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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!
Bob June 20, 2014 at 11:11 am
Funny how they seem to forget what's fair to the taxpayers who are footing the bill.....They'll getRead More it alright...sooner than they think.....
Barr230 June 20, 2014 at 04:20 pm
There goes "know it all" Bob again. It has gotten so bad that I already know what you areRead More going to say on all your posts before I even read them. Why? Because you repeat the same non sense over and over. Never does any real ideas come out in your post. Just the same anti municipal worker garbage. It is getting pathetic.
bruins011 June 20, 2014 at 04:34 pm
@bob I'm guessing you dropped out of school because you couldn't cut it and blamed the teachers whenRead More you were probably just to lazy and narcissistic to take the the blame for your own shortcomings. Why do you think we pay taxes? The teachers are municipal workers and are entitled to be paid by us as they do a public service, educate our children. I'm also guessing you don't have children(hopefully not, thank god!) and don't see the differences these teachers make in some if these kids lives. As a taxpayer I am more than happy to have a portion of my taxes go to these deserving educators and hope that they do get some kind of raise as they are woefully underpaid for the service they provide. Question, Bob. Which Burger King do you work at so I know not to go there.
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bruins011 June 18, 2014 at 01:38 pm
@bob @cranston do your homework. You can't lump the teachers in with the administrators. WhatRead More teacher do you know makes $70-100k a year? Or do you know any teachers? How can you make the blanket statement that teachers are terrible? Do you go in their classrooms and watch them? Do you see the extra hours they put in before or after school to help kids because their parents can't be bothered and treat the school like its a daycare? Are you in the meetings with these parents when they blame the teacher because their kid is failing but the parents don't do anything at home to ensure their kids are doing their homework or studying? Do you go with these teachers to walmart to buy things like pens, paper, crayon, glue, etc. out of their own pockets? What other job makes you go out a buy your own TOILET paper? Are you with these teachers during the summer going to classes and curriculum meetings to stay current with academic progress. On another note, if you don't like Cranston, leave. Don't wussy out using "financial reasons" as an excuse. If you hate here so bad I'm sure you could put your small mind to it and find a way to get out of here.
Barr230 June 18, 2014 at 04:23 pm
How funny is it that Bob and Cranston have a love fest for each other? I have never read oneRead More positive comment from either of you. Cranston is a great city and as a life long resident I urge you both to leave. I will pay for the Uhaul trucks. People like you always like to complain about everything but you never give realistic ideas on how to fix the "problems". I would love to know what makes the 2 of you experts on everything. How much better would this world be if the two of you actually used your abundance of free time to solve the world's problems??
bruins011 June 18, 2014 at 05:36 pm
@barron230 those two obviously have nothing better or intelligent to do but sit around and bitch. IfRead More they don't like it here they should leave and then their mothers can get basements back.
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.
Becca May 30, 2014 at 04:49 pm
@Nicole I so agree. All political BS!
Suzanne Arena May 31, 2014 at 07:25 pm
Becca, if you know anyone with a child in SPED or is just a concerned about the violations by theRead More Cranston School Administration, come to the Horton School (Park Ave) on Tuesday night at 7:00pm.
Elana Carello June 1, 2014 at 11:02 am
I'm sorry, Suzanne, but without term limits you end up with the committee we have now. I understandRead More your point, but the abuse is too rampant.
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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
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nicole fine May 21, 2014 at 07:34 am
Congratulations to Emily and her family! Imagine if Cranston schools could offer her the educationRead More she received at a private school?????
Janice Ruggieri May 22, 2014 at 11:41 am
Congratulations to Emily ...@Nicole Fine Cranston Public School students receive Merit ScholarshipsRead More and many others...tonight we are having an Honors and Scholarships night at Cranston West to present those honors to our students. Last year Cranston students received hundreds of thousands of dollars in awards and scholarships.
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.
Tom Badger May 8, 2014 at 03:57 pm
This should be expected from a city that literally is "all Funged up" .
