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Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

"Students by law in NYS are REQUIRED to attend school from ages 6-16. Education Law 3210 section 2b. :
"Absence from required attendance shall be permitted only for causes allowed by the general rules and practices of the public schools." If students don't have a legal excuse to be absent (family emergency, religious observation, court attendance, etc.), even if the parent gives permission, the absence is still illegal under NYS law. Since the children are under the care of their parents or guardians, the parents/guardians are responsible for any of their illegal actions and should be prosecuted for not observing educational law. No need for child endangerment, neglect or other trumped -up charges (though I do personally consider it a type of child abuse), use the existing law on the books and prosecute them. Believe me, attendance will go WAY up when parents start going to jail. "

Obviously the law is not enforced. WHY?

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Posted by johnny on 09/08/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

Students by law in NYS are REQUIRED to attend school from ages 6-16. Education Law 3210 section 2b. :
"Absence from required attendance shall be permitted only for causes allowed by the general rules and practices of the public schools." If students don't have a legal excuse to be absent (family emergency, religious observation, court attendance, etc.), even if the parent gives permission, the absence is still illegal under NYS law. Since the children are under the care of their parents or guardians, the parents/guardians are responsible for any of their illegal actions and should be prosecuted for not observing educational law. No need for child endangerment, neglect or other trumped -up charges (though I do personally consider it a type of child abuse), use the existing law on the books and prosecute them. Believe me, attendance will go WAY up when parents start going to jail.

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Posted by dave on 09/08/2014 at 5:24 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

The parents are bad. First day attendance at RCSD schools was collectively 83.64%. That means over 16% of students were absent from school - on the first day. This is before any flu bugs and other illnesses work their way through the school population.

Why is not sending your child to school not considered to be a form of child abuse? And why are these parents not denied financial benefits if their children are not attending school? If you have a child that is "chronically absent" from school, SNAP benefits, rent assistance, the Earned Income Credit and other forms of social assistance should be cut. It's the only way to make the point that school matters. Begging kids to go to school does not work. This might.

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Posted by Animule on 09/08/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

How can we improve the schools when the students don't even show up? And why should they? They know that the taxpayer will provide them with free housing, free heat and free food anyway for the rest of their life, as they teach the next generation how to do the same. The democrats don't have and don't want a solution. This is just a game they've played with other people's lives to gain political power. SHAMEFUL!

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Posted by johnny on 09/08/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

I want to commend Mary Anna Towler for her advice in her article in City
(September 3-9) to focus on a broad community effort, and especially to cease pointing fingers.
Being the daughter of an Elementary School headmaster, and the good fortune of being read to by him every night before bed, I can’t say enough for the power of books.
We have wonderful public libraries! The programs offered in our public libraries are usually free and certainly the books are.
The important part of literacy is to discover the joy of books through the pictures and stories that can be read aloud. One picture I have of my 2 year old daughter, is her very carefully constructed “book street” she made in her room for her favorite stuffed animal to inspect, making up stories as she looked at the pictures.

Another opportunity will be the family day November 9, from noon to five at the Memorial Art Gallery in conjunction with the exhibit “Golden Legacy”. It will open with an opening lecture, Sunday October 19, 2 PM by Diane Muldrow, Golden Books editorial director, “Everything I Need to Know in Life I learned from a Little Golden Book”. If you haven’t read Robert Fulghum’s “Everything I Needed to Learn, I learned in Kindergarten”, you might want to read it.

In terms of healthy habits, another advantage of books: when you read a book, hands are clean, and ideally it’s a time that you don’t snack, unlike eating food in front of a TV.

Finally, let’s remind young mothers we meet of the importance of reading aloud . Why not “book parties” as play dates, where each child brings a book to share (for grown-ups to read to them). The child can look forward to the power of being the one to read.

Books, unlike videos and TV, ask you to pay mindful attention to them, and so by sharing them, you demonstrate how to pay attention to the world and people around you.

-- Kitty Jospé

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Posted by kitty jospé on 09/06/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

You would have to be a monster not to get a lift from School 23.

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Posted by rocparent on 09/04/2014 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

Just a little more food for thought. They're digging their own grave: http://jimromenesko.com/2014/08/08/here-are-the-new-jobs-being-offered-to-gannett-journalists/

Posted by timaltier on 08/22/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

"And third, we need to get serious, at last, about addressing the roots of the problem that are at the heart of all this - in Ferguson, in Rochester, throughout the country."

I agree, but we have a black president, a black attorney general and people like Al Sharpton fanning the flames.

Meanwhile, Blacks, sometimes even black children are being slaughtered by other blacks almost daily all over this country. You would think that City News and other "news" papers would care and want to address this issue.

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Posted by johnny on 08/21/2014 at 8:46 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

We've seen enough on YouTube to conclude that police harassment targeting blacks is real. I'm sick of racking my brains in defense of incompetent and unfit law enforcement.

