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Re: “Bike share closer?

Well, the meeting is today. I can't make it because I work evenings/nights. I hope someone from City Newspaper will be there.

I love outdoor exercise and think it must be encouraged. However, there are some concerns. How much is the initial start-up cost and who will pay for it? Who will benefit most? Poorer working city residents or professionals who might not even live in the city.

Maybe I'm just a naysayer, but I'm skeptical. I think young urbanites will save money and have a blast tooling around downtown. At the same time, I suspect, some residents of the poorer neighborhoods will still be walking and wishing.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 01/28/2015 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Moms mobilize against climate change

This is awesome, and serves to address the clear widespread disconnect between American mothers and their children's futures. Too many American mothers go about their lives, being aware of climate change, yet continuing about their lives with habits that contribute directly to it. They want the world of their children and grandchildren to be, well, stable and livable. Very glad to see this sort of thing growing.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 01/28/2015 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Bike share closer?

Why not just have RTS operate it?

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Posted by MrRoc on 01/28/2015 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

I found this article a total propaganda piece. This is clearly an attempt by the RCSD to get ahead of all of the bad publicity this is going to cause. Prediction: this is going to be a total train wreck for every student affected. Not only do the current ICOT classrooms help support learning for ALL students, but they help control behaviors which lead to students being sent to an in school suspension room or suspended from school (which we don't do no matter how severe the offense). Both general education and special education students benefit from an ICOT classroom in many, many ways. Many elementary students with special needs require support throughout he whole school day in order to be successful. With the move away from ICOT where (in a good classroom) the teachers work collaboratively to make all student feel successful and make gains in the classroom, student with special needs will now have less support, which can only lead to less success. Parents are also going to be railroaded in this process, as every child's IEP will now need to be changed to reflect this REDUCTION IN SUPPORT.
Oh, and for the record, at our building we were told by our CASE worker that this was "solely a financial decision by the district" and a "long term money solution for our Special Education Department". So.... there's the truth, what we are being told, and what the RCSD is telling the public. Which one of those fits this article?

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Posted by WWTSD? on 01/27/2015 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Shelly Silver's sweet gig

Unfortunately Mary Anna I wish I could share your professed innocence. This is the same body (the Legislature) that are looking to raise their pay from $79,500+per diems for "living expenses" in Albany ranging from $71 to $165 per night, no questions asked, no need to produce receipts or evidence that they actually were in Albany. Many of them get stipends of thousands of dollars for chairing committees that seldom actually meet. Instead the chair of the committee gets proxies from all the majority members and the ranking member gets proxies from all the minority ranking members, they record the "votes" and the bill is given to the Speaker or Senate majority leader's office to work out with the other house and the Governor. The only reason we know the per diem game is going on, is because an FBI investigation caught Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland arranging from bribes from them, then turning around and charging the Assembly for having supposedly been in Albany when he was in New York City meeting with the FBI. The average income in NY, by the way, is $51,126. Also by the way, the State Legislature is supposed to be "part time".
Joe Bruno, a so-called "small government" Republican spent over thirty years taking a very nice government salary from the taxpayers and is now demanding that we give him $2.4 million to cover his legal bills from having been tried for corruption. I don't know from what rock you crawled out of as pure as the white snow but I am not surprised or shocked in the slightest bit. The people of this state are as dumb as the politicians they elect to office if not dumber. They can talk about smaller government and less tax money spent all they want except it seems when it's THEIR project or THEIR senator who's been there since most of them were in grade school. Then that person's as good as gold, trying to "fight" against the Democrats' incompetence or the Republicans' tyranny or what have you. Spare me. If people are dumb enough to elect the same people over year in and year out for 20 or 30 years, allowing them to pull down private no-show "income" from other sources, they deserve what they get.
No different here in Monroe County. Cheryl DiNolfo will claim to be "fighting" against "government" "waste" and "abuse". She's been County Clerk for a decade, taking over $800,000 in governmental salary in that decade. She's not going to trim the government, she IS the government. By the way, average income in Monroe County was $43,894 in 2011. Brooks hasn't saved taxpayers a dime, despite her profession to do everything for "the taxpayers", whoever they are. Rather she and her husband have made themselves public sector millionaires over her career. She hasn't worked in the private sector in 20 years.

