Everything you wrote may be true, but there are still some very serious issues and problems associated with pre-K programs in Rochester. Some of the most important issues center around the question of who (specifically) is and is NOT being served.
According to information in ate article (at the link below) ... "And even though the state reimburses the district for UPK students, there isn't enough state funding available for full-day classes. Offering mostly half-day classes is the only way the district can offer UPK, and even then more students are enrolled each year than what the district is paid to teach."
"And there is still room for the district's UPK to grow. According to Hooper, the district is only serving about two-thirds of city children who qualify for the program. That may be due to the transportation problems half-day classes can cause. Working parents, many of whom rely on public transportation, wrestle with getting their child to school and picking them up less than three hours later.Many people just don't realize the sacrifices our parents are making trying to juggle this for the sake of their children," Hooper says. "
We have a huge problem with exclusionary discipline policies in RCSD, including in my opinion inappropriate arrests inside schools. I and other board members are aggressively working on fundamentally changing our discipline practices. But we NEVER suspend toddlers or any pre-K students. Despite the horror stories nationally, once again one area where Rochester shines is in our universal pre-kindergarten programs. These high quality and developmentally supportive programs are recognized nationally for their excellence.
Didn't Bob Duffy work his way to the top of the Police Force in Rochester,NY over a log career and serve the public in a very professional manner. Wasn't it Bob Duffy and Wade Norwood the only two people in all of Rochester that came to my side when I need help with a problem in my neighborhood ? Wasn't it Bob Duffy that worked his butt off to become Mayor ? Wasn't it Bob Duffy that was asked by Cuomo to be his running mate ? Duffy has openly said that he regretted leaving the position of Mayor in Rochester, NY. Don't we all have choices in where we want to work and when we want to work as well as for whom ?
Am I alone in wishing Lt. Governor "Aw-Shucks" Duffy would just go enjoy his new lake house and multiple pensions and leave us alone??? I'm sure he's a fine man and all, but his tendency to talk a lot while saying virtually nothing (like many-a-politician) makes me want to pull my hair out.
Did anyone NOT see this happening, despite everything Parker and Duffy have been saying to the contrary for months?
The ladies were protesting too much, too frequently. Anything even approaching their integrity and credibility has long since gone up in smoke.
So, tell me again: why is this story even newsworthy?
It certainly isn't surprising.
Lets see if I understand this. Bob Duffy bought Sandy Parker's lake home. Bob Duffy applied for her job but, got in trouble with the Governor so he is no longer going to run because of it. Sandy Parker (and husband Dutch Summers) then decided that she should stay there until Bobby was available (at 400k per year).
Coincidentally, Bob's back began to hurt him and being chief ribbon cutter for the state was no longer fun. So, Sandy/Dutch can now "install" him in her seat. The fact that her job is as a lobbyist and he cannot lobby for 2 years is a mere technicality that can be overlooked...just like the small ethical lapse of an elected state official buying the home of a lobbyist.
Oh, one last point, one of the advantages of Duffy getting the job is he probably can work for less because he can collect his police pension and state pension at the same time he is working for a business growth group in a state that is dying because of public pension payouts. Sounds like the perfect choice to me.
The stick's not working any better than the carrot. I say, what the heck, give him another 5 years. Anyone out there who's not a lawyer got any better ideas?
Much better than morning blather.
Bureaucrats, politicians and unions never reform. It's not in their nature and not in their interest. Separating school and state is the only reform worth the name.
The firing of Kimberley and Beck is totally ridiculous! The management should have stood behind their employees. Bring them back, they did NOTHING wrong!
I also would like to see The Mayor and City Council partner with the Towns of Henrietta,Brighton, and Gates since these Towns border Rochester and that these Towns should take an interest in what happens both financially and in planning as well as by meetings between Mayor and Town Supervisors. Lovely is trying with Maggie Brooks and Maggie is trying with Lovely. That my friends is s good start.
Like father like son.....the development of Destiny USA in Syracuse was laced with similar shady practices....the Town was foolish to think that the son would not behave in a similar manner
The Mayor and City Council's control of over $151,000,000 million dollars would be the best thing to happen in Rochester since nothing else has ever worked. I would like to see it tried for five years to see if things will improve. If the City is healthy the County of Monroe will be healthy. As well, the inverse could be true. We can do it now or later..
Craig R. Moffitt
Why is Mayor Lovely Warren acting like she's still running for mayor? I sense lots of missing pieces. Maybe mayoral control means Gantt control. Warren needs to start revealing more because this isn't adding up.
The mayoral control bill is going nowhere anyway. So, in this case, their relationship seems to be one of synergistic failure.
The RCSD has about 6,500 employees, while the city has about 3,500. That would be a big pill to swallow! If I was the mayor taking over the school district would make me very nervous.
"She used to work in his office..." Seriously? She is/was his Chief of Staff. Why the attempt to distance the two? He cleared the decks for her to get appointed to City Council. Why deny that Gantt and Warren are joined at the hip?
Sorry meant to type Matthew Sheppard. Correction.
America certainly has changed. All of you who are happy they got fired, there will be a time when you get in trouble for something you say. We cannot have this public lynching. Whether or not you agree with their statements, most of the country does agree. Yet we all have to keep quiet about it. This is very Orwellian and scary. It's Donald Sterling getting booted out of the NBA for being illegally wiretapped in his own private life or it's radio DJs getting fired for not violating any FCC rules. Understand this, this PC movement will affect you in your own personal life. Then I hope you will see the error of demonizing people with a differing opinion from yours. There is a HUGE difference from what they said and hateful speech. I'm sure people like Michael Sheppard would have loved if people only said these trivial things to him. In your efforts to be tolerant, you have become intolerant of other people's opinions.
So-called public financing is another outrageous taxpayer ripoff that shovels your hard-earned dollars into the grubby hands of incumbent politicians and vested interests. Since they control the purse strings, you can forget ever getting a reformer on the ballot. Oh, and of course, you will be supporting — completely involuntarily — candidates and causes inimical to your own beliefs and interests. It's an insane, unconstitutional, un-American scheme.
About right, some might say, for the Defunct Empire State and her Little Caesar.
Mike ...I did not say that at all. Try reading the comments again. Most of my comments were about the Rochester City School District's miserable failure in educating all students and graduating students in 12 years with an education that means something ...and not just going on to college if at all. Then I moved on to the lack of jobs in Rochester irregardless of Race. I also commented on Mayor Warren's fear of getting Mayoral Control and then not getting re-elected as a result of that single issue. Maybe I was not clear in my writing and comments. No where did I say what you have implied. You said it... Look at the NYS statistics on unemployed in Rochester. I believe you will find the real statistics alarming .
Craig R. Moffitt
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