I'm not bothered by the rioting and looting. Don't criticize the media. Turn off CNN if it's not your thing. They'll get the message soon enough.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 08/20/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Once again, a case is being tried in the media without any facts. This only adds fuel to the fire, and causes more problems. Alleged "witnesses" who claimed they could see flames coming out the barrel of the gun (only in the movies), that Brown was shot in the back (disproved by family's autopsy) that the cop stood over Brown and finished him off (also disproved by autopsy). Mr. Brown's companion claimed the cop car door struck them and bounced back into the cop who became so enraged he started dragging a 6'4" 290 lb. man into the police car through the window. Sounds contrived. Showing the convenience store video was "character assassination" but really shows why Mr. Brown might have reacted badly to the cops. The media and the rumor mill are creating a story and this conflict

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Posted by reality on 08/20/2014 at 2:25 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

I think an even bigger problem is the White , Black , Asian and Hispanic Politicians have all forgotten about the American People. What has the Black Cacuss actually done for the Black community? Just like the White, Asian and Hispanics Politions, NOTHING. The money they raise to help the American People ends up in there Pockets While the whole time they claim they are helping us. Government is to big to corrupt. What the Minority Populations dont see, understand and feel is that The money Hungry Politicians and Capitalists are doing, is merely creating a society of control that they use against all of us to benefit themselves and there buddies. The rich elites have done this since the begining of time. This is ultimitley the cause of every Violent outbursts in all of the societies on this Planet. ITS CALLED SLAVERY. As a White man educated and with a skilled trade my wife a nurse with a bachelors degree we are doing no better than when I was 16. I'm personaly devistated by the gross loss of income since the Manufacturing industry began its collapse in 2006. In my opinion the powers to be have been devaluing the people who make them rich for ever. What the public needs to do is wake up from there Ipads, video games and smart phones and realize we are being brain washed and are all victims to the rich elite. Remember the Revolutionary War and what that was about, the Civil War. Guess we havent learned from our Histories Yet. All races that fall uder the 1% are victim to this. We all need to banned together and take back our rights, freedoms and quality of life. This is not a race thing!!! Its a Power struggle as to whom the King is.

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Posted by Love for All on 08/20/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Grand Jury today on the shooting. Maybe some day REAL answers about what happened will be available. It's a shame that all of the early information about this was from Youtube and twitter, as most of it was incorrect. Mr. brown was not shot in the back, the cop did not stand over him to finish him off, etc. If this nonsense had been addressed PROMPTLY most of the problems could have been avoided.

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Posted by Malcolm on 08/20/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

@sanity--clearly, acting acceptably hasn't fixed anything. Keeping quiet is why the police force in Ferguson feel it's acceptable to shoot to kill for jaywalking. In this country, no one hears you unless you scream.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 08/20/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

@sanity the looting and rioting is the only voice that a people who have felt. de-valued for too long, have. The media is focused on the riots, while the loss of life of a human being gets headlined on page 2. Any one with any sense of decency can't condone the riots. The bigger issue is that pot that was placed on that back burner now angrily boiling over. Racism. Generation Y and Z don't want to march and demonstrate - in order for white society to value them. We did that 60 years ago! It did not work. Read: it didn't work. A true, authentic conversation must be had because the younger generation who face an anemic economy, education being taken over by greedy corporate interest, a horrifically unjust justice system are desperately taking matters in their own tired hands.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 08/19/2014 at 7:57 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

The behavior of the people in Ferguson is shameful. Even more shameful is the attitude of those like the author who seem to feel that this is a problem of white racism. It is not. The problems in the black community will only be solved once we realize that race hucksters sowing an attitude of injustice hides the real problems.

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Posted by Stirge on 08/19/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Well, rioting and looting aren't going to give anyone a good feeling toward you or erase and negative stereotypes. You can't force someone to like you. If you want to be liked, be likable, if you want to be accepted, act acceptably.

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Posted by Sanity on 08/19/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

I agree with Greg on this one...Gannett is probably been one of the worst newspapers in the United State for turning its back on journalism, as defined by our US constitution, for the sake of profit. They've falsified subscriptions and readership for decades to justify astronomical ad prices. Customers caught on and the internet has been moving digitally for years.

It was sad to see the horse and buggy and pony express go bye bye, but we'll adapt and move on. Had the newspaper industry actually hung on to its journalistic mission of holding the government accountable, our country wouldn't be in such a mess today. We're all learning that our Fourth Estate or Fourth Branch of the government has been complicit in the destruction of Main Street.

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Posted by Todd Smekens on 08/14/2014 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

"Local Gannett employees do not know what the future will bring..." And that implies they are DIFFERENT than EVERYONE ELSE? No one knows what the future will bring. Enjoy the suspense.

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Posted by sean on 08/14/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

Local Gannett employees do not know what the future will bring, but that is just because it is too early in the process for any firm decisions to have been made. The spinoff will have to occur first.

The Gannett exec that will run the media company made several comments about how the publishing company will be able to become more efficient, and eliminate redundancies. In a declining industry such as publishing, the spinoff of so many companies by so any owners means just one thing; profitability is declining and owners do not see it returning. Just look at what has happened to papers and magazines since 2008.

There will be fewer positions in the new Gannett in five years. How many fewer, it is hard to say, but further revenue declines will mean steeper cuts. And how about pay and benefits? Employees should ask themselves if they felt that the old Gannett paid salaries or better benefits than competitors. If the answer to either is yes, then they should expect hits here as well.

The internet is having huge impacts in retailing, music and film, and other industries, and there is no reason to expect that it will be different for publishing.

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Posted by Michael on 08/13/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

I share your concerns. I particularly agree with your assessment that "[i]nvestors don't buy stock in public newspaper companies to support good journalism; they buy it hoping it'll make money for them." The decades of favoring increased profits over maintaining quality product has, in my opinion, been a significant detriment to the US economy. Profit-based news organizations seem antithetical to a "free press."

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Posted by Greg on 08/13/2014 at 3:20 PM

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