Kamakazee: We've added a link to a previous story that has the recommendations. Good call.
What were some recommendations?
A Google search (try it!) yields some interesting (but unsurprising) insights about the ideological agenda of this outfit and its "chair". It's all about left-wing "messaging" to indoctrinate the public to favor "critical progressive policies" — especially fighting against Gov. Walker's bold and successful reforms. [There's even an appearance by George Lakoff — you can't make up this stuff!]
The only true comparison would be for a charter school to take over a "failing" public school and to keep the exact same students at the school. Unless the charter school could expel students, there would be zero difference in results. Charter schools have a huge advantage of receiving higher achieving students bc parents have to take the initiative to apply. When parents apply, it generally means they are invested in their child's education which is a key factor in a child's success.
Clearly, this isn't an abstract conversation since it costs real dollars to field a police force in any of our area municipalities. That said, I'd love some conversation about regionalizing our police and fire services here. In its present state it is fragmented and creates turf issues like this. Traveling on Empire Boulevard toward Ridge Road, you have a unified commercial area that spans two municipalities. If there's a need for service I doubt that anyone looks at the logo on the side of the police car or fire truck responding.
Many New Yorkers are insulted by the proposal to reward convicts with a free college education. 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.
If it really only costs $5,000 a year for a degree from Convict College, it's a great deal: much cheaper than what law-biding college students pay. So don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, and don't expect a degree for free.
SB1062 says nothing about sexual orientation, or any other class or category. With respect to sexual orientation, it would only apply to the four cities in the state that have non-discrimination provisions based on sexual orientation (in the rest of the state, it would have no effect at all relative to sexual orientation).
This misleading post stands the truth on its head. Rather than allowing anybody to "impose their values on everyone else," SB1062 does precisely the opposite: In line with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Bill Clinton, this reasonable one-page law simply requires the state to avoid forcing someone to violate his conscience unless it is to further a "compelling governmental interest" and there is no less restrictive way to do so.
This country was founded on freedom of conscience, a bedrock human right. To be an American means to be able to form one's own convictions, to follow the dictates of one's own conscience, and to live out one's faith, entirely free of any coercion by king or state.
Andrew Cuomo is robbing us in Rochester blind. Heard of the Buffalo Billion? (Welfare for Buffalo). At 5% of the NYS population, WE in Rochester are paying $50,000,000 to create jobs in Buffalo. Just do the math yourself. 50 million dollars are being stolen from Rochester. Think what that could do for our schools.
It's all a shell game folks. The government dishes out welfare to the masses and businesses pay the vast majority of it. Then to appease business, they are offered tax breaks for developments. Want to get rid of COMIDA and other corporate welfare. Me too, but don't blame the businesses, blame our government representatives that are playing this shell game promising everything to everyone. Get rid of ALL forms of welfare and let the free market decide what is built or not.
Dear Commissioner White,
As I have said to you all along --- this can't just be about "changing how people view this district,” but instead MUST be about doing whatever is necessary in order to actually produce widespread, concrete, measurable, academic, and ultimately socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and sociocultural change and improvement for Rochester City School District students and families --- period.
In my humble, but staunch view, the ONLY way we're going to be able to successfully overcome the "challenges" is by building a deadly-serious, ongoing, MASS-BASED MOVEMENT (substantial numbers of parents, grandparents, students, other relatives, activists, educators, politicians, and anyone else who is serious about much-need, and much-deserved change and improvement --- working together cooperatively, collaboratively, and consistently around clearly-defined, agreed-upon, concrete goals, strategies, and tactics) --- period.
I am --- as you noted --- "cautiously excited" about the possibility that --- as President of the Rochester Board of Education --- YOU are really ready to help provide the type of bold, knowledgeable leadership, which has been missing. All else, in my view, is merely more rhetoric and noise.
Again, if this, or any effort is to be successful --- it CANNOT be viewed as a one-shot-deal. In Order To Produce Widespread, Permanent, Fundamental Change And Improvement --- Ongoing Movement Is Necessary --- Period.
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What a backstabbing phony. If teachers think that their unions are not part of the APPR/ common core/ charter school boom power hungry crooks - you are sadly mistaken. She was on board with this APPR nonsense- the bill gates (take over the world) foundation gave the ATF MILLIONS of cash. Why would the union make deals with the devil? Throwing rocks (boulders) and then hiding your hand. She wants teachers to believe her rhetorical lies. The whole system is a sham. Making it worse by taking dues from hard working teachers. Ms weingarten I'm not buying what you're selling. Dear.
“We need a highly progressive tax structure that strongly disincentivizes excessive pay and unreasonable hoarding of wealth, in which the gains are used to ensure a thriving commons.”
