We've added the link, Monique. And here it is, too: https://getschooled.com/attendance-counts/…
Thanks for the suggestion!
It would be great if a link to the JHU study was provided.
Good points: Eastman House, Susan B. Anthony House, RMSC, easy commute except in winter, festivals from January to December, excellent suburban schools, relatively low cost of living. Negative points: Winters can be a nightmare b/c no one closes down until the blizzard's in full force, concentrated poverty, violent crime in the city, ungovernable central school district, inept, corrupt and clueless political and civic leaders, lack of good jobs, crumbling infrastructure.
The city schools will never be saved as long as the power that controls them remains so entrenched and the foundations of this power remain. If Vargas was serious about colleges "owning" schools he would be promoting charter take-overs of some kind. He is really advocating for college operation and this outsourcing approach will do more harm than good. You don't fix a car with an engine problem by allowing a doll-up specialist to work on the paint or the tire trim. Mechanics need to take it apart and put it back together. Central office and the unions would never allow for this.
Colleges do not want to get their hands covered with oil and grease. They do not want to take real ownership and there is no evidence they can do any better. This is just a ploy.
The power needs to go back into the schools, the classrooms and the living rooms.
I recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson high school.
One of the main problems I have came a crossed over the years was that many students does not have the courage to put effort into school seriously. I believe that the main majority of the problem is the students because, when the students fail exams or classes it affects teachers alot more than the student would expect. There should be a change in the RCSD without the Community getting involved their wouldn't be an opportunity.
The RCSD is certainly STUCK…. stuck in the expectation that all students will go on to college. Where is the vocational education that would lead to jobs right out of high school? Where are the apprenticeship programs that would lead students into good jobs in construction, automotive, or electrical and plumbing services? RCSD has consistently refused to open up such training programs to city students, instead insisting that attending 2 year or 4 year college is the optimum path to a successful life. RCSD needs to provide a better variety of quality work-related training to our students so they can have some hope of economic reward other than having to attend college.
Vargas wants to put wings on our inner city students. Wings! Can you imagine that? The man is a genius, a visionary and a quantum leap thinker. Let him. Support him. Open the doors. Part the way, so that our kids can fly. Inga Songbird
This saddens me, I live in the neighborhood and enjoy all the beauty the landscape brings, it's disgusting that greedy people need to ruin and endanger species to line their pockets even more. I won't be dining at their establishments and plan to be a voice when the time comes to protect our environmental treasures.
The Danieles , of course, don't do much without their Comida money and their past use of Comida funds are questionable....job creation with an amphibious plane dock???
Development is destruction when it comes to the environment. If the goal is to protect the environment, especially when it comes to the expansion of something, then the expansion would not happen. But it is never about environmental protection.
It is all about a compromise between the environment and someone's desire for money. When environmental standards are compromised in a deal that favors lining someone's pockets with money, the environment always loses.
I'm not exactly sure what I think of the idea of local universities taking over some schools. But I know exactly what to think of Vargas. He has now thrown in the towel and admitted he can't fix Rochester schools. That may be a good first step, though I don't know if I can get over this immense failure.
I think the next step should be for Vargas to decline accepting any further salary as he puts this plan into action. After that, he should resign.
PARENTS & TAXPAYERS: STAY ALERT!!!
As soon as I saw this, my FIRST QUESTION was: If the Rochester Board of Education is going to hire Colleges and Universities to help MANAGE RCSD SCHOOLS, does this mean that their compensation will come out of Dr. Vargas's pay, i.e., out of his six-figure-salary, and/or out of the six-figure salaries of his so-called Superintendent's Executive Group (SEG)? After all, MANAGING THE SCHOOLS IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S AND HIS HIGHLY PAID SEG'S JOB. THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE HIRED TO DO. If the money to pay for this is not coming out of their salaries, as far as I'm concerned. THE DISCUSSION SHOULD STOP RIGHT NOW --- because it is absolutely unconscionable, immoral, unethical, and would be fiscally irresponsible for the Board to approve the idea of paying Colleges and Universities additional money to do what Dr. Vargas. and his SEG are already being paid BIG BUCKS to do, especially when numerous RCSD schools are suffering from the lack of adequate, fundamental, structural, and programmatic resources.
SECONDLY, where is the evidence that Rochester area Colleges and Universities have (as Dr. Vargas claims) "an excellent track record of successful education management” of URBAN schools? There is no such evidence, which necessarily leads me to ask: Does this whole idea boil down to nothing more, or less than new, symbolic, SNAKE OIL? STAY ALERT!!!
Perhaps minimum wage is insufficient to provide a living.
And will Superintendant Vargas take a cut in pay equivalent to the lessening of his work load as he passes the schools off to colleges? Does not seem to be a good solution as presented thus far.
Vargas visited my friend's school last week. She said he walked into her classroom in the middle of a lesson & began talking to the students. Unprompted, he began speaking about himself. He then encouraged the students to read more, and even offered to throw them a pizza party if they read X number of books. Real innovation there, folks. This man makes a lot of money - this is our return?? Passing the buck to local colleges? The more he speaks, the less faith I have in him.
Some may think this idea has intellectual merit. It does not. It is an intellectually lazy and dishonest attempt to push problems off on someone else. When you get a ticket from a cop, you don't call in the FBI. Instead of pawning off this kids on colleges (who's job it is to educate people at a college-level), it only takes responsibility away from the public (taxpayer-funded) school system that is obligated by law to educate these students. It isn't the U of R's responsibility that Tommy and Tonya know 4x4=16; that's the public school system's. if Vargas is introducing college-level curriculum, such as A.P. and honors courses through local colleges, that's one thing. But pawning the school district's problems off on colleges is irresponsible and inappropriate.
Cool idea of getting some free manpower on each low performing kid. Personal tutors etc. However, it still may not be appropriate for school discipline. For political reasons punishments are frequently too late for some kids and too hard on others (toy guns etc). Colleges are just as guilty as lower public schools in trying to appropriate legal powers they do not actually have. If the consequences are serious they should NOT try handling it internally.
Schools must comply with "due process" under the Constitution. Children are entitled to family court trials for every incident -- if its worthwhile and the school administration is playing reelection politics.
Parents must agree to out of court adminstrative alternatives in lieu of trial (family court) --- for each incident. The situtation is very similar to the military. You have to decide if the legal results of court procedings could be worse than "out of court" administrative punishments.
Schools and the PTA have no legal legislative powers -- except as each set of parents decide to agree. Even expulsion (refusal to perform public service) is legally limited. However if schools do not rescind illegal expulsions after trial its probably best to sue the school district and specific administrators and take the money elsewhere. If illegal actions are being pressed by parent activists after family court trial I would even consider including them in lawsuit as individuals for conspiracy to violate your rights.
We have a high Military/Veterans aging in this area. " Snap" has helped local farmers grow, and local farm markets as customers can use snap as payments.
I've worked in the table games department in two different casinos. I am a table games supervisor. I worked for the Seneca nation for years. Sure, you get your regulars that come in. So what? You people that think bringing a casino into town is gonna devastate the area and make everyone poor is crazy. First, it brings construction jobs...than thousands of jobs that follow to operate it. I love what I do. People come for fun... and above all else the thrill of winning money. Why lose out on the money to other states when you can have your own. I can assure you that 95% of these people come to get away from there regular lives looking for nothing more than entertainment and fun. I would imagine your property value going up as well. As more jobs are created...
Sean, working people use food stamps.
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