 08:29 am
Steve and Gem - thank you for well stated and very insightful posts. It's definitely apparent thatRead More we as citizens in the town need to stay informed and actively involved in town decisions in order to receive what we're hoping for from our school system. I have 2 kids in the school system and the teachers are positive, concerned and good people. But that having been said that certainly doesn't mean we as a town should be allowing items in their contracts which we can't afford - which subsequently help to create budget shortfalls in other areas like sports in the schools. I would think that if we as concerned citizens can keep actively involved in the budgeting and negotiating process, we can protect what's important to us. Any suggestions on how we can form a watch dog group of concerned citizens who can keep in constant contact with the school committee and help keep citizens informed about important items and help expand voting and involvement? This seems to be a pretty good forum to help make some of that happen? Just a thought.
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.
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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.
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mad hatter May 7, 2014 at 07:52 am
let me give an example of how we are failing our children in math. i know of a 1st grader inRead More coventry. on the homework, the problem is 80+3=?. they have to draw a "math sentence" where they draw big lines for 10's and small boxes for 1's. it takes about 15 seconds for the student to do this. why would they not just teach the child to add it and be done in 3 seconds?? this is not the teachers fault, its the dept of education's fault. we are dumbing down our children and we wonder why our kids are at 32%. chinese children are engineering rockets in 4th grade. we do this to ourselves because you have to slow down the class to the lowest performing child. "no child left behind" indeed. "no child allowed to excel" is more like it.
RS May 7, 2014 at 09:24 am
I can't believe I'm going to say this...but Hatter is spot on..... We are indeed teaching our kidsRead More not to think..... "new math" is the worst thing I've seen in the schools since I was there. Time to say no to this madness and actually teach our kids to think!!!
Tom Badger May 7, 2014 at 10:42 am
The reason why the kids are failing miserably in math is the same reason why those that fail haveRead More done so forever . It's laziness and it's inbred into the current system . These results call for massive firings and a rebuilding of the school system on a whole but again as always the blame has to go to the leadership .
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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.
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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!
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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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.
Katherine Patenaude has been serving on the Coventry School Committee since 2002. (Submitted photo)
Lila E. Ritchotte March 3, 2014 at 03:45 pm
Congratulations Kathy. This certainly could not have been given to a more dedicated member of theRead More School Committee and advocate for the students of Coventry. I have seen firsthand your dedication and know that the decisions you make are well thought out and always in the best interest of the students and community. Lila Ritchotte
LongGoneAndHappy March 5, 2014 at 06:44 pm
Well deserved. A thankless job done exceptionally well. Congratulations.
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.
Jane Turcotte January 21, 2014 at 07:52 pm
And I couldn't understand the issue- bait and switch- LOL
Leave RI January 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm
...some people
sadierose January 22, 2014 at 08:00 am
An observation was made..that's all. No "bait and switch"...just an observation.
Dottie January 18, 2014 at 01:04 pm
No need to make this a political debate. Bottom line, many kids are disappointed. Let's rally andRead More show them support, not point fingers and assign blame. We have over 80 kids that will no longer be able to participate in a program that has been offered for over 40 years. The Air Force wants to deactivate this program. Let's hope the Army, Navy, or Marines will save the day and activate this fine program.
Einstein January 19, 2014 at 06:23 pm
Sorry to hear this. Thank you Mr. Obama and Harry Reid.
Stephanie Turgeon January 21, 2014 at 05:37 pm
Such a shame :\
(L-R) NBC10's Patrice Wood, Brad Pingley, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist at CHS Jan. 9, 2014. Credit: Brooke Macomber
William Lyons January 14, 2014 at 10:51 am
Without question one of the best educators at CHS. An inspiring teacher who keeps it real. Proud toRead More call him my friend.
brandonrobert95 January 14, 2014 at 03:04 pm
Without Question Mr. Pingley is the most deserving of this award. A hard-working educator, anRead More inspiring mentor to the N3 organization, and a good friend. Maybe now the Coventry school system will not be so toxic towards his attempts to expand and present on behalf of the N3 organization. Congrats, Ping!
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