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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.
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!
Mentoring Ocean-State July 24, 2014 at 04:42 pm
There is a solution to the state of education in Rhode Island. It is quite apparent that we are notRead More meeting standards and that our children are in need of more support when it comes to their educational success. So where is this support going to come from? As you have quoted in your article, Rhode Island Ranked in Bottom Half of Country in 'Kids Count' Report, "The fact that more Rhode Island children are living in families without a full-time employed parent shows that the negative economic impacts of the recession continue to be felt among Rhode Island families." This idea of economic distress has plagued us for some time now, even with the slight decrease in unemployment rates, we are still not setting up our children and our future for success. I want to call to attention the success of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Our continued mentoring efforts pair successful, dedicated mentors with boys and girls throughout Rhode Island between the ages of 7-15. This year alone, 100% of the boys and girls in our mentoring program that have successfully completed the program and are now high school seniors, graduated, most of whom graduated top of their field and class. Not only does having a mentor increase a child’s success but it minimizes the stress that comes along with having parents who are not gainfully employed. It gives the child an opportunity to get out of that everyday environment and allows them to live and experience something they normally wouldn’t have. They are given an opportunity to grow a new professional network and gain new and useful life skills they may not have had without their mentor. The organization proves that taking the 6-8 hours a month to enrich the life of a young person really works and is incredibly effective. Looking to the future of the organization, we are seeing more and more educational success each year. Next year the numbers of boys and girls who will be graduating seniors will grow considerably and they will all be set for success because of their mentor. In reality, this is the answer to our educational prayers. It is a proven method to ensure the success of our future. This is the time, now more than ever, for the men and women of Rhode Island to step up and become the change that these children and our state desperately needs. Sincerely, George Evans Marley Community Outreach Specialist Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State
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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!
Annmarie Jurczak June 13, 2014 at 11:35 am
The East Greenwich School Department should be commended for listening to parent concerns and makingRead More a sound decision based on the data presented.
Jennifer Condon June 13, 2014 at 11:42 am
So glad!!!! Meadowbrook is where Lore should be!!
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Summer Murray June 10, 2014 at 08:22 am
ALSO, I am going to Nationals too. I'm throwing in 2 events: discus and hammer, both Emerging Elite.Read More Lauren Swanson is also going to throw in Championship hammer! I don't really find it fair that the boys get to have an article and Lauren and I are not included.
Mark Schieldrop June 10, 2014 at 08:39 am
Hey Summer, this info was sent along as a reader contribution. I'd be happy to write something aboutRead More you and Lauren. Send me an email at mark.schieldrop@patch.com.
Patti DePriest June 10, 2014 at 02:17 pm
Best of luck to ALL of these outstanding athletes!
Timothy M Jones June 22, 2014 at 08:08 am
Harvard Divinity an entire course devoted to in the moment and enjoying the day the people you meet.Read More High school and college is not about grades,awards etc. nor is about the Commencement speaker. You know the one that told you put your nose to the grindstone you can become anything you want just go for it. Commencement speakers come and go parents will fight for award nights ,next year it will be something else. You as a student will remember your friends your teachers the fun you had . When you tuck your award under your arm put your nose to the grind stone. And one day BANG you git a bloody nose. Didn't get the job ,lost the job ,lost the boy friend. Lost the girlfriend. Look under your arm you will find high school and college buddies right there. That's your reward. Have a great summer. Bob s friend Tim J
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Mary Foster June 4, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Once again, Para Professional jobs are being cut from Cole because apparently the children areRead More receiving too much help... I never thought you could give children with IEP's too much help. Parents need to stand up to Brad for their children...
Parent June 4, 2014 at 07:37 pm
I agree with EG on "District provides the bare minimum to all the children." There must beRead More a balance between special education and general education. We must speak for all the children.
jt June 5, 2014 at 10:13 am
The web site to find teachers certification is RIDE then click educator then click on publicRead More educator verification portal
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EG June 3, 2014 at 03:44 pm
Well said. What is the suggested approach???
EGParent June 3, 2014 at 06:47 pm
Interesting video posted by Dwey McGeoch. Dewey McGeoch May 30, 2014 at 06:46 PM They must haveRead More seen New York City DRag Queen Lady Winifred's video response to the stoopidity! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-ZBavutL18 1 Recommended Reply
EGParent June 3, 2014 at 06:48 pm
re-post the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-ZBavutL18
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.
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Kim Balkcom May 31, 2014 at 06:25 am
It's "Eldredge". James Eldredge was a pretty significant guy in our town. He certainlyRead More deserves to have his name spelled correctly. I miss Elizabeth...
Mark Schieldrop May 31, 2014 at 06:58 am
It was a mistake and I corrected it. Thanks for pointing it out.
