Providence

A dark classroom

At least the Wall Street Journal is supporting Bessinger against the “education horror show.”

By Justin Katz | October 15, 2021 |

Yesterday, I wondered why the plight and complaints of Providence middle school teacher Ramona Bessinger weren’t of more concern to teachers, parents, the community, the union, and Rhode Islanders generally.  Today, the Wall Street Journal editorial board has proven that somebody actually cares, giving their editorial the sharp headline, “Education Horror Show, Continued.”  (Search the headline…

Whiteboard harassment of Ramona Bessinger

Where is the support for Bessinger and her cause?

By Justin Katz | October 14, 2021 |

William Jacobson reports on Legal Insurrection that while Providence middle school teacher was at an inquiry alleging that she had permitted some students out of her classroom during a practice lockdown, students wrote threatening notes on her classroom’s whiteboard and tweeted pictures at them.  One of the images showed a student at the board, but Jacobson speculates…

A water drop and ripples

Democrats are bringing back the bad old days in Providence (for a start).

By Justin Katz | October 6, 2021 |

I started college in 1993, and I remember people older than me who had gone to urban campuses talking about the dangerousness of the cities — muggings, assaults, break-ins.  Those things can always happen as random events, but by the mid-’90s, it kind of seemed like they were largely a thing of the past.  Unfortunately,…

Silhouette of a stickup

The “mystery” of violent crime hides the probable cause in Rhode Island.

By Justin Katz | September 30, 2021 |

The mainstream media — represented for this post by Brian Amaral of the Boston Globe — may not know what is to blame for the increase in violent crime across the country, but they sure know who: In 2019, a Rhode Island man released from a life crack-dealing sentence under the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform…

Planned Parenthood sex-ed poster

Planned Parenthood is the poster child for radical child abuse.

By Justin Katz | September 29, 2021 |

Providence middle school teacher Ramona Bessinger shared on her Facebook page a Planned Parenthood poster that she was “encouraged to post” in her classroom last school year.  Here’s the main body of the text: Beyond the Birds and the Bees is a sexuality education program for high schoolers that is science-based, sex-positive, and affirming to…

A water drop and ripples

Journalists should give readers and viewers the context of the people on whom they report.

By Justin Katz | September 9, 2021 |

Thus, John DePetro is keeping an eye on the folks at the heart of the scandal with the Sayles Street police response: One of the main players in the Providence Sayles street melee was arrested in Cranston for dealing drugs with children in the house. Alynezea Quaranta was one of the main contributors to the…

A man with his head in a box

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Narrative Dominates

By Justin Katz | September 7, 2021 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review multiple ways state and local government seem not to be acting as one would expect competent professionals to act.

A social justice take on Western railroad construction

Millions of dollars (mostly federal) are going to CRT in Providence.

By Justin Katz | August 13, 2021 |

My latest article for Accuracy in Media does some digging into what’s going on with critical race theory (CRT)–style curricula and teacher training in Providence schools: Congressional Republicans scored a victory for racial harmony in the American classroom with the passage of Senator Tom Cotton’s “Stop CRT Act“.  Whether the legislation will actually halt the promotion of critical race theory…

A locked luggage box

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Boxed in by the Past

By Justin Katz | August 9, 2021 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz take on unprecedented developments in RI government and politics.

The Providence teacher contract estimate should be 144% higher than stated.

By Justin Katz | August 4, 2021 |

It’s a positive thing that state law requires municipalities and school districts to provide cost estimates for the contracts they’re about to approve (even if they tend to issue them when it’s pretty much a done deal), and it’s good that the state hasn’t tried to slip through a transparency loophole in negotiating its contract…

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