Senator Chafee Gets $ for Alternative Schools
NB: I changed the original title of this post to reflect that Sen. Chafee has garnered funds for more than just the Narragansett school.
It’s tempting to classify a lot of Federal spending as “pork,” and we at Anchor Rising have certainly done our part to call it like it is. However, not all Federal money is “pork” and small amounts–strategically placed–can do much good. In my opinion, an example of this is the $50,000 that Senator Chafee helped to garner for the Nuweetooun School.
The Nuweetooun School is a private, nonprofit school in Exeter serving about 40 students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
It’s the first school created and administered by the Narragansetts since Europeans settled Rhode Island. Senator Lincoln Chafee is expected to visit the school this morning to announce 50-thousand dollars in funding to help develop curriculum, purchase supplies and pay operating expenses.
The money is from the U.S. Department of Education. The Nuweetooun School’s core curriculum is Native American culture and history, with a focus on experimental learning.
Here is more on the impetus for founding the school and on the theory of “cultured learning” and the curriculum that is taught. Some may cast a cynical eye on this approach, but the Narragansetts are to be applauded for taking the initiative in starting a school that suits the needs of their people.
UPDATE: Commenter John B. has alerted me to the fact that Sen. Chafee has also obtained $150,000 in funding for Sophia Academy, which is a ” nondenominational, private, non-profit gender-specific middle school for girls, grades 5-8, from low-income families in Providence, Rhode Island.” We have written a lot about how important school choice is for the future of both Rhode Island students and the state itself. These programs are worthy of support and Sen. Chafee should be commended for helping them. I would add, however, that Senator Chafee has been opposed to “school choice” (vouchers) in the past. This begs the question: if such private enterprises are advantageous for the groups–Native Americans and “low-income girls”–that they were targeted to help, why aren’t similar entities that seek to appeal to the broader public likewise not worthy of such support?