The Rhode Island Educational Mission
The quality of our schools and the availability of affordable health care continue to be two of the most talked about issues in our state. And these issues are at the cornerstone of the RIFTHP. The Federation is a diverse organization, representing more than 10,000 members who work as teachers, nurses and other health professionals, school related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, and state and municipal employees.
AFT Legislative Action Center
Enables you to send a fax or e-mail directly to your elected leaders on key issues and allows you easy access to your representative's and senator's voting record. You can also find your congressional representative using your Zip code, view congressional schedules and get the latest information on issues that affect your workplace.
AFT National Web Site
Link to the national AFT home page
RI Department of Education Website
The official website of the RI Department of Education including access to the archive of Commissioner of Education Title 16 Decisions issued between 1991 and 1999. Click here for the Legislative and Legal page.
Rhode Island Education Exchange
A public service web site sponsored by URI's National Center on Public Education, the site provides parents, teachers, and students the opportunity to participate in a variety of interactive communications capabilities for the improvement of Rhode Island's schools.
AFL-CIO Union Label and Service Trades Department
Link to the AFL-CIO "Do Not Buy" List
Rhode Island Department of Health
RIDH Web site for health regulations, licensing information, fees, etc.
Institute for Labor Studies and Research
The ISLR is committed to providing educational opportunities that:
* Respect workers' knowledge, skills, and diversity;
* Achieve a greater measure of democracy in the workplace;
* Affirm the dignity of all workers.
RI Employees Retirement System
Rules and Regulations for the ERSRI
EPA Indoor Air Quality in Schools
EPA Indoor Air Quality in Schools web site
My website is dianeravitch.com.
I am a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University.
I was born in Houston, Texas, attended the Houston public schools from kindergarten through high school, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1960. I received my Ph.D. in the history of American education in 1975.
I am the mother of two sons. They went to private schools in New York City. I have four grandsons: two went to religious schools, the third goes to public school in New York City, and the fourth will go to the same wonderful public school in Brooklyn.
I live in Brooklyn, New York.
85% of Teachers Believe Her Contract Should Not Be RenewedProvidence, R.I. - An independent survey of Rhode Island’s public school classroom teachers today offered a stinging indictment of the leadership of Deborah Gist as the state’s Education Commissioner. The survey, conducted by Fleming and Associates from April 22 to April 24, consisted of a telephone survey of 402 randomly selected Rhode Island public school teachers. The entire survey is attached.
Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals President Frank Flynn stated, “For too long Commissioner Gist has spoken of her support among classroom teachers. We decided to put that notion to an independent test. This survey found that she is not supported by classroom teachers. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that her leadership is almost universally rejected.”
The survey highlights speak for themselves:
- 82% of RI’s classroom teachers feel less respected today than they did when Commissioner Gist started a few years ago.
- Commissioner Gist’s highly touted Race To The Top initiative has been nothing short of a disaster for RI education. Classroom teachers, in overwhelming numbers, felt it was somewhat ineffective 22%) or a waste of money (60%).
- Teacher morale is abysmal under Commissioner Gist. Classroom teachers, at the rate of 68%, thought morale was poor, and 22% just fair. A remarkable 88% of teachers feel morale is unacceptable in RI schools today.