It’s certainly been an interesting couple of weeks in the world of South Kingstown schools. From Fox News to the AFL-CIO, we were reminded that education these days is unfortunately much more complicated than just teaching and learning. In our town, education seems to be the epicenter of political polarization. This isn’t overly surprising as education carries the largest price tag for local governments. As the cost of living, especially in a beautiful seaside town, increases dramatically, people naturally seek avenues to relieve the financial burden. Fiscal battles are natural and this political back and forth is at the heart…


Let’s be frank. Teaching at the elementary level was really, really, difficult prior to March 2020. When many of us attended grades K-5, or very likely K-6 back then, play and discovery were central to a basic education that would appropriately ramp up in the middle levels. Over the last two decades, these early years for our children have been re-scripted with “rigorous” curriculum standards, data days, “running records”, personal learning plans, and state mandated common assessments. Accountability and metrics of growth have become the norm starting with kindergartners. …


Why Good People Who Value Education Are Confused About the Need for $1.1 Million

My preference is to avoid joining the public conversation because I find it stressful and unnerving to express opinions that inevitably fall victim to the bias-laden world that is Facebook and its social media cousins, but there seems to be a need for greater context in this case. If you’re new to the conversation, there is no doubt that there are two passionate corners in this debate about the town’s budget and educational spending. There are some that oppose the current budget who ask legitimate questions and as an educator in town, I think it’s more than appropriate that taxpayers…

Mick Lefort

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