While it is true that students at the age that most of the City School district students are who wait for the buses now relocated on Main St. near Clint can be very active, vocal and excited that should not cover up the role the Transit Authority has played in decision=making with little thought to the City at large or to its realities. Perhaps this is because the Commissioners who represent the Authority largely come from suburban and outlying areas. The current decision to move the bus stop from the shelter at the Liberty Pole area to Main and Clinton raises serious questions of judgement. The area near the liberty pole is a bigger space than the one on Main which of course means that the large number of students who wait for buses at the previous site would cause more crowding when moved to the sidewalks on Main. It;s a mere visual check. Both the Transit Authority , the City and the School Superintendent claim the other made the decision to move the stop. Of course this points to another problem that of the lack of real communication among the players. This type of distant involvement by the RGRTA is common but not excusable. The Authority rarely asks adult bus riders who depend on the bus for real feedback and solutions to some of the related problems. The so called town hall meetings the Authority holds do not provide an organized way for the collective action that would be needed by those relying on the bus to have. Instead, the town hall meetings are there to be used to satisfy speech but not to organize for needed changes. Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects related to the change in bus stops is the images of primarily black students being contained by police on horses who from my observation were noisy yes excited and lively yes but not violent. Those that set this change in motion have not been the focus as they should be. I contacted WXXI when the earlier reporting was done and presented the view that I am now writing about but the reports that followed by the media continued to omit any further evaluation or accountability. Bonnie Cannan
"The RPO shot itself in both feet when it showed Arild Remmereit to the door, and I predict an extended period for recovery."
MARTIN FASS - Would that be the Same Arild Remmereit who just slammed a similar door on the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and its patrons, despite they're throwing him a life line which he may, or may not, have deserved?
As to the need to hear musical talent live, what's your opinion of Caruso? And what process will future generations use to evaluate Pavarotti? Care to go on the (ahem) "record"?
" it makes sense that she’d want to keep grinding her way to the November 5 goal line.
"Grinding away"? Excuse me? What's left to grind? The November election is over. Finished. A done deal. A fait accompli. Trato hecho. Alles fertig. The public knows it. Warren knows it. Richards knows it. And White knows it. Apparently City is one of the few who missed that fact.
If Warren truly wants to get her message about her plans for the city out to ALL the people of Rochester and not just to those living in her political comfort zone, then a broadcast debate or discussion of issues with White is the way to do it. By refusing to do so and handing out flimsy and laughable excuses she merely makes many conclude that she can’t stand the heat, no matter how tepid that heat may be.
What is Lovely Warren hiding? Maybe her ideas won't hold up against Alex White's ideas?
Lovely Warren quickly went from being the Democratic outsider to the Democratic candidate acting like she is heir apparent and cannot be bothered with debating another candidate.
Why is Lovely Warren afraid to debate? Rochester needs a fearless Mayor to do what is necessary, not a candidate who is afraid of speaking opening and honestly with another candidate about the future of Rochester.
Ask Kodak retirees how good a pension plan is. I'll bet most of them wish they'd had more of their retirement money in a 401(k) or IRA type plan.
The so-called jobs will be filled by out of state oil workers from Montana, Louisiana and other states where they already have fracking established. My hometown of Wheeling, WV has been overrun by the fracking industry and it is horrible. You will not benefit from fracking. the roads will be cluttered with trucks day and night and these out of state migrant workers will establish temporary housing with no regard or care for their temporary communities.
I would rather see what other organizations that are concerned with poverty and progressive solutions rather than depending on these guys who have for years supported privatization of services and avoid fair tax rates for the most wealthy. Contact other groups for their plans including Howie Hawkins for the New Green Deal and Fiscal Policy Institute. We do not need anymore shortsided let the rich get richer schemes.
You can sign my petition to get the media to run debates with or without all candidates here: http://tinyurl.com/pwrmmf9 If you support the cause consider resharing on social media.
