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Re: “UR envisions smaller, more robust East High

The proposal will be approved and get everything it wants but there be obstacles because the proposal calls for millions in additional resources and funding. Other schools and programs are going to be cut. Additionally, the unions may appear to like all of this but the charter school-like autonomy has to frighten them. I can’t see the Superintendent and his staff embracing it either. It is too expensive and self-contained. Regardless, this will move forward. The university has incredible political clout. The proposal partners include organizations whose leaders and Board of Directors are part of a web of influence that runs from City Hall all the way to Albany. They all know this will be a grant pot of gold.

Unfortunately, this essentially replaces one bureaucracy with another. It may be a new kitchen but there are still too many cooks. An essential question is why many of the proposed outcomes are so low. In some cases these must be raised, especially given the amount of money being spent. After four years, anticipated passing rates for grades 7 and 8 in ELA and math are around 20%. Really? Only one of five students will be passing after all of this? That has to be questioned. In the end expect Commissioner King to give the Board President White and the U of R a Christmas gift. He is leaving so the timing is perfect.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 12/11/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Feedback 12/10

Discrimination and Harassment

46 years ago I got out of the Navy and grew a beard. I didn't know that I was “protesting” anything. I just want to grow a beard. I went from being a Navy Petty Officer to being a draft dodging“Hippie” that companies wouldn't hire because of a beard. Was it legal to turn me away because I wasn't clean shaven, I doubt it but it happened.

When I drove my car I could expect to get stopped for no obvious reason and treated as though I'd done something wrong. Did it bother me? Of course it did! Did I get mouthy? No, I knew it would go badly.

Discrimination and harassment is not new just the targeted people change. I was a 20s white Veteran with a beard that all of a sudden was an acceptable target. I learned to adjust to the BS and over time beards became acceptable so I was no longer a target but I didn't forget.

I can never tell a Black person that “I know how you feel” because I never will. I can only say “Don't let it own you”. D&H come from ignorance and fear. Conquer it with tenacity, education and strength. I still wear a beard!

Dick Anderson Nam Vet

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Posted by Borderdoc on 12/10/2014 at 7:58 PM

Re: “LDC scandal may have a small silver lining

Agreed. Also, the county took over the duties from a subcontractor after four key players in the LDC's were hit with criminal charges, as the article said. Had this been done when the LDC's were set up originally, they wouldn't have been able to be originally set up in the first place. Someone should analyze the legality of this setup.

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Posted by MyBelief on 12/08/2014 at 8:39 AM

Re: “LDC scandal may have a small silver lining

This whole mess is complicated AND very expensive. So, the county overpaid by $140,000 and now wants the money back. It's a bit of a stretch to reframe this as a savings for taxpayers. The overpayment was a HECK of a lot more. If there is nothing to hide, then why not provide Carrie Andrews with ALL the details?

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 12/05/2014 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Teachout takes on the Hedge Funders over education

New York State United Teachers - the state teacher's union - has been shelling out millions of dollars every year to lobby lawmakers. In fact, it's news when NYSUT is NOT the biggest spending lobbyist as City Newspaper itself covered in October when the "No More Casinos Coalition" actually edged out NYSUT. To hear Teachout complaining about a bunch of hedge fund managers playing the same game that NYSUT has mastered is pathetic. If these hedge funders want to spend big money to influence lawmakers, join the crowd. Maybe they can hire a few ex-NYSUT veterans to show them how it is done.

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Posted by Animule on 12/05/2014 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Teachout takes on the Hedge Funders over education

Awesome article Tim. Our children have not benefitted from NCLB or RTTT. Who was the money really for?

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 12/04/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Teachout takes on the Hedge Funders over education

YESSSS! Follow the money and expose the problem. I had to see one of my past students on the news recently for committing a serious crime. Now I'm obsessed with the what ifs. He struggled in school, but was so talented. Did we prepare him for the world? Did we give him the opportunities to celebrate his unique talents? He will have to pay for his actions. With that said, who did this race to the top money benefit? We should've use that money to enroll more of our students in Boces- or other programs that fit our students so that they could do something with their lives. We need to support Teachout in doing this. We cannot afford not to.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 12/04/2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “DINING: The edible gift guide

Ganondagan's three Iroquois White Corn products and merchandise -- http://www.ganondagan.org/iwcp/shop. Same heirloom, nutritious, non-GMO, and gluten-free food that sustained the Haudenosaunee people for at least 1,400 years. Also available at Harts, Red Bird Market, Lori's, Abundance Co-op, select Wegmans, and other retail locations.

And at the December 6 Iroquois White Corn Project Open House and Cook-Off contest from 11-3. http://www.ganondagan.org/HolidayOpenHouse. 7191 County Rd. 41 at School Rd., Victor, NY.

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Posted by CityRdr on 12/04/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Projection and perception

Nice article about a talented artist.

Posted by Carol Peterson on 12/04/2014 at 12:20 AM

Re: “Right of refusal

Why not just require an exterior inspection? If a tenant doesn't want an inspector to enter, then that's his or her right. As an alternative, the tenant should be allowed to use a smartphone to take and email photos. Carla Palumbo, needs to understand that tenants are better served when they freely participate in the process and when their rights aren't being stripped away from them.

