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Student forced to lobby for progressive policies is still fighting back

By   /  January 6, 2017  /  Campus Culture, Education, First Amendment, News, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

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Should all social workers be liberal?

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School Choice Week sparks debate in Rhode Island town

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  Education Blog, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

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In Rhode Island, even a simple proclamation in support of school choice is controversial. Earlier this week, the Hopkinton Town Council approved on a 3-2 vote a resolution recognizing National School Choice Week, which is Jan. 22-28. But council member Barbara Capalbo opposed the resolution, WesterlySun.com reported, trotting out the tired old excuse that school choice […]

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Charters’ tough love yields high performance

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Education Blog, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

One reason charter schools succeed is that they have high standards of behavior. The Providence Journal reports on two Achievement First schools in Providence that put those standards into practice. The schools call their disciplinary approach “warm-strict, warm-demanding,” and say that a uniform approach to discipline means that students feel safe knowing that the standards […]

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American flags, patriotism now triggering college students

By   /  November 23, 2016  /  Campus Culture, Education, First Amendment, Maryland, Massachusetts, National, News, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

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States and municipalities have pulled down the Confederate flag to avoid hurt feelings, but now Old Glory is under attack, this time from college students triggered by the flag’s association with the Nov. 8 election results.

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Gifted and getting a chance in Rhode Island

By   /  November 3, 2016  /  Education Blog, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

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A new pilot program in Rhode Island is giving gifted students from low-income families a better chance to succeed. Expectations for students often vary greatly along class and racial lines. The Advanced Academics program at Roger Williams Middle School in Providence is a pilot offering advanced coursework to underserved students, and currently has more applications than […]

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Does Rhode Island budget punish charter school success?

By   /  June 13, 2016  /  Education Blog, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

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“A look at the slashing cuts to Rhode Island charter schools gives us an insight into the Rhode Island government mentality, which is to punish success, while rewarding mediocrity and underachievement.”

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