Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A voters’ guide to the special election in Providence’s Ward 3

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter
Published: June 20, 2017, 12:01 am  Updated: June 20, 2017, 8:14 am

Democrats Mark Santow, Nirva Rebecca LaFortune and Daniel Chaika will compete in the Democratic primary on July 12, with the winner taking on Republican David Lallier Jr. and independent Chris Reynolds in the general election on Aug. 16.

Full Article

Thursday, June 8, 2017

City of Providence launches new website

by LINDSAY IADELUCA, NBC 10 NEWS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) —
The city of Providence is getting up to date with the times, launching a new user-friendly website at noon Thursday.

Based on data pulled of what topics are searched for the most, new features were added to make it much simpler for residents, business owners and visitors.

One of the site's biggest new functions is the "I Want To" button on the homepage to easily guide anyone to their area of search.

Full story

The site's URL is providenceri.gov

State of Our Schools

State of Our Schools: America's K–12 Facilities is a joint publication of the 21st Century School Fund, the National Council on School Facilities and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Rhode Island Profile

12 things to know about Rhode Island’s new plan for improving schools

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter
Published: June 8, 2017, 1:28 am  Updated: June 8, 2017, 8:45 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island education officials are getting closer to submitting a plan to the U.S. Department of Education outlining how the state will transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal education law that Congress passed to replace No Child Left Behind in 2015.

If all goes well, the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) could learn if its proposal for implementing ESSA is approved before the end of the year...

Rhode Island has no choice but to submit a plan.

WPRI Overview

read the entire proposal 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Draft of State Plan - Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

As of June 1, 2017, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has posted a draft of its State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal education law that replaced No Child Left Behind. Educators, families, and all Rhode Islanders are invited to review the draft plan and provide feedback through June 30.  The draft plan, a comprehensive companion guide, and links for submitting public comment can be found here: www.ride.ri.gov/ESSA. Questions can be directed to ESSA@ride.ri.gov.

The ESSA State Plan draft can be viewed on the RIDE website: www.ride.ri.gov/ESSA

Ward 3 Council candidates’ forums

¶ Thursday 15 June
+ 6:30 p.m. - Ward 3 Council candidates’ first forum, sponsored by Summit, Mt Hope & Observatory Neighborhood Associations (Mike Ritz and Angi Ankoma moderating) -- Martin Luther King School, 35 Camp Street between Olney and Doyle (1 block north of Hope High)

¶ Tuesday 27 June
+ 6:30 p.m. - Ward 3 Council candidates’ second forum, sponsored by Summit, Mt Hope & Observatory Neighborhood Associations (Ted Nesi of WPRI moderating) -- Martin Luther King School, 35 Camp St. (see June 15 listing)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Here are the 6 candidates seeking to replace Councilman Jackson in Ward 3

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter
Published: June 5, 2017, 6:47 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Four Democrats, a Republican and an independent candidate have filed to run for the Providence City Council seat that has been vacant since longtime Councilman Kevin Jackson was recalled last month.

Candidates had until Monday at 4 p.m. to declare their intent to run for the Ward 3 seat. They have until June 14 to submit their nomination papers – including 50 signatures from Ward 3 voters – to qualify for the ballot.

The Democratic primary is scheduled for July 12. The general election is Aug. 16.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Primary is June 12. Online Registration

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Listing of Neighborhood groups

This blog now has a listing of links to neighborhood groups which can be found via a tab at the top of the blog. Additions and corrections are welcome.

Neighborhood Fiscal Budget Briefings

The Mayor's office is holding neighborhood budget briefings in conjunction with neighborhood associations.

The Wayland Square Neighborhood Fiscal Budget Briefing is May 16, from 6-7 at Nathan Bishop.

The Mount Hope Neighborhood Budget Briefing is May 17, from 6-7 at 199 Camp Street.

For more information contact Kayla Powell, kpowell@providenceri.com or 401-421-2489 x5378

People in other neighborhoods are advised to contact their local neighborhood association.

