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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Oh wait, that's rain. It comes and goes. That is the nature of the editorial comment of this paper. Politics is a rough-and-tumble business. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. People want results. Albany has been full of excuses for decades. I don't like Cuomo's methods and I despise him personally. What most people will care about is four on-time budgets, universal pre-K, the right to marry your partner of the same-sex and a slowly (MUCH too slowly) strengthening economy. That is why people will re-elect Cuomo. Of course he hasn't laid out a vision for four more years. But neither has Astorino. All he's done is yipped at Cuomo's heels like the annoying little terrier he has. If the NY Republican Committee was serious about electing him, they would put more money in the race. They're too busy struggling to retain their tentative toehold in the state Senate courtesy of a corrupt back-room bargain by five so-called "Independent Democrats". Go Cuomo!

4 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by sean on 08/27/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

Vote September 9th

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Posted by SeptemberSuprise on 08/27/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

Or how about dodging home improvement permits so that his assessment wouldn't go up? The guy truly believes he's above the law. I hope the US Attorney puts him in handcuffs. Shame on NY Democrats if Cuomo wins the primary.

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Posted by J on 08/27/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

"If Democrats don't lead the fight on issues like corruption, campaign finance reform, equitable taxation, wealth disparity, and aid to cities, who will?"

The answer to this question is Howie Hawkins and the Green Party.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 08/27/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

Why is Urbanski still around? WHY?

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tom Janowski on 08/26/2014 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Forums on public education kick off in September

It is promising to see that Writers and Books is committing its resources to a discussion of our region's most pressing problem. Following the announcement of "education historian" Ravitch as the first speaker (hardly one to shy away from often conflicting statements about "what is good or bad"), I am especially curious to hear who the other presenters will be reflecting "both sides of the issue." More importantly, our community has a history of struggling with the transition from discussion to action when it comes to improving our abysmal city school system.

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Posted by Richard on 08/25/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

The headline on this article is, in my view, a misreading of what the educational experts said. It says "many teachers are not up to par." What I heard is that in every school they studied there were two or three teachers who had students who were engaged while the other teachers had students who were not engaged. Teachers are isolated in their individual classrooms. Their suggestion was to take a long term view of teachers sharing and learning from each other. They criticized the way schools work not the quality of the teachers. Professional development programs and activities in the past are not very useful. Schools need to give time for teachers to work with and learn from each other. This will not change things overnight, but blaming teachers and closing schools based on test scores is counterproductive. Our schools will get better slowly as school administrators, teachers, parents, and students work together.

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Posted by James Bearden on 08/23/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Coalition to push for police reform

It would behoove our police to remember that when they serve, they serve the people. All of us. Not the ones who hop-to the second they bark orders or snark at us (I'm looking at you, officer who couldn't have been much older than drinking age). Wishful thinking, this civility thing?

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Posted by Caterina Maria on 08/20/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Coalition to push for police reform

People caring about "law and order" more than their rights. America has already gone down the tubes.

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Posted by clap on 08/20/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Coalition to push for police reform

People loot, shoot, and riot in Ferguson, and the people who try to restore law and order are criticized. America is going down the tubes

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Posted by Stirge on 08/19/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

How much did they pay for this $@?!. This article was about as sparse as Christmas in 1933. Where was the data? What are the names of the schools that were visited? How did they collect the data? What day is it? How many fingers do I have up? Really City? I don't want to come down on you but what the heck is going on? Your other articles or there lack of, is prominate. Like that '80's Wendy's commercial " where's the beef?"

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 08/15/2014 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Have gun? Don't travel

As someone who works with students, I can't imagine any reason why I would why I would ever carry a gun in their presence. It can only lead to trouble. I guess were fortunate that this is the only trouble there was.

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Posted by youze on 08/15/2014 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

Could the lack of engagement be credited to the common core curriculum that is much too difficult for many of the students who are lacking the background knowledge and foundational skills necessary for successful learning of the material? Especially for math!? This is compounded by the fact that RTI within most City schools, especially those in most need, is poorly managed and rarely carried out at all.

