Trust, Revisited

During last year’s budget discussions, I wrote a blog entry about taxes and trust. In it, I argued that I view taxes and proposed increases through a lens of trust. What was missing in the discussion then, as still is now, is whether our government is trustworthy enough to spend our resources wisely, with the... Continue Reading →

Not One Paperclip?

I think it is safe to say that everyone’s lives have been changed by COVID 19.  We read about new ways of teaching, working, shopping. We hear about curbside pick up and reduced contact with the public. There are layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts and more. The news is constantly sharing the number of new cases and sadly the... Continue Reading →

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

There is a petition before the town council that will be considered at Monday’s meeting.   This petition is not a reduction to the school budget if the savings realized from transportation, meal services, and other programs due to school closure are applied to this year's budget. The petition simply asks the town council to direct... Continue Reading →

Ratios, Lies and Stolen Dreams

 “Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.” Desmond Tutu You will find the following statement twice in the FY 2020-21 South Kingstown School District Budget: “The district is proud of its ability to use our financial resources wisely, purposefully, and responsibly to maintain and enhance a high-quality education for all students... Continue Reading →

Open Letter to the SC and TC

All,Several months ago, at the beginning of the budget process, many of you touted a newfound collaborative relationship between the town and school department. I personally didn’t see much of a difference beyond a little extra transparency on the part of the superintendent, but any improvement in this regard is to be applauded. Unfortunately, that... Continue Reading →

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