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[POLL] Do EG Schools Have Unfair Advantage?

A story in RI Future compares EGSD's investigation into getting iPads for all high schoolers with Central Falls' textbook deficit.


Calling it "another sign of the increasing education disparity between Rhode Island’s affluent suburban towns and its economically challenged inner cities," RI Future, a progressive local website, ran a story Tuesday noting that while the , Central Falls doesn't have enough textbooks to go around.

Central Falls Supt. Fran Gallo says in the story students will sometimes share the same text books and teachers "will stagger homework assignments so that each class can take the textbooks home at different times during the semester."

“I don’t disagree with you that there should be a better statewide technology funding program," EG School Committee Chair Deidre Gifford is quoted saying in the article.

Does it matter that such disparity exists in Rhode Island? Vote in the poll below.

To read the full story, written by EG's own Bob Plain, editor of RI Future and former editor of both my02818 and EG Patch, click here.

David T May 23, 2012 at 11:38 PM
The poll is worded incorrectly. It should be asking, "Is it unfair that EG still gets funding from the state while districts like Woonsocket and Central Falls can't afford text books?" The answer is YES!
Mom of 3 May 24, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I would bet that Central Falls receives more aid than EG, due to its economic situation. By the way, the cost of textbooks is outrageous!
Chuck Barton May 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Compare expenditures per pupil and I will be you do not see much difference in spending among all the districts in the state. And Central Falls is entirely funded by state taxpayers, with nothing coming directly from residents and businesses in the city. Plain's analysis is facile - how is money being spent in Central Falls versus how is it being spent in East Greenwich in the entirety, not just on one line item. You will probably find Central Falls "can't afford textbooks" because they are spending on other things.
Tucker Henry May 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Smart mommies and Daddies make smart babies. They value education and enforce study skills. They also pay $20/1000 in Real Estate Taxes - $8000/year on a $400,000 home - much of it goes to the School District. True there are a disproportionate amount of undocumented immigrants in the Urban Schools (try removing their Sanctuary City status) who struggle with the English Language, and it's all down hill from there. If Borders, Language, and Culture were enforced, as is the proper path for US Citizenship, the results would be different. Throwing more money at urban schools is Not the answer, proper immigration, and families of all students valuing Education is.
Frederick Remington May 24, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Central Falls spends MORE than East Greenwich per pupil - $19,939 vs. $14,104. Don't know how much of this goes to textbooks they don't have - as if textbooks were the real problem... See for yourself: http://www.ride.ri.gov/Finance/funding/Uniform%20Chart%20of%20Accounts/2010/STATE/FY10%20Equalized%20Expenditures%20Report%20-%20Sorted.pdf

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