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CB11 April 23, 2014 at 08:06 am
So we can dictate what children on the system will eat when they're in our care but we can't drugRead More test their parents to make sure a crack-hazed mom isn't in charge when we send them home to their care .... yep, makes total sense to me!
Bill the 1st April 23, 2014 at 09:43 am
Hopefully this means that my kid will get more choices some days than Chicken Patty, Popcorn ChickenRead More or Cereal Fun Lunch.
BOB I April 23, 2014 at 10:10 am
your kid gets what moochell deems healthy.
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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
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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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!
Alexandria N. Bio, of Cranston, graduated from basic training.
Vinnie B. March 8, 2014 at 04:11 pm
So, when my son completes basic and then MP school in September, he'll get a story too... Right?
nicole fine March 9, 2014 at 07:01 pm
Vinnie, I am sure if you submit it, they will run it.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) March 11, 2014 at 11:03 am
Vinnie - we get stuff from the military like this on a regular basis. If you want, though, I'd beRead More happy to do a story on your son. Just drop me a line when the time comes and I'll put it together.
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.
Becca February 13, 2014 at 06:19 am
Can someone say why CPS cancels so quickly? Are they afraid fo law suits? When I went to school weRead More went to school & we walked! Unreal guess you'll be in school in July lol and they will complain then also!
Elizabeth Roy February 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm
What was the excuse when the sidewalks at Garden City Elementary weren't shoveled at all on Tuesday?Read More The steps weren't shoveled nor were the city sidewalks and the walks on school property. Additionally, we were forced to move and I have a handicap tag that was blatantly not honored by the police officer. I had to walk through slush, ice and snow to get my grandchildren. Our tax dollars at work yet again. It seems the more we pay the less we get.
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.
Steven r January 29, 2014 at 07:25 am
Greedy unions and teachers
Steven r January 30, 2014 at 07:31 am
If you keep voting for incumbent school committee members, this is what you get. Frank LombardiRead More cost you $150,000 for that silly prayer banner, a few years ago, and he still got in, again.
Becca February 10, 2014 at 06:23 am
I agree Steven they spend $$$ like it's theirs yet he won a seat at the state house lmao ALL of themRead More all political jobs looking to grow into top positions!
mcam January 19, 2014 at 09:46 am
Do you remember when Cranston was considered one of the best School Systems in the state and peopleRead More moved here because of it?? Well that ship has sailed!!! I guess it is time to move and sell my house before it loses more value. If you do not have a strong School System, then your property values go down and no one wants to move here. How sad, Cranston is where my parents raised their kids and if they ever saw it now they would be disgusted!!!
Chris12 January 19, 2014 at 10:59 am
macam- WHY is the Cranston school system deteriorating? Why are there lotteries and waiting lists toRead More get into Charter/Private schools across the county. WHY is the whole public school system deteriorating? We have an election in November.
Elizabeth Roy January 19, 2014 at 11:14 am
Our school system has definitely seriously declined. Between that issue and the abandoned (greedyRead More bank owned) houses, burnt houses, no wonder our property values have declined!
The Briggs Building on Park Avenue — home to the Cranston Public Schools administrative offices. (Photo: Mark Schieldrop)
millerheaton December 16, 2013 at 04:52 pm
They get 3 hours now? When my 3rd and 4th graders were in K, it was 12 - 2:30. Poor things, theRead More teacher would have to wrap up half their snack because they ran out of time to eat it. There is no recess either!
Chris Paplauskas December 16, 2013 at 07:42 pm
Sooner the better, 1/2 day Kindergarten really short changes the students. The little ones deserve aRead More full day it helps in their development and social skills.
Jill Gelinas December 17, 2013 at 09:26 am
You can only imagine my disgust when we recently moved to Rhode Island and found out it was half dayRead More Kindergarten. I had planned on going back to work especially since the cost of living is much higher here. The cost of our rent is higher then our mortgage in Tennessee. To work I have to put 2 children in daycare which if financially impossible for us! We are now having to get government benefits. Unfortunately we make about 150 dollars more a month to get childcare benefits. Maybe someone else will benefit from full day kindergarten. How awful for the teachers as well. They have to cram a full days curriculum into 2 hours with two sets of students. They don't have time to do anything fun. My daughter who loved preschool does not enjoy kindergarten. How sad.