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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!
This concrete slab was poured illegally without School Committee approval or even the school's facilities department knowing, a School Committee member alleges. (Submitted Photo)
Not my first rodeo July 16, 2014 at 10:35 am
And you shiuld change yours too "oldscaredtodeath"
OldTownie July 16, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Sorry Rodeo, not interested in your sexual fantasies.
Not my first rodeo July 16, 2014 at 08:17 pm
Lol see ya at tremblays
Doug Smith June 18, 2014 at 09:04 am
Mark, we also hope to have the new superintendent on our weekly public tv show, Portsmouth thisRead More Week, later on in August. Please share the questions you don't have time to ask and I'll see if we can use them on the show. Doug Smith
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Eddie Norton June 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm
vote for ryan moniz: a Boy among boys
Eddie Norton June 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm
ryan was my football coach 2 years ago and let me tell you, he touched me in ways that no adult hasRead More ever been able to. he really got through to me, deep to the core.
Katy Jordan June 19, 2014 at 09:04 am
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Ana Riley, at left, stands next to educational trainer, speaker and researcher Robert Marzano. (Photo: Ana Riley via Twitter)
outside look June 11, 2014 at 07:32 am
Good luck lady, your going to need it...
dphs18 June 11, 2014 at 08:06 am
39 Superintendents all making $150,000 + salaries in a state the size of a small county in mostRead More states. Hmmm, I wonder why we have the highest taxes in the country.
George Costanza June 11, 2014 at 03:57 pm
we could consolidate all three districts and save $300k at this one level!!!
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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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
Paul Shaw May 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm
Portsmouth has a broken turbine. You have too many Chiefs and the Indians (taxpayers)are paying theRead More bills. The town has no control of the various departments. It looks like Town Planner Gary Crosby owns the wind turbine and Dave Croston owns the entire school system ! OUTTA Control ? Yes
FYI May 23, 2014 at 02:10 pm
Here's a suggestion if the town still wants to go "green energy"; scrap the turbine for $$Read More & go geothermal (heating & cooling systems that come from the ground) for all our school buildings. It's less abrasive too. No need to worry about flying ice or flickers from the blades.
FYI May 23, 2014 at 02:15 pm
PS And make Dave Croston pay back what he took from our taxes WITHOUT a vote!! We voted not thatRead More long ago on the high school's track, field, & tennis courts that HE ruined! I am NOT a happy tax payer for him doing this!! Especially when our 4th & 5th graders do not have a playground!! That $2 million + he spent on something that was fine really tics me off!! Oh and when our beloved teachers get a pink slip, thank Dave Croston!!
Michelle Turner May 20, 2014 at 08:38 pm
Why would this be surprising to anyone? David Croston wants his Math and Science Academy and anyRead More superintendent not supporting his agenda will never be allowed to walk through the door. I have no doubt that Croston has kept up with his bully tactics to ensure the committee selects only the person he wants. He wants what he wants and doesn't care about parents, taxpayers, or school department employees. He has many times made reference to primarily supporting our "best and brightest" students (his words... not mine) and if you don't fall into his perception of "best and brightest", you don't matter. Croston does not own our schools... we all do. He seriously needs to go!
WJ May 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm
Why did they resign? They should have bullied him right back.
FYI May 22, 2014 at 10:03 am
All I know about this Dave Croston guy is that he failed to pay his town taxes a few years ago, thatRead More he TOOK over $2 million dollars of the school budget to redo the track, field to turf (Not as go as grass for our kids to play on), and tennis courts (destroyed all 30+ arborvitae trees) WITHOUT a town vote!! Anyone who was living in this town about 10 yrs ago voted on these issues when it was 1st done. Those trees were a wind barrier and for shade!!! I think Mr. Croston should pay the town back for those trees!! We could have used them as a natural barrier out on rt 24 too, if no one really wanted them. Such a SHAME!!!
CCRI President Ray DePasquale addresses the crowd. (Photo: Deborah Gist, Twitter:@DeborahGist)
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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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Ray Davis May 3, 2014 at 06:45 am
This is a much appreciated and will really help in providing Portsmouth students with alterantiveRead More activities that promote smart choices and offer one more postive choice option. Thank you's to the Herren Project and all the folks who put so much effort into these post prom activities.
grad May 4, 2014 at 01:29 am
Another"Portsmouth Proud" accomplishment. Best wishes to all the students and a big THANKRead More YOU to their supporters.
Cindy Garant April 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm
I hope he gets the job! Portsmouth will miss him, but he will be awesome for Somerset, who needsRead More someone like him. Good luck Jeff!
Don Redford April 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm
Don't leave us. We need you.
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HappyDad April 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm
I'd like to know if Rep Langevin has secured any of these funds. Is District 1 the only part of theRead More state to receive any of this money?
Cheap Guy April 23, 2014 at 06:19 pm
HappyDad Rhode Island only received $93,000 because the funds are allocated by the rate of childrenRead More living poverty. Red States (that normally vote Republican) have the highest number of poor folks (Texas, Alabama, Kentucky Georgia etc) the Red states are the true welfare states
Don Redford April 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm
i think the real question is should children eat in school? It's distracting them from theirRead More studies.
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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.
Waffa Freij May 31, 2014 at 08:37 pm
Yes!
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
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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.
Meghan March 13, 2014 at 08:53 am
Congratulations Mrs. Little! You are missed for sure at the Middle school, but so glad you stayedRead More local.
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Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:08 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 a 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 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!
Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:09 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 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!
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!
Wendi March 7, 2014 at 08:38 am
The artist of the gummy bear candy jars in this article is Madison Lohrum, a student and awesomeRead More young lady at Portsmouth HS.
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