Nov 29, 2011

Contracting Technology in Education

The Special Education Information System in NYC is getting a lot of slack for failing to live up to the promise and cost. This stirs up some thoughts on government contracting and large IT projects from my experiences at the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Nov 28, 2011

Is Diane Ravitch a reliable historian?

In which I speak mostly out of turn on the reliability of Diane Ravitch on the heels of a story in The New Republic.

Nov 06, 2011

Why isn’t the Core Connector using Westminster with full RoW?

I love that Providence is pursuing a streetcar. There are really just two things I don’t understand about the Core Connector‘s proposal. I’m going to tackle one in this post.

Why is the entire streetcar route shared with general traffic with no dedicated right-of-way? Truthfully, this isn ...

Oct 16, 2011

GoLocalProv — Bad at Math

A local news webpage makes a sloppy mistake.

Oct 15, 2011

TEA Party and Occupy Wall Street

I wondered to myself If I could explain these two movements in a few sentences. Is this fair?

The Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party movement is a response to two large government spending packages, the “bailout” and the “stimulus” package. These people felt that it was inappropriate for the government ...