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Elementary and High School Education
An education funding formula, hailed as a breakthrough, faces its critics
For years, Rhode Island was one of just two states in the union without a funding formula for its public schools. And then, for a time, it was the only state with that dubious dis-tinction.
| June 24, 2010
Shaking up the school system
Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
| April 21, 2010
Will Beacon Hill be bullied into enacting a politically correct law?
A case of high-school bullying in South Hadley ended in tragedy this past January when the alleged victim, a freshman girl, committed suicide. Now, ramped up by the outrage over the case, Massachusetts legislators are in danger of enacting a politically correct law that could have devastating effects on our free speech.
| April 12, 2010
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Sam Lipsyte asks and tells
In his books Venus Drive , The Subject Steve , and Home Land , novelist and short-story writer Sam Lipsyte revels in rage.
| March 11, 2010
Review: Prodigal Sons
An engrossing, unpredictable, often heartbreaking family-drama documentary
Adopted four weeks after he was born and brought up in Helena, Montana, Marc McKerrow suffered through the stress of being compared with his brother, Paul, his high school's valedictorian and star quarterback.
| March 09, 2010
Call for health-care reform
Letters to the Portland Editor, December 25, 2009
The November 7 passage of health-care reform, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, in the House of Representatives was a very important and exciting moment for everyone who is dedicated to the idea that all Americans need and deserve access to high quality, affordable health care.
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| December 22, 2009
Let's Get Raw
Do It Clean Dept.
Couldn't score a seat at the Climate Change Conference underway in Copenhagen, but still want to reduce your carbon footprint? Perhaps you need to eat it raw.
| December 16, 2009
The human condition
Who’s to say what’s Crazy ?
Kevin Broccoli, the writer and directorial ringmaster, announced before the performance that we were going to see not a play, but rather an experiment.
| November 23, 2009
The battle for our city schools
Boston Phoenix letters, October 23, 2009
In your recent story “ Boston Public-School Apartheid? ”, charter public schools are faulted for taking disadvantaged Boston students and sending them on to excellent high schools and, eventually, college. Why shouldn’t low-income students of color have access to such life-changing opportunities?
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| October 21, 2009
Boston public-school apartheid?
Think busing was a problem in this town? Some are labeling charter schools as Boston's newest educational battleground
At the Edward W. Brooke School in Roslindale — a kindergarten-to-eighth-grade public charter school — the push to advance graduates to elite secondary programs begins in fifth grade.
| October 15, 2009
Crossword: ''Tune in, drop out''
Who needs high school?
Who needs high school?
| September 09, 2009
Health-Care-Reform Town Hall All-Stars
Plumb and Dumber Dept.
Shamelessly successful political-smear campaigns yield exalted martyrs.
| August 20, 2009
Dead like me
Tonya Hurley's high-school afterlife
"Perception vs. reality. In high school, they are pretty much the same thing." So writes Tonya Hurley, author of ghostgirl and ghostgirl: Homecoming (Little Brown), two books ostensibly written for young adults but with elements that are just as appealing to grown-ups.
| August 05, 2009
After a half-century, a theatre crumbles
Looking Glass Theatre closes
The spotlight has dimmed, sadly, on Providence's Looking Glass Theatre. The company, a small crew of three to four actors and a musician, entertained elementary school students across the state for nearly 50 years, at one time performing hundreds of in-school shows per year.
| June 24, 2009
The Big Hurt: Wascally wappers
Plus failed massacres and reverse piracy
Lame as Marilyn Manson may be, I wouldn't wish his fans on him if he were my worst enemy.
| June 01, 2009
Love and friendship (Rhode Island-style)
An excerpt from Sarah Rainone's new novel, Love Will Tear Us Apart , in which six friends let the music do the talking
Cort is whispering something to me but she's trying to be all respectful or whatever so I can't make out what she's saying.
| May 22, 2009
Review: The Country Teacher
Czech writer/director Bohdan Sláma's histrionic drama finds dour teacher Petr (Pavel Liska) fleeing from a private Prague academy to a rural elementary school.
| May 19, 2009
Mad Horse's masterful The History Boys
A battle of pedagogies is raging at an English grammar school for teenage boys.
| April 29, 2009
Censorship for Me, Penelope
Lisa Jahn-Clough's young-adult novel Me, Penelope is the subject of a recent dispute at Tavares Middle School in Orlando, Florida.
| March 04, 2009
Making a musical connection
In 1998, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma envisioned connecting artists and audiences around the world by focusing on the cultures along the historic 4000-mile Silk Road trade route.
| March 04, 2009
The kult of Al Kaprielian
Not at all like the smooth-talking meteorologists on the air in Boston, Kaprielian looks more like an eighth-grade science teacher as he springs to life.
It's the coldest day of the winter so far and Al Kaprielian is excited.
| February 06, 2009
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
A couple months ago, when I wrote about the fact that the Sanford and Wiscasset high schools are the last remaining Maine schools using the mascot nickname “redskins,” Sanford principal Allan Young told me that if “redskin” critics called his students racists, he would support a change.
| January 26, 2009
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Adam Bock is a good listener
Talking the talk
When Adam Bock first came to Providence in the late '80s, after a friend told him there was this great playwriting teacher at Brown, he was busting with unstoppable aspiration
| December 19, 2008
Last of the Redskins
What can sports mascots teach us about Native American relations today?
The Scarborough School Board changed from “Redskins” to the “Red Storm” eight years ago, at a time when high school and college teams around the country were trending away from using Native American mascots.
| December 02, 2008
Dance, Monkey: Billy Bob Neck
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week's victim . . .
I was pretty sure a paper like this would ask some kinda homosexual question, being in Massachusetts and named after a Henry Potter book.
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| November 25, 2008
Surly you jest
The other side of Big Shug’s game
He might be the toughest veteran on Boston’s hip-hop scene, but Shug is a phenomenal dinner guest.
| November 24, 2008
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Only a few step up to serve Portland’s schools
An overview of those stepping up to serve Portland's schools
| October 29, 2008
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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