Central Office has tied the hands of the principals and staff. Everyone is afraid to suspend and while suspension is not the answer, there is virtually no learning happening for anyone at all because in many schools the kids own the adults.
The long-term solution involves real communication, consistency, higher expectations, better instruction and lots of other things but these can all be addressed and corrected within the RC SD. Expecting the community to come up with solutions is silly. If thousands of educators and parents can't fix it-why would others be able to?
The short-term fix is to take a Joe Clark approach. You need to identify and remove the 10% that are causing 90% of the problems. This is a crises and in a crises leaders identify and deal with the cause of the chaos. They do not throw everyone in one big room while the building burns.
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.
The face of Public Safety in Rochester is still the police Chief James Sheppard as it should be. Who ever is looking for accountability should go find him.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but, Lovely is not the mayor YET! That being said, she can't make any appointments in the current police department. She can't demand that anybody in the RPD take a more public role. Isn't Sheppard still the police chief? It's his job to make those type of decisions. He has to carry out his duties until the end of the year. According to you, Mayor Richards is still doing his mayoral duties (i.e. implementing programs and cutting ribbons). Why can't Sheppard continue to do his job until the end of the year?
I'm sorry, Chris, but I have to disagree. If anyone thinks things are unraveling NOW then they haven't been paying attention. My two cents.
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.
New York State bases its child care funding support for counties based on the need (Rochester has 7th worst child poverty in the entire nation), and on demonstrated local commitment. Monroe County failed to do any lobbying whatsoever on child care subsidies in the 2013 legislative session, left $400,000 of state funds for child care unspent in 2012, and was cut $725,000 by the State as a result. Meanwhile, Monroe County kids lose out when the County cuts even more from its budget next year and fails to take responsibility and shift the blame.
How about bringing Student Support Centers back??? You know, to help address some of the underlying causes of student behavior? SMH
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
County Legislature needs to earn their salary by conducting research into salaries of comparable counties and impose a fair salary.
Ms. Jadwin, and your suggestion is...
The sheriff of Monroe County still makes more than the sheriffs of every other major upstate county. The sheriff of Erie County, with a population of 950,000, makes $79,000; a third less than O'Flynn. Monroe County has 735,000 people in it. It's not as if he's on the line every day, risking his life; he's sitting behind a desk. Why should he get a raise for getting re-elected?
My question is why does Buffalo always get so much money from the taxpayers? Rochester actually has a larger economy than they do, but they get 10x as much back from Albany and Washington
Vargas says "poor student behavior is an indication that students’ needs are not being met. "
Why aren't students accountable for their own behavior? What entitles them to blame others for neglecting their "needs," when they're disruptive to the education of others? In the rest of the world, school is a PRIVILEGE. These students treat school with contempt and disrespect, and then we have to listen to administrators stand around making excuses for them.
As long as the district colludes with the students and parents who want to blame their own destructive behavior on someone or something else, nothing will change.
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.
Why does everyone seem so touchy about the idea that the police chief might have resigned because Lovely is going to be the new mayor...or the idea that Lovely may have replaced him if he did not resign?
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.
Thank you, Dan.
One other thing I found amusing about the missive is the posturing about why things have come to the point they have. Apparently the Christian "good guys" have been turning the other cheek in such situations. As a result the [special] "rights of Christians" (to force their beliefs on others?) has become jeopardized.
I make no claim regarding the writer, whom I have not met. But generally people active in favor of the U.S. Constitution have not experienced gentle treatment from their opponents. I refer to Jessica Ahlquist, a very brave publicly acknowledged atheist.
As soon as she came out of the closet many of her classmates gasped and an equally brave girl called her "a little witch" under her breath.
Then she protested what was clearly a prayer plaque, including an "Amen" in her public high school auditorium. As her lawsuit progressed she received hate mail and was verbally attacked by her peers, media outlets, and online. She received death threats, and required police escorts to and from classes. This was reminiscent of the Deep South over school integration, by the way, and it happened in Rhode Island. On the day after the ruling, Rhode Island State Representative Peter G. Palumbo, one of the nicest and most reasonable people ever, called Ahlquist as "an evil little thing" on the radio.
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