I seriously wonder how the RCSD sleeps at night. The ICOT model being eliminated by the district for the CT model REDUCES services to children. ITS a MONEY grab to cut 100 Special Education
Teachers! ICOT provides direct support for a kid in a REGULAR class 5 periods a day! The new and improved CT model that the district wants to sell will barely provide direct services 2 times a day and thats it! Follow the money and you will get answers my dear reporter!
Glen, it is pure BS. Most special ed teachers don't even know what the hell a consultant teacher does. Basically you ( non direct CT) runs around and asks students teachers how they are doing in said student classes. The teacher will have to juggle his/her time to meet with the core teacher. Direct(CT) means that the teacher "checks" in with the student. The teacher may have to push into multiple classes during the same period- depending on his/her schedule. It's a way to cut cost, and I am tired of how the RCSD continues to short change our kids. A teacher with no background in chemistry may be responsible in helping your child in chemistry. Excuse me, what the hell is this. Please read: I could barely skim this informercial set 'em up "article" give them garbage and dress it up in silk. How can I, a teacher who wants to give my kids what they need under this rubbish? Why do they take away what our kids desperately need time and time again? What about the older kids who were cheated out of learning how to read when they were younger? Only experienced reading teacher are able to supply these kids with intensive reading instruction that is, yes expensive, but works. Disgraceful. I wish parents would get radical and DEMAND that these educators wake up. Do a one day keep your kid home to make the point clear. Apparently the district looses money when a kid is absent. Maybe they will pay attention. It's beyond heartbreaking to see these kids, with so much faux bravado be so fearful of words. Meanwhile the board decides to give themselves a generous paycheck, when most school boards don't. CO should be a ghost town, if we can't afford to teach ALL students how to read. Deplorable.
This is pretty awesome, with how the city is formulating more concrete plans toward a more livable city; especially more awesome if the city rolls forth with such plans and keeps on going forth. I've already transitioned to the world of electric bicycles and electric motorcycles, and have my gasoline automobile parked (a goal: the Tesla III). I love being able to walk & bike around to live out my life instead of being stuck in an anger-inducing automobile. My like-aged friends aren't fond of using cars to live out their lives, as well.
Also, as a college teacher, I very clearly perceive this as being the sort of thing Rochester SHOULD be doing to stay viable as an attractive place to live for our emerging, working generation.
"Consultant teaching is also more flexible and uses teachers who are specialized in the subject matter in which the student needs help." I call BS to that statement. Special Education teachers are put all over the place, even in subject areas the teacher is not proficient enough to even help students. This district does not take into account teacher strengths (especially Special Education!) and puts us wherever there is "a hole to fill." The HR dept. at Central Office would have been out of a job a long time ago if this were the private sector!!!!
The big energy advantage Rochester has over its suburban neighbors is its relaxed policy on snow and leaf removal. Perhaps this is by default, but the nominal savings in capital, labor and health cost cannot be overstated. City residents get a chance to rake their own leaves and shovel their own walks all the while getting healthier for the exercise it provides them. Meanwhile the environment is cleaner, healthier and less noisy.
Cool Rochester (http://www.CoolRochester.org) had hoped our partnership with the City several years ago would have gotten them off the dime, but it takes a lot to start up a freight train I guess. Good points per usual, Frank!
The City of Rochester, NY starts to put together a Climate Action Plan. It’s very milquetoast but it’s a start.
It seems to be the City’s goal to quietly address Climate Change with the ‘no regrets’ strategy, which is to say actions that can be justified economically, socially, and environmentally whether Climate Change is real or not. This is not leadership; this is hedging your bets politically.
Although the City is doing many things on the climate front, few know about these efforts.
Number one on the Climate Action Plan should be ‘community engagement’. That is not happening. Even the City’s bicycle projects (bikeROCHESTER http://www.cityofrochester.gov/bikerochest…), which is fantastic effort and constitutes one of the City’s strongest adaptation strategies (as 27% of greenhouse gas emission come from the transportation sector) ‘Climate Change’ or even ‘greenhouse gases’ are not mentioned.
You cannot lead by quietly setting an example that nobody knows about.
You lead by continually educating the public so that they will understand the threat, by updating our various infrastructures so that will be resilient and robust enough to tolerate more frequent extreme weather, and by asking the public to become engaged in viewing and acting on all our local issues through the lens of Climate Change—election year after election year.
More on Climate Change in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/weather&cl…
Everything is safe when something promises money and jobs.
Something worth mentioning AGAIN here is the abject HYPOCRISY exhibited by Yvonne Taylor and the "Business Coalition" Wineries as the try to deprive others of LPG, yet use it freely and depend on it themselves. For the proof in pictures see these two articles:
The 26 Mythical Constructs of Gas Free Seneca are covered in this 4-part series ending here (with links to the first 3 parts):
And as to how well THE ITHACANS are received in Watkins Glen:
And to find out about the already 29-OTHER ENERGY STORAGE FACILITIES IN UPSTATE see the NYS DEC Map in:
GET EDUCATED and you won't fall for the idiots preaching "Gloom and Doom" on their soapboxes!
Anyone who thinks the Gas Free Seneca site gives "independent" information is a horrible fool!! They are bought and paid for with Park Foundation money, via the Sustainable Markets Foundation to launder it. Also Rockefeller and Heinz Foundations -- John Kerry's fool wife. The Rockefellers want to keep the land cheap -- until they've bought it all up, then sell at a tremendous profit after fracking is finally allowed in some future decade. The 'left' is trying to steal private property rights -- an old Communist/Socialist/Progressive trick. The people living around the project are all for it. NONE have been arrested as the fools from Ithaca have been -- 180 now.
