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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News Blog

Re: “Rochester grad rate down slightly

I'm with the roch musician on this. The article would have more bite if the author would've done a quick google search to find out. Something is going on. I believe it's gross dysfunction in CO. They need 10 people to turn a page in a book, and even get that wrong. Look at the modernization fiasco. No connection/ communication between the city and school. And no journalist poking around for answers. I kind of wish Jean Claude Bizzard was still here so that Rachael Barnhart would be interested enough to expose all the shim shamming ( my own word) that's going on.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 06/25/2014 at 2:22 PM

Re: “The under-reported power of parental engagement

Mr. Eagle. Mr. Macaluso made no such assumption. He merely extrapolated on the idea that parental involvement among the poor help mitigate some of the effects of poverty on students. It's not the school's fault that the absentee rate is so high. Parents making sure their children are in school from 8am-4pm every day all but eliminates absenteeism. It's not teacher's fault that some kids aren't learning at the same pace as their peers. Parents who make sure their kids are in the house after dinner, doing their homework, encouraging learning, is the ONLY way to guarantee that children have a chance in this world. It's too easy to blame culture or socio-economic class, or to claim that only teachers and administrators who come from the same place as oneself can effectively educate their children. No Mr. Eagle, you get the children, and then the future you create. If you aren't involved in YOUR OWN child's education, you are as much a failure as they will be. Put your child on the bus, walk or drive him to school. Whatever it takes. Make sure the school calls you immediately if your child is absent. Then do something about it when they do. Make sure his homework is done, and "ground him" if it's not. It's called being a responsible parent. Not demanding that the schools take care of your kid for you.

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Posted by Wally Barber on 06/25/2014 at 11:24 AM

Re: “The under-reported power of parental engagement

Ugh. Remember this from last spring?

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archiv…

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Posted by Dave Atias on 06/25/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The under-reported power of parental engagement

I do wish that our local media would do a better job reporting all kinds of positive stories about Rochester city school district students. What a disservice is done to these children to see their local media--including City News--constantly reflecting such negativity. Why shouldn't we expect students to fail when they constantly see failure reflected back at them from supposedly well-meaning journalists? There was a time when "School News" was an important part of a newspaper's commitment to the community and the daily activities of kids in schools was exalted as important. If Tim says that parental engagement may be key, I would say that perhaps he and his colleagues could also be better engaged in the lives of our city kids if they truly want to see improvement in academic outcomes.

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 06/25/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “The under-reported power of parental engagement

Damn Mr. Macaluso --- did it not occur to you that your idea about " last week’s awards ceremony [representing] a reminder that the most effective mitigation of poverty’s influence on students just might begin with parents" --- just might represent a quantum-leap, and perhaps an asinine assumption that ALL of the "several dozen students" live in poverty?

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 06/25/2014 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Rochester grad rate down slightly

Very limited article. It mentions a regents diploma, but provides no perspective as to how many RCSd students receive one. It also does not mention that 5.1% are considered to be college ready, down from 5.8% last year (a 12% decline). Pretty soon, none of them will be college ready. And yet some continue to make excuses for a failed system. Time to move to charter schools. They had a 70% graduation rate! which continues a trend of improvement. Students win, the union loses. Sounds like a winning proposal.

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Posted by Mike on 06/23/2014 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Rochester grad rate down slightly

It seems like an obvious question is: what is Buffalo doing differently than Rochester? Aren't their demographics in terms of poverty, unemployment, single parent families, etc. fairly similar to Rochester? I'm sure someone is asking this question and coming up with answers -- it would seem to be important to know what the answers are.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 06/23/2014 at 9:34 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Medical pot, schools project, judges, and sparklers mark end of Legislature session

I used to play with sparklers when I was a kid. I never had any problems. This is the one legislation that makes the most sense. Hopefully, there won't be an extra tax and special license to enjoy them. All these exorbitant fees and taxes make NYS a terrible place to live and work. I guess you've got to buy a dead mall or film scenes from a movie to make a go of it here.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/23/2014 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Rochester grad rate down slightly

Again...another year has passed and the graduation rate has declined even further. This has been going on for 30 years and nothing has changed or will change. It is time to make real effective changes. Perhaps the most important change may be jobs for Rochester Residents. The next change would be learning effective parenting skills.

