Little Compton

Using Transparency to Know What Administrators Should Be Investigating

By Justin Katz | April 1, 2011 |

My Patch column, this week, notes that school administrators in Tiverton appear to analyze differences between their approach and that of one of the most successful districts in Rhode Island (neighboring town, Portsmouth) only to the degree that they can formulate excuses why their own students and community in general are to blame for the…

A Lesson for the Town’s Educators (and Parents)

By Justin Katz | March 16, 2011 |

Not surprisingly, a majority of Little Compton parents would prefer to keep the town’s students flowing through one of the state’s best high schools, in Portsmouth, rather than move them over to Tiverton’s facility right next door. I’ve explained why I would feel the same, were I among them, but the number of reasons that…

State Reps in Town

By Justin Katz | January 10, 2011 |

The Democrat trio of Tiverton’s state representation — Rep. Jay Edwards, Sen. Walter Felag, and Sen. Louis DiPalma — appeared before the Tiverton Town Council tonight. Here are my notes: Edwards started out by noting his request for legislation enabling biannual licensing reviews (or longer). Felag: The budget is the major issue, and Governor Lincoln…

What School Choice Is Already Telling Us

By Justin Katz | January 10, 2011 |

For several generations, Little Compton, RI, has been practicing a community school choice by sending its teenagers elsewhere for high school. The obvious choice should be Tiverton, just over an indistinguishable border, but at least since the ’70s, the kids of LC have been traveling to Aquidneck Island. My Patch column, this week, looks at…

We Need a Taxpayer Grievance

By Justin Katz | December 7, 2009 |

How can an entity — whether a business, a town, a nonprofit, whatever — operate like this? [Little Compton Firefighter Fred] Melnyk was off duty at the time, out of uniform, and had been in the fire-station earlier at 11:16 when the medical incident in question was called in. An emergency medical technician (EMT) with…

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