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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
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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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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!
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.
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SMD February 26, 2014 at 10:11 pm
I'm pretty sure that the money that the state says they will give the city is one time only, andRead More even that does not cover the entire cost. Even if you believe the superintendent and Mayor, they themselves say that the plan will cost the taxpayers about a quatrter million more after a few years and that is WITHOUT the additional assistants and doesnt factor in all the other costs that were pointed out by Ms Hoard and other people. And even that deficit still counts on the state giving us more money which we've all seen you cant count on. This is a disaster waiting to happen, and I dont buy the .. "We're just studying this" line that the Mayor whipped up after seeing all the opposition. This was PASSED by her school committee and HER cronies on the council were going to pass a resolution to IMPLEMENT all day K.. NOT just to study it. And I agree with you Stephen Weber, I think the mayor is lying through her teeth on this and we're gonna be stuck paying the bill. So much for being "FOR THE PEOPLE"
The Griz February 27, 2014 at 08:15 pm
Full day K won't happen. The City Council has basically said that they're not sure, the public hasRead More overwhelmingly told her that we don't want it and now the and now the Budget Commision has added their doubts. The mayor's just trying to figure out a way to bow out "gracefully"... I was personally at the City Council meeting when it was discussed and all I have to say to the Mayor is you need to work on your communication skills; they're nonexistent... The council shouldn't need to seek you out to get this information; you, as the head of this city, need to set the bar for for everything, from communication, to attitude, to forthrightness. Woonsocket deserves the truth, frugality, and an ability to speak with the people and not at them. In short, Woonsocket deserves better than Mayor Hunt.
Still Hope February 28, 2014 at 09:53 am
Woonsocket deserves nothing! Everybody with half a brain has been excommunicated from this city. YouRead More could make Warren Buffet CEO of the city and the people would still [expletive] on him. The people in this city are so short-sighted that they don't realize they are killing their own community. Everyone agrees we need business. Business won't move in unless we have a worthwhile community. You can't have a worthwhile community unless you have solid families. You can't have solid families unless you have a great school system. Everything that made this city a nice place to grow up in 20 years ago has been squeezed out by a generation of stooges. This city is your home and you can't even keep the lights on? Shame.
Brian Calso February 10, 2014 at 04:05 pm
Please get well soon Mr. Nasuti. You are loved and respected by many. You are in mine and myRead More family's thoughts and prayers. We love you!
la_mouffette February 10, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Oh dear, what terrible news! Keeping him and his family in my prayers.
John Caron February 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Very sad, get well soon.
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.
A Dec. 2013 video of hot water running at WMS. The videographer fills a glass with it at 4 minutes and at 10 minutes. CREDIT: Submitted video
Chris12 January 26, 2014 at 07:52 am
Jack - Supt. "best in the state" with a frugal three year contract of $500,000 (9h highestRead More in the state). We have more than a rusty water problem
Sallie January 26, 2014 at 08:17 am
Let the truth be know. Can't hide any secrets here DR. D. like you probably could elsewhere. IfRead More she is the best in the state...wow is all I can say....weren't these the words of Mrs Lisa Hunt our new mayor. Hopefully she regrets saying that now and she sees the truth. We all say things we later regret let's give the mayor the benefit of the doubt.
jack January 26, 2014 at 08:49 am
I'll drink to that Chris12 and Sallie lets not give the mayor the benefit of the doubt.
Jaston Robinson's GoFundme page, set up in April, helped him attend football camp over the summer. CREDIT: GoFundme.com
Eileen LaRiviere December 19, 2013 at 09:36 pm
As a former fifth grade teacher of this determined young man, I can certainly back up everything youRead More have written about him. He is a student that I will never forget. He arrived in my fifth grade class with a little chip on his shoulder, but that year he decided to change and work hard toward his goals in life. Since that time, he has never turned back. He is determined, hard-working, polite, intelligent, kind, helpful, loyal, caring and wise. I am proud to know him and to have had him as a student. Keep climbing, Jaston Robinson. I think you are awesome!
Joanna Daoseng, 17, a WHS student, supporting Tammy Lamberto Roy's cancer fight. CREDIT: Rob Borkowski
Robin Crane December 12, 2013 at 08:55 pm
This was such a positive thing for an amazing woman. Tammy is a fighter and she has so many peopleRead More praying for her and that love her.
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Nelson Aldrich November 25, 2013 at 11:47 am
Really not that big a deal considering that Rhode Island lags behind almost every other state inRead More nearly every category. No news here...
Michael Dubois November 25, 2013 at 03:56 pm
Becausethe state lags other, its no big deal! Come on Nelson. This should be very disturbing toRead More all.
Nelson Aldrich November 25, 2013 at 06:06 pm
I'm not disturbed, because i'm not surprised Mike!
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Al November 13, 2013 at 10:45 am
Hmm. Like all else, this initiative must be diligently and meticulously scrutinized for content.Read More A recent example of some of the questions students will be taught and tested on are misleading, hopefully by error and not intentionallly. For example one of the questions makes the statement - " The wants of an individual are less important than the well being of the nation." Now, how does that question marry up to the long standing premise/promise of the bill of rights? And, this will start at the 5th grade level.
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