If students are entering the 9th grade without the proper basic skills to graduate in four years then we need to look at this problem and start childhood intervention practices very early. I am not saying that teachers should become parents to their students but that interactions with parents be the focus.

It is time for Mayoral Control or at least a vote on the school board to determine how millions of dollars are to be spent in the "best" ways possible to improve graduation rates. And finally we need to cut back on administration and give teachers and principles at their specific school locations the power to make their own decisions as to how to make students more successful and graduate in the four year period.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/23/2014 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Rochester grad rate down slightly

The more we segregate by economic class and race the greater the consequences. This should not become a scapegoating of the Rochester school district. Greater forces are at work. Ones that much of the rest of the country address better than Rochester.

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Posted by Stephen Karl on 06/23/2014 at 4:43 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Medical pot, schools project, judges, and sparklers mark end of Legislature session

So the New York State Legislature has declared that marijuana is a medicine, defined the afflictions that it is to be prescribed for, who will grow it and dispense it, and the form in which will be administered. Our legislators will instruct medical doctors on how it is to be prescribed. I wonder when anyone in New York government earned degrees in medicine that makes them expert enough to write medical-related laws? I recall a TV commercial in which an actor says “I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV” That would seem to apply here. I didn’t hear anything about the NY legislators consulting with the American Medical Association or any other physician organizations on their opinion of “medical” marijuana. No pharmaceutical companies were consulted that I am aware of. It makes me wonder what else our legislators can define as “medicine” - magnets? mineral water? mushrooms? Tic Tacs?

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Posted by Boyd on 06/23/2014 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

I am sympathetic to the plight of the county Democrats but heavens sakes. A designated room for breast feeding. How about a job package? How about health care? Is THIS the sort of rubbish Carrie would enact if she was Majority Leader? Gee I wonder why the Democrats in the Leg don't get more legislation passed.

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Posted by steve on 06/23/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Medical pot, schools project, judges, and sparklers mark end of Legislature session

Non of this legislation means anything to me. I continue to feel poorer than ever. Only Howie Hawkins of the Green Party gives me any hope. It seems he has no chance; just like me.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/22/2014 at 2:59 AM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

The county does not provide rooms on an as needed basis. With working women being the majority of the workforce, and breastfeeding support in the workplace being a law since 2007, it is about time someone makes sure this happens. I wouldn't expect that men would necessarily understand the need, but luckily someone does. breastfeeding is a public health concern that, if taken more seriously by people in the position of power, could save this country billions of dollars.

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Posted by Dianne Otero Cassidy on 06/21/2014 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

Ms. Andrews proposed banning guns from the county office building, even though legislation already existed banning them, she stonewalled the MCC move and the Mayor delivered votes to hang her out.

Given her penchant for lack of research, political posturing, and being inept, this piece of legislation appears to be brilliant compared to her other moves!

But, then again, as an employee of NYSUT, why would we expect substance ? They have failed our children, demand more money every year, and are oblivious to everything around them as well.

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Posted by clint on 06/20/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Lobbyists doom Child Safe Products Act

The story is posted. Here's the link: http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/News…

Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 06/20/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Joint Schools Construction Board pushes back on rumors

It was irresponsible and premature for Mayor Lovely Warren to try and second-guess the FBI. The mayor has likely been overly critical of the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board. Her good intentions with regards to safeguarding taxpayer's money should nevertheless still be commended.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/20/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Lobbyists doom Child Safe Products Act

Yes, of course. We're working on it now, as a matter of fact.

Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 06/20/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Lobbyists doom Child Safe Products Act

Now that the Senate session is over, can you post an update on what happened (or didn't happen)? Thanks.

Posted by rochLD on 06/20/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Joint Schools Construction Board pushes back on rumors

Very serious allegations where made against the RJSCB. It draws suspension, scrutiny and breaks down public trust for infrastructure spending. That it alleges financial misappropriation occurred for the spending of resources for children makes it potentially reprehensible and warrants criminal investigation.
If the truth involves false allegations the time and resources spent investigating defending in order to return to building schools for children then those involved also warrant investigation and legal prosecution.
Clear this matter quickly and return to the task at hand.

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Posted by Stephen Karl on 06/20/2014 at 7:25 AM

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