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Our Turn: Sarah Friedman and Meg O’Leary: A model that helps Latinos thrive

By Sarah Friedman and Meg O’Leary
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Providence Journal

In a Jan. 14 Commentary piece (“Dismal outlook for R.I. Latinos demands action”) Central Falls Superintendent Victor Capellan shared his thinking on the Annie E. Casey report ranking Rhode Island last in the nation for opportunities for success for Latino children.

Rhode Island is already home to a national model of what success in this realm looks like. The Learning Community, one of the highest poverty, highest performing K-8 urban schools in Rhode Island, has effectively closed the Latino achievement gap.

On the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) English Language Arts assessment, Learning Community’s Latino students outperformed the state’s white students by 7 percentage points and reached proficiency at two-and-a-half times the rate of their Latino peers statewide. The Learning Community also closed the gap between students of color and white students, with our students of color outperforming the state’s white students by 6 percentage points.

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My Turn: Keith A. Oliviera: Ignoring 15,000 desperate R.I. families

By Keith A. Oliviera
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at 6:31 PM
Updated Jan 24, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Providence Journal

I read with interest Chariho Superintendent Barry Ricci’s Jan. 11 Commentary piece, “Choice costs too much,” which explains his desire to put a “pause” on public education choice is Rhode Island. My response: Tell that to the families of the 15,000 students that applied to enroll in public charter schools last year.

The fact is, Rhode Island families want choice and it is purely self-serving for Superintendent Ricci to suggest otherwise. There are literally thousands of Rhode Island families that believe traditional public schools do not respond to the needs of their children.

They want schools that not only deliver a high-quality educational program but also schools where their children feels safe, supported and part of a welcoming community of learners. They want schools that are innovative and explore different avenues of teaching and learning. Above all else, families want the opportunity to choose an educational environment that best fits the needs of their children.

For many Rhode Island families, particularly low-income families of color, that is difficult to find in traditional public schools. Continue reading “My Turn: Keith A. Oliviera: Ignoring 15,000 desperate R.I. families”

Go Local Prov: 17 Who Made a Difference in RI in 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

GoLocalProv News

These are Rhode Islanders who impacted the White House, the State House, the courthouse — and your house.
They led, transformed, and were assigned to clean up financial and political catastrophes. Each of the 17 impacted 2017 in many ways that were unforeseen. The economy showed signs of life driven by incentives and innovation, but Rhode Island also faced a range of challenges. The UHIP failure, which left thousands of the neediest without benefits along with the St. Joseph pension fund collapse are both dramatic and heartbreaking episodes that carry into the new year. Continue reading “Go Local Prov: 17 Who Made a Difference in RI in 2017”

League Director Added to 2017 Power List

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

GoLocalProv News

Clockwise top left – Shanley, Moffitt, Oliviera, and Walsh

Experts say the difference between Rhode Island’s economy and Massachusetts exploding and overheating economy is the difference between the respective education systems and, thus, the quality of our workforce. Continue reading “League Director Added to 2017 Power List”

RI League of Charter Schools Names Oliveira Executive Director (June 9, 2017)

Friday, June 09, 2017

GoLocalProv News Team

Keith Oliveira

The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools has named Keith Oliveira, former president of the Providence School Board, as its new Executive Director.

“Our charter schools provide tremendous learning experiences and opportunities for Rhode Island students and families. I am very excited to take on this opportunity to advance the purpose of charter schools in Rhode Island,” said Oliveira.

Oliveira will take over the position effective June 19.

Oliveira as President of the School Board Continue reading “RI League of Charter Schools Names Oliveira Executive Director (June 9, 2017)”