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Posted by bj911 on 01/27/2015 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

From the time Mr Suriano started to work there, the minority of people who speak a second language fought against the IEPs not being complied with. We have told Vargas our concerns as well. Albany has come through to us to work in stopping the corruption, that is still ongoing. The suspensions are ongoing every day.

Posted by Ana Casserly on 01/26/2015 at 7:46 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Assembly Speaker Silver arrested, faces corruption charges

The members of the NY legislature are allowed to miss work for sick days and snow days, but the entire NY Assembly session was cancelled for Sheldon Silver's Arrest Day. I hope the legislators don't expect to be paid for that time off. And as the work of the Assembly needs to get done, Sheldon Silver needs to resign as speaker so that there are no further interruptions. Yes, he is innocent until proven guilty, blah, blah, blah but the whole state can't be put on hold while Silver deals with his problems. He can remain in the Assembly until he is cleared or convicted.
Now would be a great time to enact real anti-corruption legislation. I don't mean passing Cuomo's ridiculous plan to use taxpayer funds for political campaigns; there is no evidence that this would end corruption and there have been no NY political scandals attributed to campaign contributions. NY needs to enact term limits, pass legislation to allow voter recall of office holders and enact criminal and financial background checks of political candidates. It would also be a good time to eliminate the 'three men in a room' budget farce.

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Posted by Bart on 01/26/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Cost concerns about renovating School No. 16

The school board needs to also look at the neighborhoods in the north east that will be losing three (THREE!) schools: #6, #22, and #36 are all recommended for closing, leaving a major hole in the community. No. 6 is being used for swing space, but will ultimately close. School 22 will relocate blocks east to Franklin (permanently) leaving a vacant building on Zimbrich Street, and School 36, the oldest school building in the district is recommended for closing in the last report that I saw. And, while newly updated or newly built schools may be helpful to students and teachers, the administration and management of the building and the engagement of all staff and parents are better determinants of a successful school than the architecture or age of the building.

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Posted by Joan Roby-Davison on 01/26/2015 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Cuomo flip-flops on legislation to protect teachers

Crickets

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 01/24/2015 at 12:51 AM

Re: “DiNapoli's report on school safety raises serious questions

Attention teachers: please post what really goes on in our schools. We need to start getting real conversations going. We can't wait for the union, or the media to expose the truth. This is not a fit for tat. There is no vehicle that is getting real, authentic info out to our community.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 01/24/2015 at 12:48 AM

Re: “DiNapoli's report on school safety raises serious questions

The principals do not want their schools to look unsafe so they report nothing. Pay attention, that wasn't complex reading folks. Now let's see if any journalist in this city do a watch dog report about that?

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 01/24/2015 at 12:44 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Former Police Chief James Sheppard to run for County Legislature

Jim Sheppard knows the City of Rochester very, very well indeed. Jim would be a welcome addition to City Council. He is "straight-up" and a "stand-up" person with a great sense of humor. His training in criminal justice and his tenure as Rochester Police Chief will go a long way in helping to turn around the City Of Rochester and make it a better place to live and work..

Craig Robert Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 01/23/2015 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

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!

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Posted by Dave Wurz on 01/23/2015 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Dinolfo is running for county executive

Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo will make a great County Executive if she stands by her promise of eliminating Land Development Corporations ( LDC'S); and, if she starts talking in a very serious manner concerning COMIDA Tax Breaks and their impact on the area... Go for it Cheryl...and when you do get elected make us proud again and find as many ways as possible to work with the City of Rochester in teamwork and financial support. Collective team work should work both ways too. So I would ask that Lovely Warren and City Council do the same by working with the County of Monroe.

Craig Robert Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 01/22/2015 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

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.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 01/22/2015 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Cuomo to teachers: Who are we kidding?

Sweet baby Jesus save us

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Posted by Bridget Herod on 01/22/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Feedback 1/21

Wow Gil French - saw your gratuitous dig at Catholics. If such ignorant bigotry was directed at, say, African Americans or gays, I wonder if City would have printed your letter?

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Posted by Ron Legest on 01/22/2015 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

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.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 01/22/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “The stakes are high for scrambling local Dems

Christine,
Primaries are healthy. It allows the people to choose their party's candidate, not the leaders of districts who do not reflect the make up of the area they claim to represent.
Like the Northwest Democrats.

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 01/22/2015 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

"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!!!!

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Posted by Glenn Long on 01/22/2015 at 1:12 PM

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