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:, 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

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.