Harrison Lane May 9, 2014 at 08:53 am
This article expresses so much of what makes CHSW a ridiculous educational institution. The schoolRead More is filled with a bunch of blow-hards like Mr. Sweeney who think they're speaking truth to power, but who in reality are only making themselves look like fools with garbage like this writing. It's not as if Cranston isn't already a punch line in Rhode Island. If I were still attending that school, I would be embarrassed to be represented by Mr. Sweeney.
Cranston Teacher May 11, 2014 at 06:38 pm
As much as I agree with your opinion on the extra days and it's untimely delivery, as a teacher atRead More West I can tell you that this decision was due to RIDE mandates and not by Cranston. Looking forward, the senior issue about make-up days and this specific mandate about required number of days needs to be added to the handbook. Based on your schedule and pre-planned events, all each of you can do is make the choice you think is best. This is unfair... absolutely! This is also part of learning how to deal with unpleasant and unfair circumstances.
Lesley M May 27, 2014 at 11:53 pm
By the time the prom comes, you've gotten the dress, made the hair/nail appts., rented the tux,Read More ordered the flowers, limo and all the other things. The only thing you have to do on 'prom' day and shower and fulfill your appts., get dressed and go. Allowing to 'slide' a day to gather the everything together, there's still 3 days when the students could still put in 3 hrs., cleaning up their lockers, turning in their books and it would count as days in school. Whatever happened to common sense and priority?
Concerned Parent May 28, 2014 at 08:21 am
Oh Lesley, Where or where to begin. Your posts reflect more information about your character, thanRead More they do the actual topic. We are a family that is ACTUALLY AFFECTED by the change in schedule. I'd like to remind you that the original schedule was put in place back in September 2013, and plans were made by families to accomodate that schedule. I'd also like to remind you that such plans include professional internships that begin before school ends, out-of-state college orientations also conflicting with the 'new' schedule and summer jobs that any lucky student has been fortunate enough to secure. My advice to you is to find a cause where your opinion really matters and stop daydreaming about what high school students are doing in motel rooms so much.
Lesley M May 28, 2014 at 03:05 pm
I just clicked in my response at 2:38 PM. It's 2:41 and gone. This is being reported. It's theRead More golden age of technology and an IP address can be traced. It's a violation of my civil rights to delete a comment on any topic because I disagree with you. I'm not violating anyone's right to an opinion, opposing mine or not, I'm not offending anyone with slurs, sexual harassment or innuendos or unacceptable words. It was my opinion to which I'm entitled and, as a taxpayer (which a goodly portion of my income goes to support schools) I get to have a voice in this topic. As to Concerned Parent - In my original response to you, I pointed out that you know nothing about me, my background, my upbringing, my ethics OR my character which you have just slandered nor did I make any remarks or infer anything as to your character. This is copied, pasted and filed now which someone didn't even give me the opportunity to do. Another learning experience for me - never too old to learn!!! I'll copy and paste before I click on any post, reply or comment.
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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.
Tom Maltais April 11, 2014 at 07:50 am
Congratulations to them all. What a wonderful accomishment. They're all outstanding young men.
Tom Maltais April 11, 2014 at 07:51 am
Congratulations to them all. What a wonderful accomplishment. They're all outstanding young men.
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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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my world March 15, 2014 at 08:15 am
yes keep the children brainwashed into the corporation way of thinking must consume, mustRead More consume,everything on television is for our best interest. corporations care about us we are its children .
Cranston March 15, 2014 at 05:54 pm
Trafficante another Italian in office we got to get rid of along w this iannazzi character. StopRead More putting Italians in office!!! Our pension system is busted bc of "traff". Everyone loves traffffff. Oh traffffff. Italians in any position need to be removed. Right fung!!!!!! Asian invasion!!!!!!!
Miguel March 17, 2014 at 11:03 am
I'll vote for this because most of the schools are in embarrassing shape at this point. ButRead More Cranston really needs to think about building new schools and ditch these older building which are not setup for modern teaching methods, aren't handicap accessible (or only partially handicap accessible), and have parking and safety issues. Why should Western Cranston continue to have the two newest elementary schools in the district? It's time for central and eastern Cranston to get some new school buildings.
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!
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