ProvParents
ProvParents
Demanding excellence from the public institutions educating Providence

There is a kind of relief that comes from hearing your own boiling anger and unshakable sadness echoed back to you. If there is anything positive to be said in response to the report on Providence schools released June 25th, it is this: yes, you see now, we all see now.

The report (available in full HERE) confirms what parents have been saying to us all year about exceptionally low academic expectations, students and educators feeling unsafe, teacher absences, too few educators of color, poor communication, and the constraints of the collective bargaining agreement and a convoluted governance system. It is no wonder one of the findings is that parents feel demoralized and marginalized. What each of us has experienced as an individual turns out to be reality all over the city, in many cases far more devastating than we may have imagined. The report stops short of saying that the system is racist, but that is exactly what is painfully exposed.

So we’re calling on all our members to lean in. Take the passion and commitment you bring to advocating for your own kids’ education, add to that the energy from anger and frustration the report generates, and use this to power the hard work of building a more just public education system. We can’t be just parents anymore. We need to be activists.

You can start by attending one of the public forums hosted by Commissioner Infante-Green (details HERE) and making clear you are invested in what comes next and are there for all of the children in our city.


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Educate.

We are parents and caregivers demanding excellence from the public institutions teaching the children of Providence, RI.

 
 
 
 

Our Values

 

Our Kids, All Kids

We advocate for our children, our neighbors’ children, and all students across Providence.

 

Anti-Racism

We reject an educational system that fails children of color and commit to confronting bias in our own work.

Learning First

We believe all children can learn at the highest levels. Their futures depend on their academic achievement. That’s what school is for, and that’s what we focus on.

 

Urgency

We act now, and demand our leaders do too, because children can’t continue to wait for perfect solutions.




 
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2019 Policy Platform

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Equitable Funding

Increased school funding that accounts for the needs and assets of multi-lingual learners and newcomers

Cultural responsiveness

Anti-racist classrooms, with a faculty that is increasingly diverse and universally trained to recognize, denounce, and resist the forces of racism and implicit bias

Curriculum and Content

Guaranteed access to highly-rated, grade level curriculum for students, and a long-term commitment to the Common Core State Standards and RICAS so the goal posts don’t keep moving

instructional time

More high quality instructional time that includes students and teachers in the classroom every day

College and Career Advising

Equitable college & career advising that sets a standard of excellence and communicates to all children that their education is meaningful and their futures full of possibility

 
Providence Parents Demand More
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All families should feel confident their public schools are worthy of educating their children. We are no longer taking that as a matter of trust.
— Andrea Mazie and Ramona Santos, Providence Journal 2.12.19
 
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Get Involved

Join ProvParents. Learn more about educational outcomes for students in Providence. Access resources to advocate for policy changes. Come to a parent meeting. Do something - the kids can’t wait any longer.

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