South Kingstown bond mailer

A Start to Fixing South Kingstown Schools’ Misbehavior

By Justin Katz | June 15, 2021 |

Revelations about the source of student information for a political mailer in South Kingstown give hints of the statewide machine taxpayers have to resist.

A white student looks away

An education lesson from Australia suggests two ways to improve a lot and quickly.

By Justin Katz | June 10, 2021 |

The headline from an Australia-focused article in The Epoch Times, by Rebecca Zhu, carries a lesson: “Increased School Funding Does Not Lead to Better Performance: Education Minister.”  Here’s the evidence Zhu provides: Over the last 10 years, the UK has cut spending, while achieving better results in reading, maths, and science. “In the past decade, the…

NEA-RI logo overshadows South Kingstown schools logo

It appears that NEA-RI is stalking South Kingstown.

By Justin Katz | June 9, 2021 |

Most people who pay attention to these sorts of things know that the South Kingstown school department has the dubious distinction of having as one of its governing school committee members, Sarah Markey,  an actual organizer from the National Education Association of Rhode Island (NEA-RI), which is the state-level union representing the district’s teachers.  That…

Angelica Infante-Green

The education commissioner should go after the teachers unions for the right reasons.

By Justin Katz | June 4, 2021 |

I’m with Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green in believing that negotiating teacher contracts should be a professional endeavor of well-meaning parties and that professional union organizers prevent that from being the case when they aren’t getting their way.  Indeed, from the early months after her arrival in the state, I’ve been saying Infante-Green was…

A lit liquor shelf

State House insiders give the impression of bingeing, with more evergreen contracts.

By Justin Katz | June 1, 2021 |

Workaday Rhode Island taxpayers are in a vulnerable position right now. Progressive legislators are surging.  The replacement of former House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello with Joseph Shekarchi (thanks to the electoral victory of quickly-proving-herself-a-far-left-progressive Republican Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung) is teaching Rhode Island too late that Mattiello really was a firewall against bad leftist policies.  And newly…

Providence Student Union Bill of Rights sign

The Providence Student Union “Student’s Bill of Rights” is a righteousness redirect.

By Justin Katz | June 1, 2021 |

The featured image of this post, which is one of several paid ads that the Providence Student Union has placed around Providence, according to Steve Ahlquist on Uprise RI, illustrates how off base the demands of progressive ideology have thrown young activists.  The full list of 23 asserted rights isn’t much better. Note to students:  Your…

A foot massage

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Playing Footsie in a Parasitic Legislature

By Justin Katz | May 24, 2021 |

For this week’s conversation, John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss the complete lack of will to fix education for Rhode Island kids or reduce abuse for Rhode Island taxpayers.

Children in tug of war

Weingarten gave the game away with her call for elected school boards.

By Justin Katz | May 24, 2021 |

Not a lot of time is required to understand how collective bargaining is supposed to work.  In the private sector, management has incentive to increase profits and squeeze savings out of workers, so employees coordinate their efforts so they have leverage as a group to protect their own interests.  Given that they are bound together…

Race-baiting cartoon by Revenue for RI

A Disjointed, Dishonest Pitch to Raise RI’s Income Tax

By Monique Chartier | May 23, 2021 |

A special interest coalition advocates for “Revenue for Rhode Island” via a slick mailer with quite the set up and pitch.

Hundred dollar bills

How many variations of Frank Montanaro exist in and around state government?

By Justin Katz | May 19, 2021 |

Katherine Gregg reports for the Providence Journal the labor-union scion’s latest play to get everything he can out of Rhode Island taxpayers.  Putting things chronologically might help to make it clear: Montanaro was elected to the General Assembly in 1986, at the age of 24 or 25.  Under the rules existing at the time, he could…

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