Monthly Archives: August 2011

Reasons to Oppose Achievement First in Rhode Island, part 2

First: PLEASE ATTEND the Board of Regent Meeting, September 1, 4pm, at RIDE, 255 Washington St., Providence. Second: my apologies for the lateness of this post.  Hurricane and false start to school and all. The purpose of today’s post is … Continue reading

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Reasons to Oppose Achievement First in Rhode Island, part 1

The Providence School Committee unanimously voted to disempower itself at last night’s meeting, giving their rubber stamp of approval to the proposed Achievement First Mayoral Academy that would, upon full implementation, take 900 students each from Cranston and Providence.  Once … Continue reading

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Contract Time

The big news—if you haven’t heard—is that the proposed Achievement First Mayoral Academy is moving forward, with important in Providence and Cranston this Wednesday (8/24) and at the Board of Regents (9/1). I’ll have more about that in the next … Continue reading

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The PTU Contract, part 2

In today’s edition, I publish two more voices from the PTU rank and file: one a “yes” voter with reservations, the other a vehement “no” voter.  Let me restate: the purpose of this series is to formulate a well-rounded assessment … Continue reading

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The PTU Contract, part 1

Earlier this week, members of the Providence Teachers Union ratified a new agreement with the Providence Public School Department by a margin of 868 to 79.  In the next week, I’ll be publishing the views of PTU members and others … Continue reading

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Why Teachers should support striking Verizon Workers

At 12:01am this morning, workers at Verizon up and down the East Coast went on strike.  The workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 2323 inRhode Island) are facing demands for … Continue reading

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Questions about the PTU’s Tentative Agreement

The following is the extended text of a leaflet I wrote for the CDPE, though I’m not certain that everyone in the CDPE would agree with the approach.  I know that a number of people want to take a more … Continue reading

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