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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 Bucka May 31, 2014 at 07:43 am
Mary, absolutely agreed-no portion of our K-12 pipeline should leave these children withoutRead More qualified professionals. Hopefully the positive that can come out of this is that we parents and special educators can unite and join together to insist on better decision making, communication, and transparency. ASD is the fastest growing disability in the country-why aren't we proactively planning and building capacity? Or...dare I say it....is our district trying to destroy past work/drive out Lore in an effort to not attract special needs families. Unfortunately, I have heard this from reputable sources. Kids at Cole deserve qualified staff and programming, but not by dismantling it from another school/another group of kids.
Saskia Nilsen May 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm
If the administration of this district has not published a public strategic plan on how they plan toRead More support grow and develop the program for all students in East Greenwich based on population data, then they are not doing their job. In this document that does not exist due to unprofessional and out of touch leadership, there should be specific detailing of how special needs will be supported through out all the schools in the district based on transparent data. Without clear advanced planning, the district has no chance at the excellence in education it claims to strive for for all its students. Call a school committee member board member today to demand that all parents are informed of the aims and goals of the administration in standard best practice educational planning.
Saskia Nilsen June 2, 2014 at 09:10 pm
On Jun 2, 2014, at 12:29 PM, "Wilson, Bradley" <bwilson@egsd.net> wrote:I wanted toRead More let you all know (if you haven't heard already) that many people plan to attend the meeting in protest of my recent decisions. These meetings are not the forum to protest. I have spoken to several parents, and reporters, and I have more meetings scheduled and unscheduled to explain the situation further. I may only stay to give a short directors report. Brad Wilson, M.S.Ed. Director of Student Services East Greenwich School District 398-1 Seems like a missed opportunity on his part to me. You would think that someone in his position would understand the value of parent input and be willing to publicly address concerns and questions.
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Florence B May 22, 2014 at 08:54 am
Congratulations Rachel!! You should be so very proud of yourself and this amazing achievement!
Rosemary Miner May 22, 2014 at 11:07 pm
Congratulations, Rachel!! Well deserved!!
John May 29, 2014 at 09:02 pm
Congratulations.
EG Mom June 4, 2014 at 08:16 pm
Take it easy. Katrina, You shouldn't feel excluded with today's exclusive invitation. Mrs. MeyerRead More never explained the criteria for recognition. It is her exclusive little secret.
Katrina Timperley June 4, 2014 at 08:28 pm
EG mom One of my children was recognized at this. I think it is both objective and subjective. And IRead More think the truth is that any of the NJHS inductees would be an excellent choice. One student is probably not really better than another which is I think why they wanted the ability to recognize more students, not everyone but more. It would have been interesting to see the new way for one year and then make a decision.
John June 4, 2014 at 08:51 pm
The bigger issue is the lack of the transparency.
Robert Demarco May 31, 2014 at 08:46 am
VJ gets it. Hard work and achievement deserve recognition.
David A Dudek, M.D. June 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm
This fits among the most absurd narratives I've encountered. Rather than positively incentivize hardRead More work and a passion for studiousness, we opt for the alternative: To "protect" the poor students who are still young enough to return home empty-handed, feel personally dissatisfied by the emptyhandedness, find passion where that embarrassment initially sat, and successfully fight to never let it happen again?
Pamela Kae Upton June 14, 2014 at 02:33 pm
I personally prefer the way our local school does it. A letter that in itself is worthy of holdingRead More onto, asstudent t and their parents are invited to attend a ceremony were the student will be receiving some sort of recognition. That way those who won't receive anything aren't sitting there bored and left feeling bad about themselves with their parents. Seriously folks, teaching a child to try to do better in school is not done by sitting and watching others receive awards and recognition. It actually does the opposite as it makes them feel their own efforts will nd ever be good enough and as most awards usually go to the "in crowd/ popular" kids just again prove making an effort is useless.
CCRI President Ray DePasquale addresses the crowd. (Photo: Deborah Gist, Twitter:@DeborahGist)
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Valerie Remillard Myette May 16, 2014 at 09:56 am
Mr. Fuller was my algebra teacher in Cumberland! He is a great teacher and a good person and I'm soRead More glad for the OLM community that they will get to work with him!
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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.
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Alicarn May 15, 2014 at 11:37 am
No surprise here, Ian was always interested in science. I borrowed a book "The HumanRead More Genome" from him before he was a teenager. Congratulations Ian! Very proud of you! Congrats Paula and Jim!
NK Parent May 6, 2014 at 09:48 am
This should we a State-wide initiative. High School start times are just ridiculously early andRead More definitely counter-productive to learning. It seems every time the budgets get tight a bus route is dropped and the start times get even worse.
EG May 6, 2014 at 10:05 am
There are too many school districts, too many schools, too many superintendents and too manyRead More principals in RI. The state should take over.
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