Quietly, and with little fanfare, local media bakes Climate Change into environmental articles—as they should. If the public is not continually informed of the changes that Climate Change is having locally, they’re going to continue to think Climate Change is a political issue. We cannot possible plan for our future if our local reporters don’t consider Climate Change in the present and in the future.
“Shifts in precipitation patterns, brought on by climate change, also play a role in the erosion. Overall, the amount of precipitation that the Rochester area gets hasn't changed much, but more frequently it's coming in heavy bursts. And those downpours tend to be more intense than in the past. "On an observation basis, I think we've seen more what we call flashy storms, where the water rises very quickly within the creek, within the parks, more so than in the past," says Monroe County's Rinaldo.”
More on Climate Change in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/weather&cl…
"The company says that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wouldn't have signed off on the natural gas storage project if it wasn't safe."
Are there any rational people left who believe this type of statement? Our government told us Hanford, Rocky Flats and Love Canal were all "safe".
Expanding on this great article a little, the fight to preserve our Western New York State environment should not simply be characterized as one industry vs. another.
As Roland Micklem (86), stated at the "We Are Seneca Lake Pre-Arraignment Press Conference at the Town of Reading Court, November 5, 2014", and I transcribe a portion: “…this action that we are doing is far more than trying to protect Seneca Lake. The actions we are taking now has cosmic implications. I look upon what we’re doing is the action to help save perhaps the only planet in the Milky Way galaxy that supports life. I want you to really think about that. This is much, much bigger than our local battle here to save Seneca Lake. Climate Change is now pretty well accepted by the world scientific establishment, and it seems like in this country is the only place in the world where there are still naysayers. And this is something that will sure do us in unless we take very strong and meaningful action. So if I’m going to jail, I look upon it as going to jail to save the planet….” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeh_Hcqs_H…
That was a cold, cold evening listening to the speakers speak, but Roland’s talk warmed me up. We are all part of something very big going on at this time in history and we need to continually connect the dots.
I've noticed that Greg Weycamp is nowhere to be found. Oh yeah; He's not from here. If he was, he'd be doing some of the project management for the city. Is Edgewater concerned that the bedrock may be too deep to anchor a high-rise?
If Greg Weycamp wants a marina, then shouldn't he at least be here helping build one? It was a BIG mistake to hire an out-of-town developer for the port. Weycamp makes grand promises for Rochester's port and then flies back to Chicago to balance the books.
After failing miserably with his Less-Than-Fast-Ferry and losing tens of millions of tax dollars in the process, Bill Johnson was hired as a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy by RIT. Perhaps Ms. Warren believes that a similar failure on her part with the marina will yield a similar result.
Thanks for your comment and for bringing the matter of the websites to light. That's a fair point and this morning I added the links into the story.
Went to the bidders conference, Tuesday afternoon. One of the bidders asked the obvious question, "How come Pike and the City split?" Basically the City staff had this blank stare, but no information. When it came to comments about how to finish the job of opening the marina to the river, The city staff was again not helpful in their comments, "We would rather leave it to you the contractors to figure/decide how to best do the job." This leaves the contractors on the hook, if something goes wrong, even if Pike realized the issues and shared them with the city when they parted. I personally asked two questions. First why did the City focus on listing a series of five 1982 test boring points as the best of their research see "Subsurface Investigation Summary Package", they offered no answer. This report would appear to take the focus away from the reality that bedrock in many areas is 100 feet or more and is supported by newer boring tests by Hadley and Aldrich. See the Predevelopment Subsurface Conditions Analysis investigation Report pages 301 to 391. I believe there is a serious risk in opening the marina to the river causing the river to erode the marina area via the flow of the river. Second question was "Why did someone doctor Figure 3 of the Environmental Management Plan showing the overview of the boring and test pit sites to make it look like many more tests were done". The answer was the it was not doctored. I had in my possession at the meeting, copies of the figures blown up proving my claim. This again would lead someone to believe plenty of test borings had been done. One can compare that diagram to the one on page 256 of the Predevelopment Subsurface Conditions Analysis investigation report and see a drastic difference in the number of test points. Likewise if you have a good enough copy of Figure 3 that you can blow the image up, you see the same label for test sites used multiple times to clutter the document. Again, the City engineer denied any changes have been made as to "doctor" the document. I have requested a better copy of the document from Labella to allow them prove their point.
I will be the first to agree that most of the information provided seems very complete and helpful, but why did the City/Labella not provide good information which they had in regards to the boring tests on these documents makes no sense.
To not provide all the known information about why Pike walked away is at best not allowing good contractors to know what the problems are. If I were any of them, I would walk away due to the unknowns and the risk.
Thank you for covering this vital issue. As the commenter stated above, for more independent, non-industry influenced information, please go to:
An entire region, drinking water for 100,000 people, and a $4.8 billion dollar -and growing- agri-tourism industry are depending on you to learn the facts and get involved. The Finger Lakes stands to assume all of the risk with no reward, just to line the pockets of Texas-based Crestwood Midstream.
Not on our watch.
I was pleased to see a article on Crestwood's fuel projects. More people should be informed! I was very disappointed that the article gave (twice) the website for the supporters of Crestwood and did not give the website for the ones who opose.
Please check out these websites if you would like to know more (non-corporate) information of why people oppose Crestwoods operations.
A year or two after the fast ferry disaster, the town of Irondequoit was toying with the idea of building a 200 slip marina on the bay. There was no business plan - no proof or even a hint that there was demand for another marina. I visited the town hall and asked to see any research which supported the need for the project. They foolishly referred me to the Army Corps of Engineers, an agency which doesn't get involved with evaluating business viability.
At one point, a reliable source explained to me that a construction company was owed a favor by a town board member, and in fact, there WAS no sound reason for a new marina. The idea quietly faded away.
Is there actually enough demand to support the marina described in this article? Does anyone know, or even care?
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