What we have in New York is a highly progressive tax structure that ‘disincentivizes’ and punishes success, and forces people to try and protect their wealth from unreasonable confiscation by the state. Look at what happened under NY Governor Paterson after he imposed his tax on “the rich”. Those who were targeted simply left the state; Tom Golisano being the most well-known example. It would have cost Golisano $14,000 a day to remain a resident of NY under Paterson’s tax. “The rich” create jobs. They are also more mobile than the average taxpayer so they can simply up and leave (and take their money with them) when socialists target them. It will be interesting to see what happens if NY mayor De Blasio gets to impose his tax on “the rich”.
NY is the highest-taxed and most business-unfriendly state in America. People are leaving (escaping) in droves and Cuomo understands why. Actually Cuomo is a heretic in the liberal socialist Democrat party. He has stated that lowering taxes helps businesses, which is good for the state. Cuomo proposes to lower property taxes (again, NY is the leader in property taxes in the US) which is good for the struggling NY taxpayer. Cuomo also has indicated he does not approve of De Blasio’s plan to tax “the rich” in NYC. All this is still just talk by Cuomo, but he is by no means a fiscal conservative in my opinion.
You talk about “excessive pay and unreasonable hoarding of wealth”. Who gets to define ‘excessive’ and ‘unreasonable hoarding’. You? De Blasio? Even more to the point, where in the Constitution does is say that our government, or anyone else, has the right or the power to decide what anyone else’s pay should be. Unlike communist and socialist systems it is not the job of the US government to redistribute wealth.
We have been trying to accomplish policy goals with tax cuts since Reagan. Well, since before Reagan, but increasingly it has become a crutch of political rhetoric that never lives up to its promises in practice. We need a highly progressive tax structure that strongly disincentivizes excessive pay and unreasonable hoarding of wealth, in which the gains are used to ensure a thriving commons.
We all benefit from a healthy, well-educated, economically secure population.
I question how one can believe that charters have the capacity to hire “more experienced” teachers when they traditionally offer lower salaries than unionized districts. NYS sets the requirements for all certified teachers, we all tend to graduate from the same teaching programs, take the same certification test and attend the same professional developments whether we are suburban, urban. or rural.
Many charters have teaching staffs with 0-5 years of teaching experience, teachers who are newly certified teachers or are not certified at all because they have the flexibility to allow teachers to teach out of their certification areas; a luxury that non-charters do not have.
In the case of our local region, young, inexperienced teachers cut from public districts because of seniority rights tend to end up in local charter schools if they choose to continue teaching at all. Even still, charters tend to have higher rates of teacher turnover. Partly, based on what I have heard from charter school teachers is that they are forced to work longer hours which negatively impacts the lives of their own children & families and they have to constantly reapply for their jobs. I would encourage reporters to find some of those teachers who have left charters after one or two years and ask them why they leave.
The relevency of this politically motivated "study" seems strained at best. If there is no damning news about charter schools here, must we now seek it out in Milwaukee?
1) Charter schools live and die by the state laws governing them. Across the country, there is great variety in the effectiveness of charter authorizing laws. Not all state charter laws (and by extension, not all charter schools) are created equal. Therefore, there is flawed logic in drawing conclusions about NY charters based on national studies, or those focused on a different state. Charter schools in NYS and Rochester consistently outperform their host districts...the margin of outperformance only grows when factoring for poverty. This has been the case for years.
2) Why on earth would a study adjust for "teacher experience"? If a charter school does a better job at recruiting and retaining quality teachers, then that is clearly a determining factor in their outcomes. Punishing a school for putting a premium on teacher quality is absurd.
3) Controlling for truancy is also fraught with problems when comparing schools. Milwaukee charter schools may have lower truancy rates simply because they are better at controlling the problem, so why punish them for a potentially more effective approach?
Sure, those of us who have an interest or work in urban education are not surprised that poverty and truancy adversely impact student learning. Examples of urban schools that defy the trend dramatically include many of Rochester's own charter schools.
No doubt, depending on your perspective on charters, you can find a study that 'adjusts' the data to suit your hypothesis.
On the point about the status quo's excuse du jour: student truancy... Is student attendance a cause or effect of good schools? Common sense (and a ton of research) says that truancy goes down when student engagement goes up. And charters--unlike traditional schools--have a strong incentive to engage students. Without happy students, they go out of business.
Charter schools began as laboratory schools. Why should we be so quick to discount their success? Shouldn't we instead try to understand--and god forbid, replicate in traditional schools--the conditions that have resulted in some charter's higher student attendance and achievement? And note I said "some charters", not "all".
And while we're at it, how about some investigative reporting on the RCSD's so-called 'truancy campaign' that has given the district a steady stream of publicity for the last 2 years. Reducing truancy in a sustained way requires more than the superintendent visiting truants' homes ( with the TV crews in tow). Has the district done any evaluation of this signature program? Have schools met their attendance goals? Do they even have goals in their School Improvement Plans?
For all the fanfare, we should be seeing results by now, or at least asking for them.
IF there's an appropriate place for a casino in the Rochester area, it is the former Irondequoit Mall.
Just make damn sure Scott CONgel doesn't reap any profits.
JUST LIKE THEY DID ON THE FAST FERRY?????
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