The inspections occur every six years. So, fortunately city dwellers don't have to get their rights trampled on very often.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 12/03/2014 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Racism, separateness, and the Ferguson decision

I am confused. Which of Johnson's stories does Towler find credible (see attached link)? This guy lied every time he opened his mouth. The claims of racism ring hollow as well. The left simply does not like the outcome of the grand jury proceeding. Now that a GJ in NYc has also cleared a cop in a killing, perhaps the rioters will move on to the new story. They are welcome too take Warren with them.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/02/why-michael-browns-best-friends-story-is-incredible/

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Posted by Luxembourg on 12/03/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Right of refusal

I live in a very nice apartment that is well maintained, for the most part, by my landlord. We recently had a city inspector come through and he found a few code violations with smoke detectors (not in the proper locations), lack of carbon monoxide detectors (which I didn't know was required), and a broken porch step (which I had been nagging my landlord for months to fix). I'm happy the inspector caught the violations and that my landlord quickly addressed them.

As for the argument as to why renters are subject to inspections when homeowners are not, it's simple. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the maintenance of your property. If you want to let it fall into disrepair and squalor, that's your business and you are the one who will suffer the financial consequences. As a renter, my landlord is responsible for the maintenance of the property. If the landlord lets the property fall into disrepair, it is the tenant who suffers, often with little support to get the landlord to take action. I see inspections as protection for the tenant. Waivers are a bad idea.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 12/03/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “ALBUM REVIEW: "Raindrop: Improvisations With Chopin"

Thanks, Ron, for the great review!

Posted by Deanna Witkowski on 12/03/2014 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Does anyone hold the SED and the Regents accountable?

The Department of Education is disconnected and overwhelmed like everyone associated with education seems to be. They know very little about what local charter schools look like from day to day. When was the last time anyone from Albany dropped in and did a surprise inspection? The charters here break certain obligations and promises all the time. Some more than others. All one has to do is look at the enrollment numbers to see how haphazard oversight is. Local charters are required to stay at a certain enrollment number but some often go over this number to get additional revenue. Additionally, they are all required to enroll a certain number of special education and ELL students but almost none do.

Everyone needs to remember that SED (The State Education Department) and the "Regents" are the same people that oversee the Rochester City School District and they have allowed its failures to continue for thirty years. Accountability in education fails across the board.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 12/03/2014 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Contaminated houses coming down

charlotte project has hazardous materials and the city officals are sweeping it under the rug.. we are having a meeting at the robach center thursday dec 4 at 7pm .. about the materials found and why no local developer will touch it.. who is gettng paid off here.. wait till these condos sink.

Posted by Lorraine Parzuski on 12/02/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Democrat and Chronicle newsroom changes begin, with some losses

D&C announcements such as this are always shortly followed by a substantial subscription rate hike. What'll it be this time? 10%? 20%? 30%?

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Posted by Ed Francis on 12/02/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “What happened to HIV prevention?

As an NP who cares for hundreds of HIV + and negative gay and bisexual men, I would say that the biggest reason that the HIV epidemic is not under better control in the US is that the health care system has dealt with prevention as a behavioral issue and change is very difficult to apply to something like sexual behaviors. Those strategies will work for disciplined people who do not have sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Now there is finally a medical way for people to prevent acquiring HIV, by taking one pill a day (which still requires some disciplined behavior) but the number of health care providers telling their patients about it is miniscule. "Chemical prevention" works for measles, mumps, polio, hepatitis, HPV....even pregnancy. We in health care should treat HIV prevention as we do many other conditions.

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Posted by Theresa Schwartz on 12/01/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

If people are so dissatisfied with the police of this community then get out and off your butts to vote for new, city council members and a new mayor as well as a new district attorney in 2015. Why was it that in 2014 voters of Caucasian decent outnumbered all other races : Black, Cuban, Dominican at the polls ? Ferguson is 67% black but more whites voted than any other race. If....after all that has happened in Ferguson and beyond black voters do not come out to the polls and outnumber voters 2 or 3 to one then this will tell me that rioting, burning, looting are more important than voting.

If folks want change then do it at the polls in a legal manner and present your case to the new Mayor and City Council that appoint the Chief of Police. In Rochester, by the way, the Police Chief is appointed by City Council and the Police force works for the Mayor. There is a union that intercedes on behalf of Rank and File Patrolmen.


Get it right at least once Ferguson...go vote and make the changes happen if things are so bad; develop neighbor hood organizations; elect judges that will apply proper sentencing; help the police and develop relationships that are constructive so you businesses succeed and so that your neighborhoods are safe. Nothing is perfect but this would be a good start. Make sure that African American Police Officers are hired and rise to the ranks of policy control. But then again...who wants to be murdered for a salary or $45,000 a year.

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Posted by crm135790 on 12/01/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Immigration plan's winners and losers

During the depression. People came here llegaly. I repeat llegaly. An had a hard time. Being called not so nice names. And now people come here from god knows.where.and they demand citizenship. Do it llegaly end of story.

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Posted by Robert Snipes on 12/01/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Theater Review: "West Side Story" at Kodak Center

If this production is based on the last Broadway revival, then the Spanish translations were done by Lin-Manuel Miranda, author of "In the Heights."

Posted by Karen Pfeiffer Jones on 11/30/2014 at 5:59 PM

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