October 21, 2015


Should every student have the option of attending college? Our schools certainly operate under that premise: the whole purpose of the Common Core movement is to ensure that students graduate from high school with the skills necessary to attend college, should they cho...

May 6, 2015

If you are a regular reader of my column, you may know that I was born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland. I started my teaching career in Columbia, Maryland, a suburban community between DC and Baltimore. I’ve paid close attention to the news out of Baltimore in...

April 24, 2015


A new research study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that children who live in poverty actually have smaller brains than their wealthier peers. Through scanning the brains of 1,100 Americans aged 3 – 20, scientists found that both the surface area and the thick...

April 15, 2015


Last week, the 2015 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook was presented to a room filled with health care and education professionals, policy makers, and local and state leaders. While Rhode Island has made great gains in some areas, decreasing both the percentage of infan...

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