Many students and parents at Cranston High School West , the school once attended by Jessica Ahlquist, were shocked last week to find that the school is nixing the math team, the Academic Decathlon team, and the National Ocean Science Bowl team.
When a handful of people got angry, one of the members of the school committee, Janice Ruggieri, explained why these clubs no longer exist.
I know for a fact that this decision blind-sided the students from these teams. If that funding has been running out for years and the school didn’t want to lose these teams, why did they do nothing? I mean, it’s not like any competent administration could be caught off guard by a situation that was developing for several years, to quote Mrs. Ruggieri. Forgive me if “Yeah, that money’s been running out for several years and we forgot to tell you, but if you can scramble to raise $2500 you can keep your clubs” doesn’t exactly convey a tremendous amount of sorrow. The whole thing screams “lack of forethought” to such a degree that the administrators of the school must be either incompetent, apathetic, or dishonest. In any case, there’s no way they get to wiggle out of a demerit on this one.
And to the citizens of Cranston who wanted to piss away more educational dollars to lose in court on principal, over a banner that contributed nothing to the education of those students, where is your outrage now that science education is about to suffer at CHSW? When you value religion so greatly over knowledge, you stand as a testament to how religion hamstrings human improvement.