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Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

So giving free college degrees to prisoners is an "investment" to keep them off unemployment and welfare? How about we also give them jobs, cars to get to and from work and free mortages too. We have to spend tax dollars to house, guard, clothe and feed prisoners. We shouldn't have to give them free college degrees.

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Posted by Jeff on 03/12/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

O'Brien is saying the right thing (opposing Cuomo's plan) for the wrong reason (not enough 'resources'). Many New Yorkers are insulted by the proposal to reward convicts with a free college education. O'Brien is following his constituents' wishes but still playing to liberals (calling the plan 'well-intentioned').
The simple solution is to require those who ‘graduate’ from prison with a college degree pay the state back for the cost of their education – just like they would have to pay back a student loan. Why is the only option to give away FREE college degrees?

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Posted by Bart on 03/12/2014 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

Sean...they are not planning to force all NY inmates into college courses. It will be an option for those interested and capable.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/11/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

"Ted O'Brien is trying to appease voters here." In other words, he's representing his constituents, correct?

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/11/2014 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

I would rather have some of my tax dollars invested in an inmate's. education rather than a lifetime of unemployment benefits, food stamps and other public assistance.

I agree with Cuomo on this issue.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/11/2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

Unless shown proof elsewhere, I'm sure the $5,000 comes out of our taxes. Instead of forcibly educating criminals who made a conscious choice to commit an act against our society's laws, how about we take that $5,000 per inmate and put it into the chronically underfunded State University and City University system? Most criminals have rational choice. Very few are forcibly coerced into turning to crime. They could stay in school and go to college, without being a convicted criminal behind bars when they do it. I did. Thousands and thousands of other college graduates of the SUNY and CUNY system did. WHY ON EARTH should taxpayers have to pay $65,000 so a criminal with a better than 50:50 chance of reoffending can get a degree in painting or poetry or whatever? If they want to go to community college after they finish their prison sentence, take loans and fellowships like everyone else and get a college degree. But it is offensive to me and many, many others that we should have to pay for a convicted murderer or rapist or burglar to get a college degree from our tax dollars when many of us spend YEARS earning our degrees while holding down legitimate jobs and keeping out of trouble. This is offensive.

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Posted by sean on 03/11/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

Ted O'Brien is trying to appease voters here. Cuomo is spending a little to save a lot. This education gives hope and help to people. Long-term, crime and numbers in prisons will go down. Cops and wardens will inevitably lose their jobs. And this is a GOOD thing!

It may not seem fair to educate prisoners, but if this leads to lower taxes and less crime, then I'm all for it.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/11/2014 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations


"...98 percent were rated “highly effective” or “effective” by their principals..."

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 03/11/2014 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

I think taxpayers and students should sue corporate America for not paying taxes and screwing students for their six figure debt and test test mentality. All while hedge fund and privatizers take in millions. Whose the one taking advantage of students?

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Posted by eastcoadthoosier on 03/10/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

I teach in a school with 80% free and reduced lunches. One year my students passed the reading test with 100%. The next year they passed with 65%. I'm a National Board Certified teacher, and have been evaluated as a distinguished teacher. I worry that with all my years of study and experience, I might be deemed ineffective, especially with the poorly written standards that we are facing. The Common Core Standards & their associated standardized tests are absurd! We now have Kindergarteners being required to do homework about alliteration. How in the world can we expect to tie teacher effectiveness to such inappropriate standards?

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Posted by SEKnutzen on 03/10/2014 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

Don't forget that 40% of a high school teacher's rating is based on how the rest of the school performs on exams in other classes. So a social studies teacher can lose points based on poor chemistry scores. Even better, a phys Ed teacher's rating is tied to scores on math tests, science tests, etc...

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Posted by teacher on 03/10/2014 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

Teach and you'll understand ... educate yourself on education and the two-way street that it is. The Union sues because it cares about education as it needs to be. We are the doctors of education. We didn't roll into the position after two interviews. Masters degrees and years of experience bring an enlightenment that the general public isn't going to understand very easily.

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Posted by Master Teacher on 03/10/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Some Henrietta residents really don't want a casino

I think jeremy been smoking too many peace pipes when he said

"Right now, it's the opponents that are the most vocal, in part because they are being rallied by the racino-backed No More Casinos Coalition."

I nor anyone else there even seem to know that this group even existed. as a matter a fact Jack moore was the only one who even seem to know it even existed. I can safely say I nor others there that I know were not part of this group but there on our own accord to stand up for our town. get your facts straight and quite making stuff up.

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Posted by whatareyousmokingnow on 03/10/2014 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

"Urbanski stressed Rochester teachers embrace accountability..."

Oh, sure. As long as by "embrace" you mean "shirk".

Maybe it's time for city taxpayers and students to sue the union.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 03/10/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Rochester's crude awakening

First Responders ask federal administrations to consider adding secondary containment to rail tank cars used to transport chlorine gas, providing lifesaving safety to First Responders and the public they serve. See First Responders Comments at PETITION C KIT.

Posted by Carol Ann on 03/10/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Anne Kress and the reinvention of MCC

I think Dr. Kress used the Finance degree scenario intentionally - because she has a degree in Finance. I think to say she is discouraging students from getting a degree is a stretch. She is addressing the role of the community college to train students for the workforce that is needed and lacking! I too have a Finance degree and I'm not offended by her comment - I get it! Businesses are not hiring a DEGREE - they need trained workforce with the appropriate skill set. Dr. Kress is getting things done so please don't minimize her work or the article's intent by parsing her words and concentrating on that tidbit - get it together!

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Posted by Kimberley Willis on 03/08/2014 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Some Henrietta residents really don't want a casino

They should've bought Medley Centre instead.

Posted by J on 03/08/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Some Henrietta residents really don't want a casino

Supervisor John " Jack" Moore has announced that he will introduce a resolution for the entire Town Board to consider and vote upon at the next Town Board Meeting. The concern is that a casino will be built in Henrietta.

We shall see how the entire Town Board votes on the matter very soon. There are 1100 signatures against the casino proposal and more than likely about the same in favor without submitting any signatures. The rest of Henrietta Residents may be ok with what ever happens in the end. There are about 43,000 residents in the Town of Henrietta.

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Posted by crm135790 on 03/07/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Anne Kress and the reinvention of MCC

How many students in the RCSD enter Grade 9 but do not graduate after four years?
How many students that enter Freshman year at MCC do not graduate after two years?

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Posted by Van on 03/07/2014 at 3:16 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] The mark of Ginger Beard

Ginger Beard was and still is the shiznet. Know body can even come close to his artistic ability. Long live the Ginge!!!!!!

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Posted by Ginger groupie on 03/07/2014 at 1:03 AM

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