Mental illness: smashing the stigma
You could not persuade me to direct a “stigma,” I find it offensive that you do. (See rape/stigma for why.)
It matters that you direct a stigma on your pages. Women ordered us to stop directing it at rape, you continue victimizing another group, the lesson somehow lost.
Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor
Such a waste of money and time. This is progress and the Eastman house is showing anything but progressive ideals. Use the money for this lawsuit and paint the front of the Eastman house. It is in dire need of repair.
Sorry, passed laws
This study is misleading. It compares the poverty level in the city of Rochester which has 35 square miles to cities which were able to annex their suburbs and include areas that encompass several hundred square miles.
Older cities in the Northeast passes laws years ago preventing them from expanding.
To be a fair comparison you would have to compute the poverty rate for Rochester and include the inner suburbs because most other cities on the list have spread their city limits out to include them.
A friend of mine is a member. She said they sent a letter out about a year ago begging for more money because they needed to cover operational expenses. And yet they can afford a stupid, frivolous lawsuit? I hope their membership drops like flies.
Eastman House, you just lost a member.
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.
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