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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
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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Carolyn February 27, 2014 at 09:06 am
Would you please get your information up to date. The school is not cancelled on Thursday as was inRead More your February 27th edition of Patch. That was posted on February 13th???? Also I am tired of seeing two identical posting the same day.
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.
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Tom December 23, 2013 at 06:44 am
What are you doing for winter break? Tell us in the comment section below! Finding a job as aRead More teacher.
Renee Cwiek December 23, 2013 at 10:16 am
Actually...Schools resume THURSDAY, January 2. Not Wednesday. School calendars can be found atRead More tivertonschools.org.
Daniel Rodriguez December 13, 2013 at 11:33 am
IC Facts, The only way to know is to look at the report Buka and colleagues writes up and publishes,Read More which I'm sure they will at some point. From my experience conducting studies with adolescents, our team always took great pains to ensure that students didn't respond randomly, what we call response sets. It's not that hard to do. If we have a specific response scheme that does not allow random responding, we can easily see violations. Our team used to sit at a table and collect response packets from students, look for response sets, and then return the surveys to the students if we identified response sets. Steve Buka is a very well known and respected researcher. I'm sure his team has some approach to eliminating response sets. However, we will not know until his work is published.
IC Facts December 13, 2013 at 04:41 pm
Daniel, thanks for your response. Mr. Heath, thanks for your analysis, your hard work, and yourRead More concern for our kids. I'm going to have a talk about this with my middle school child this weekend.
IC Facts December 16, 2013 at 02:14 pm
For what it's worth, I asked my son about this the other night. He remembers taking the test. HeRead More said he answered honestly, and I believe him. When I told him that Tiverton supposedly has the highest rates of smoking and drinking, and without hesitation he said, "I doubt that's true." I asked him if he knew any kids who were doing it and he said no. I asked him if he heard of any kids doing it and he said no.
Renee Cwiek November 17, 2013 at 05:31 am
Exactly right about the turnout Rufus. The only turn out was to make sure Dave's budget didn't getRead More passed. (that pesky 600k he stole will always come back to haunt him.)
Roger Lord November 17, 2013 at 08:22 am
Back on the subject of school budget control, Title 16-7-23 of the RI General Laws states;Read More "Each community shall contribute local funds to its school committee in an amount not less than its local contribution for schools in the previous fiscal year." It's called "foundation funding." The upper limit is determined by 16-2-21, "The budget adopted and presented by any school committee for the fiscal year 2013 and for each fiscal year thereafter shall not propose the appropriation of municipal funds (exclusive of state and federal aid) in excess of one hundred four percent (104%) of the total of municipal funds appropriated by the city or town council for school purposes for fiscal year 2012." And if the Town Council tries to short change the school's funding (as Portsmouth did), there's always 16-2-21.4 (The Caruolo Act) which states, "A community that has a local appropriation insufficient to fund the basic education program pursuant to the regulations described in this section and all other approved programs shared by the state and required in law shall be required to increase its local appropriation in accordance with § 44-5-2 or find efficiencies in other non-education programs to provide sufficient funding to support the public schools." This was used successfully against the Portsmouth Town Council. The point of this is that the Town Council does not have as much control over the school budget as has been implied in this thread of comments... no matter which city or town is involved. If you want to look this stuff up, here's the link: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE16/INDEX.HTM
Jethro60 November 18, 2013 at 07:58 am
Jack-You have stated many times on this blog and on the old East Bay blog (which you and Joe SousaRead More shut down) that you think unionized teachers get paid too much, unionized teachers don't work enough, and unions should be disbanded. For you to come on here now and praise teachers is the epitome of a hypocrite.
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Jeff Heath November 20, 2013 at 05:13 pm
This presentation by a senior student to his school committee in Tennessee addresses theRead More "common core" movement better than anyone I've heard thus far... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PprP5TCZBRI Shame on our country's policy makers that make the executive call to bypass the practice of democracy in any facet of American culture...
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Renee Cwiek October 25, 2013 at 10:54 am
Save a horse...ride a cowboy.
Ruffus Sousa October 25, 2013 at 11:33 am
Jim L,how about you copy and paste the email that said that. Did you happen to tell them that thisRead More is like the fifth time in a week or so that you have flipped your wig and lost total control. Once again you have issue on facebook, issue on patch and issue with getting along with people in general. You are so hung up on the real name thing but chum up to Tea Part and anyone else who agrees with you. Not to mention that you do not really even post with your real name. The name is not L is it. Why not edit your screen name to show the whole thing. Could it be because your family is ashamed of the attacks you make?
IC Facts October 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm
This reminds me of someone. http://laughingsquid.com/baby-goat-fights-her-own-reflection/
Ruffus Sousa October 18, 2013 at 09:49 pm
Still you were off topic and king Jack does not like that Pat.
Pat Silvia October 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm
Again, I'll ask. What is your problem? The topic started out as a nice item about the students andRead More the canes. I have a fondness for nice stories and for the glamorous person on the far right!! Jack has no problem with me. Do you? And by the way, my views are not in lock-step with Jack's. (I am a liberal; not fond of the ideologies of the Tea Party; not an advocate of the 2nd amendment.) I just believe he is a nice guy, who has a right to his own opinions as do I. Differences make the world go round.
Jack Baillargeron October 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm
On topic of this thread being ruined by the same people I apologize to the youth and people whoRead More worked so hard to accomplish this great and moral task. I have started a thread that will allow you to post all the personal attacks and nonsense that does not violate TOS. You now have no need to ruin other threads by picking on other posters and leading threads off topic. I am sure posters who you pick on will respond once in while. Here is the link. http://tiverton.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/internet-trolling-thread
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Pat Silvia October 3, 2013 at 04:01 pm
Agree, Renee. As the wife of a former teacher, I know that he never assigned busy work. HisRead More homework assignments were given to reinforce the lessons of that day. Homework was not given lightly. Keep in mind that teachers have to grade the assignments, so they are also spending many hours on homework. I always remember having lots of homework. Both of my children had tons. When I was growing up, the four of us kids would sit around the dining room table doing homework, with my father there to assist, if needed. Neither my parents nor I would ever send a note into school with a homework excuse. Homework teaches children responsibility and time management.
Tara Messenger October 3, 2013 at 04:28 pm
Totally agree, homework teaches kids responsibility, accountability, and time management. So manyRead More kids spend too much time watching tv and playing video games.... They should spend an hour a night bettering themselves.
Dan D October 3, 2013 at 08:20 pm
Homework leaves children frustrated and fearful and takes away from what they often really need,Read More which is family time, sports time, playground time. "Time management"? How about the single father who doesnt get his child out of day care until 5pm or later and then has to come home make dinner and get his 8 year old in bed at a decent hour. Playground time? family time? yeah, there isnt any, and he only has "40 minutes" of homework each day. If he is really tired, that can turn into a disaster of an hour or more. i HAVE sent in a note that he spent too long on homework. all homework does is mercilessly torture children with more work than they can handle and creates disdain for anything school related. Shouldnt it be up to the parents to decide, after school, how a child betters themselves? sometimes i think teachers need to learn one simple fact: he is MY child, not yours. you are his educator during the school day, after he leaves school, that is MY job. - the article plainly says "Mr Greenfield focuses on the damage to him" well, I guess in some worlds, children do not pick up on their parents exasperation and annoyance, but in most, they do. Homework is, plain and simple, torture on families and usually a useless exercise. Abolish it completely. No more ridiculous dittos or "study math facts" - I dont care if my son knows 8+6 as much as i care that he knows HOW to get the answer.