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Posted by Chelsea Rowe on 08/15/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Have gun? Don't travel

As long as handgun owners must register them with the state, why not have a lesser penalty for gun owners who inadvertently violate a local gun ordinance? If Diane Watkins has registered her handgun with NY State in Monroe County and carries it to New York City, why is she treated as if she has if she has no registration at all (a felony)? Many states recognize other state's gun registration. Why can't legally registered gun owners get some consideration within NY state?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Stewart on 08/15/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Have gun? Don't travel

Actually, New York has only 5.1 gun deaths per 100,000 residents, the second lowest in the nation, according to the statistical map I just saw (link below). Many states still do not require background checks or do not prohibit sales to people with violent crime histories. Louisiana: 19.2 deaths per 100k; Alabama: 16.2; Mississippi: 16.1; Wyoming: 15.6; Montana: 15.1. Check it out here:

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Posted by Politiana on 08/14/2014 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

I suggest that *City* do intensive interviews with ten city teachers - give them anonymity so they can speak freely - about how they think city schools could be improved.

I bet you'd get more solid, realistic assessments from those who are doing the impossible job of engaging and educating children who don't show up for class or do schoolwork, who don't have parents who take care of their basic needs, and who worship a media culture that scorns education as "acting white."

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Posted by Lisa Jadwin on 08/14/2014 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

How many years of school did you go to in order to be able to write this article? I think we need to send you back. There should be a law stating that all forms of press related news reporting has to be backed by research based studies. It should be illegal to lie to the public about the very people who made it possible for you to do your job!!!

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Posted by Tricia Johnson on 08/14/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

If a definition of insanity is repeating the same ineffective behavior and expecting a different outcome then we have truly reached crazy time. It is time for radical change, no more tinkering around the edges.. By all the measurements we have,; teacher and administrator morale, student and parent engagement, test scores, and community patience and involvement , we are sinking fast. A perfect storm is upon us. It is time for NYSED, the Mayor, or an independent management organization to step in and take charge. The current Superintendent and School Board just cannot do it despite all their best efforts. Dissolve the District, if possible, and spread the pain and problems. These are radical actions I realize. Politically unpopular yes. Time has run out. Today's test scores only add more bad news on top of everything else. Let's stop demonizing the teachers and make a real change. It will take courage on the part of the politicians. Anything less is just more window dressing and the windows are all broken!

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Posted by Concerned taxpayer on 08/14/2014 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

Here we go again... "Students were not engaged." That concerns me also as a teacher, though... Teachers are not miracle workers! We can only wear so many hats at a time: teacher, counselors, behavior interventionists, peer mediators, secretaries, statisticians, data analysts, social workers, nurses, cheerleaders, custodial workers (yes, all of us clean) thats on top of: creating meaningful differentiated & culturally relevant lessons/activities daily, that take hours to plan...
If a student was not engaged did these people ask the students, "why?"
Maybe they did not sleep at home the night before or do not have a "home". Maybe they were up late watching their babies or siblings b/c their parent was at work. Or maybe they were up late playing video games bc that's what teenagers do w/o parental involvement. Maybe they have not been encouraged to go to school for days or weeks, so they feel lost and just shut down. Did they eat breakfast, did they have to wait for the bus in the freezing cold or are they drenched with sweat from the walk to school on a 90* day? Do these students fully understand English? I could go on & on...
These observers can judge us & "think" they know the answers but the problem (student engagement) lies deeper than what most teachers have to offer. City school teachers do not have a level playing field compared to other districts. 99% of the teachers I know work extremely hard at educating their students and preparing them for the "real world". They go above and beyond to motivate, encourage and support students with all of their needs (not just learning). I don't have the answer to this problem discussed in the article though I'm absolutely positive that I do not agree with it.

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Posted by Jennifer Lucieer DeFranco on 08/14/2014 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Have gun? Don't travel

What the heck is going on here? Felony charges, media frenzy, and not allowed to be working with students? Why? Look, people are creatures of habit. Nobody's been hurt in any way whatsoever. I'm definitely against gun proliferation, but this overreaction is absurd!

I don't care what's written on the permit. Getting caught up in complicated rules that vary from one county to the next is harassment. Until legal changes bring statewide agreement and simplification for legal gun owners, we'll be less safe and more meddled with.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mike Bruton on 08/14/2014 at 6:41 PM

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