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December 24, 2015

Calling R.I. Treasurer’s Pension Bluff

Rhode Island’s pension fund (mainly covering state employees and teachers) hasn’t been doing very well at the investment market’s poker table. According to a Dec. 16 article by Katherine Gregg (“R.I. pension fund sharply lags expectations again”), the $7.63 billion fund has seen only a 0.88 percent return on its investments during the calendar year now coming to a close. The pension system’s financial plan requires a 7.5 percent return every year.

Continue reading in the Providence Journal.

December 13, 2015

Accountability is what works in education

With the release of Rhode Island’s abysmal results on its first round of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests, the adults who ought to be held accountable for the travesty are out in force to redirect blame.

Continue reading in the Providence Journal.

December 11, 2015

Hey, Tony (Defeat of the Dancing Cop)

Lyrics

Hey, Tony
It’s nothing personal
But we gotta take you out
There ain’t two ways about it
Now, Tony
You’ve done a lot of good
But you shoulda kept your mouth closed
Can’t you see which way the wind blows?

All the kids you’ve entertained will miss you
And all the tickets you just let go, we’ll issue
The times are changing

It’s crazy
How fast the rules can change
When just a hashtag on a cup
Becomes an Ocean State setup
Now, Tony,
They’re gonna hunt you down
That affirmative action queen
And ambitious progressive teen

It’s not like this is some kind of vendetta
You’re just caught up in the president’s agenda
And the narrative is changing.

Hey, icon
It’s all real simple now
Black Lives Matters can just defeat
All of your dance moves on the street
Yeah, Tony
You thought it’d be old age
But it’s crybullies who will stop
The beat of the Dancing Cop

There’s not a mayor who’ll save our Christmas this time
‘Tis the season to prosecute your thought crime
And the climate is changing

Hey, Tony
It’s nothing personal
But we gotta take you out

December 10, 2015

Big issues loom — let’s face them as community

Maybe something arrived in the local air, with the summer months. Or maybe we were all exhausted by the constant roll of local issues about which we had to care, from major development proposals to all-day kindergarten. Whatever the cause, we seem to have had some months of relative political peace in Tiverton.

Continue reading in the Sakonnet Times.