Monday, May 8, 2017

CHARTER SCHOOLS IN PROVIDENCE - Tuesday May 9

Providence League of Women Voters
 Invites you to a
 Providence Conversation


Charter schools in RI have lotteries full of parents hoping for a “spot” for their children. The federal government wants more charters. - Yet there is opposition. Are charter schools good for students? or are they a mirage taking resources from traditional public schools?

To consider the arguments pro and con,
come to a Conversation with:

 Nicholas Hemond, Chair, Providence School Committee
 Elizabeth Winangun, Parent-Liaison, Achievement First


 Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
 Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm

 for more information, contact joan.retsinas@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Forum to Discuss the Condition of RI Public School Buildings

A Forum to Discuss the Condition of RI Public School Buildings
Public · Hosted by Fix Our Schools Now

Wednesday, May 3 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
35 Camp St, Providence, Rhode Island 02906

Come hear about the work that the Fix Our Schools Now Coalition is doing to bring awareness to this urgent issue, and learn what you can do to help.

CHARTER SCHOOLS IN PROVIDENCE - a Providence Conversation

Providence League of Women Voters
 Invites you to a
 Providence Conversation


Charter schools in RI have lotteries full of parents hoping for a “spot” for their children. The federal government wants more charters. - Yet there is opposition. Are charter schools good for students? or are they a mirage taking resources from traditional public schools?

To consider the arguments pro and con,
come to a Conversation with:

 Nicholas Hemond, Chair, Providence School Committee
 Elizabeth Winangun, Parent-Liaison, Achievement First


 Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
 Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm

 for more information, contact joan.retsinas@gmail.com

Monday, April 24, 2017

Beyond the 2016 Election: How can we make our voices heard?

Jim Vincent, President, NAACP - Providence Branch
Aaron Regunberg, RI State Representative, District 4
Josh Fenton, CEO & Co-Founder, GoLocalProvidence

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Wheelchair accessible

Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fri 4/7 - Urban Studies Bus Tour #6

Seats still available:  If you are interested in the next tour with Kenneth Wong, please click HERE to register.
Tour #6
 Professor Ken Wong, Urban Studies and Education
“Public Schools in Providence”
Friday, April 7, 2017    3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

“Public schools are situated in a larger physical, institutional, and socio-economic context.  Providence's schools reflect the communities' diverse income, racial, ethnic cultural, and governing characteristics.  This tour provides an opportunity to look at a small sample of public schools from a broader perspective.”


___________________
Meredith Chase Paine
Academic Program Manager
 Urban Studies Program
 Brown University
Maxcy Hall 103
Box 1833 / 108 George St.
Providence, RI 02912

RIDE schedules five public forums for ESSA community outreach

Public engagement for transition to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) continues in late April and early May. RIDE will host five regional community forums to share updates and gather feedback on the draft recommendations for the state's ESSA plan.

Students, parents, teachers, community members, and community leaders across the state: You are invited to share your feedback to help inform the ESSA decision-making process.

We will hold five forums at locations across Rhode Island, all taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on these dates:
  • Providence Area: Monday, April 24, at Cranston High School East, 899 Park Avenue, Cranston (Spanish language interpretation services are available)
  • Southern Rhode Island: Wednesday, April 26, at Narragansett High School, 245 S Pier Road, Narragansett
  • East Bay: Thursday, April 27, at Pell Elementary School, 35 Dexter Street, Newport
  • Northern RI: Monday, May 1, at Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Road, Cumberland
  • West Bay: Wednesday, May 3 at West Warwick High School, 1 Webster Knight Drive, West Warwick
The forums are open to everyone, but if you would like to reserve a spot at any of the forums, please click here. 

For more information about these community forums, please email ESSA@ride.ri.gov.

