Newport School Superintendent Colleen Burns Jermain joins What’s Up Newp for her regularly scheduled monthly live virtual video interview on Wednesday, November 3 at 1:30 pm.

Note – This conversation was originally scheduled for October 27 but has been rescheduled due to power outages.

We’ll discuss the latest with COVID, her expectations with the prospect that children from five to eleven will soon be eligible for COVID vaccinations. We’ll also talk about the status of school construction, and the pressures that teachers and administrators feel from a growing movement for parents to be more involved in developing school curriculum.

Across the country, some parents have protested what they claim to be schools’ teaching Critical Race Theory, as a way of protesting the teaching of racial history in America. School officials across the country have denied teaching CRT, which is sometimes taught in higher education.

The protests have surfaced in towns in Rhode Island, in the Virginia gubernatorial race, and a school district in Texas, where there have been efforts to teach alternative theories about the Holocaust.

Watch our conversation live below or anytime afterward. Have a question for the superintendent? Email it to

Frank Prosnitz

Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.