To view materials from Fall ESSA forums, visit: www.ride.ri.gov/ESSA


Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Forum to Address the Condition of RI Public School Buildings

Monday at 4 PM - 6 PM
Providence Career Technical
41 Fricker St, Providence, Rhode Island 02903
 
In September 2016, a small group of individuals and organizations met intending to develop a meaningful plan to address the condition of Rhode Island public school buildings. Over the next several months, we formed Fix Our Schools Now – A Coalition for Healthy School Environments.

Given the complexity of this issue, the Fix Our Schools Now Coalition actively and deliberately sought to gather information from a variety of industries essential to this effort. On Monday, February 27, 2017, we are holding a public forum to communicate what we have learned.

The speaking agenda is as follows:
4:05-4:50 P.M.
Health, Cognitive Function, Academic Success – Why Indoor Environments Matter
Erika Eitland – PhD Candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Chin Lin – HMFH Architects
Dr. Daphne Koinis Mitchell – Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Hasbro
Children’s Hospital
Julian Rodriguez-Drix – Asthma Program Manager, Rhode Island Department of Health

5:00-5:45 P.M.
School Buildings – Financial Impact on Our Communities and How to Fund Repairs
Seth Magaziner – General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island
Jerry Drummond – Lead Energy Efficiency Representative, National Grid
Gregg Amore – State Representative, District 65; Chair, House Finance Sub-Committee
on Education
Ryan W. Pearson – State Senator, District 17

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

RIDE Surveys

From Friends Memo 2-22-17 - RIDE

We're less than two weeks into the administration of the SurveyWorks parent survey and nearly 5,000 responses have been submitted by Rhode Island parents and guardians.  Several districts across the state have hundreds of responses recorded, with North Kingstown, Barrington, Smithfield, and Pawtucket leading the way.  Parents' participation in the survey can directly improve the learning environment of schools in Rhode Island.

To complete the survey by March 31, 2017, parents simply need to visit the website: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride, enter their access code (provided by their school), and then take the 15-20 minute survey.  

RIDE posts statewide report on educator evaluation data

Now in our fifth year of implementation, district educator evaluation models and procedures in Rhode Island have changed over time and continue to evolve based on feedback and best practice. As part of our commitment to ongoing transparency regarding educator evaluation data and changes to our models, we are continuing to release data reports.

We have just released a report from the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. This report captures general model use and educator final effectiveness ratings and student learning ratings. As a state, we are focused on enriching the conversations related to instruction and student learning; therefore, we also provide some updates on some work we are doing currently.

The report and updates can be found on our website
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this report, please reach out to EdEval@ride.ri.gov.

Congressional Voting Records: A Beginner’s Guide

"This topic presents more challenges than may be readily apparent, because researchers must not only determine what resources cover the period of time in which the laws at issue were passed, but also whether that resource is available in a paper-based or freely available digital format."

Fortunately for us, the Library of Congress has provided a Beginner's Guide

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

RIDE on Immigrant Rights

From the Commissioner's Memo to Friends of Education
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dear Subscriber,

Undocumented immigrant children, like all U.S. citizen children, have the right to attend school full-time as long as they meet the age and residency requirements established by state law.  In a 1982 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that children who are undocumented immigrants cannot be denied a free public education if they are, as a factual matter, district residents (Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202; see Appeal of Plata, 40 Ed Dept Rep 552, Decision No. 14,555).

RIDE does not collect or possess information related to the citizenship status of any Rhode Island student.  If RIDE were to receive a request for information related to student documentation status, we would treat that request consistent with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which includes strong protections for the security and privacy of all education records.  FERPA allows for the transfer of education records only to authorized parties with a “legitimate educational interest.”

In the meantime, let’s continue to build communities of teaching, learning, and love for each of our children in all of our schools.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Women's Rally PVD

Can't get to DC on January 21st?

The R.I. Women’s Solidarity Rally will take place at the R.I. State House on January 21, 2017.
EVENT 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
LOCATION R.I. State House, South Lawn, Gaspee & Francis Streets, Providence, R.I.

EVENT PURPOSE
To stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, who say:
“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for
the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families –
recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength
of our country.”

For more information:

Let them know you're coming.