If City Newspaper and the D&C would stop blindly endorsing Democrats every year for City Specific races candidates might actually be forced to debate and lay their cards on the table.
I think Carlin said it best.
"Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're f***ed. "
I just figured Warren's policies would be "more of the same." So if you like more crime, more police brutality, failing schools, a huge chunk of the city below the poverty line, lousy public transportation, and tax breaks for out-of-town corporations, well, by all means, vote for her. I'd say correct me if I'm wrong, but she won't come out and answer questions about what she stands for, so I can only assume ...
At the moment fracking is about the only glimmer of hope on the American economic landscape. By allowing our dimwitted politicians to drag their feet, New Yorkers are getting left behind for no good reason!
Teenagers and fights: My first thought after reading the article was, "Of course those kids are angry. They are sick and tired of living in poverty with no viable way OUT. " There are no jobs for them, precious little to motivate or encourage them to maintain hope that they can BE somebody and DO something meaningful. I'd be angry, too. Poverty is at the root of all evils in our city. Living with the deprivations and hopelessness every day is enervating. Let's see some work on THAT, instead of finger-pointing and posturing about who's at fault for the violent tendencies among the children.
'Town Board member Bill Mulligan says that the dual permits are meant to keep the food trucks and carts from "bouncing around" the town.'
Good idea, make sure the mobile food vehicles don't move.
May we assume that none of the members of Unshackle New York or any of their pet politicians live near, or plan to move to , those areas where fracking will take place?
And of course none of this merry band has the slightest personal economic investment or involvement with any of the gas or construction/pipeline companies, do they?
Peking Humonculous (shouldn't that be Beijing Humonculous?) - As I recall in 2009 Rochester was granted several millions in federal stimulus funding to fill in the old canal bed/subway tunnel under Broad Street from the river to near Nick Tahou’s and to repair the deteriorated surface pavement. I think the work was completed in 2010. Not sure what the recent construction is all about.
Economic status is not the only difference between the student populations of urban and suburban school districts...duh. Maybe the problem IS that teachers in the RCSD ARE teaching exactly the same way as the teachers in Webster. If teachers believe that they truly are "swappable" for other districts; it clearly explains why they're so "ineffective" and "need improvement". While Urbanski seems to be so surprised, this most certainly comes as no surprise to me. I am equally concerned about the high number of appeals but not as it relates to the APPR evaluation. My serious concern is that so may "ineffective" teachers that obviously "need improvement" manage to keep their jobs and continue to fail the students. Contrary to popular believe, working HARD does not equate to working RIGHT. For once, I would love to see Urbanski and the teachers of the RCSD do the one thing they're always demanding of the students and parents/guardians/caretakers: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!!!
Maureen--The poverty argument cuts both ways. As a mom in both the RCSD and a high-performing district, I would add that systems behave differently depending on the social capital of the families they serve. Parent calls are more likely to be returned in a district where parents have economic and political power, etc..
When are we going to address the real issue? POVERTY! Having taught in both the RCSD and the suburbs it's not the teachers who are different. Both are dedicated and hard working and qualified. It is the level of poverty of the children they are working with. Until we as a state and a country decide to deal with that nothing will change.
PARENT & COMMUNITY ALERT: WE NEED TO STAY AWAKE. DON'T BE ROCKED TO SLEEP BY EMPTY TALK FROM NEW YORK STATE'S COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION. REMEMBER --- KING IS TO NEW YORK --- WHAT VARGAS IS
TO ROCHESTER.THE ARTICLE BELOW SHOULD LEAVE US ASKING 'WHAT?!'..... 'WHAT?!' ....... AND HERE'S WHY:
1. King "praised Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for steps Vargas has taken to convert potential into academic gains: implementing extended learning, increasing of instruction, improving attendance, and focusing on reading."
a) So-called "extended learning, and increasing of instruction" amounts to longer school days for a handful of Rochester City School District (RCSD) schools --- with absolutely no coherent explanations, or believable evidence --- as to how this will magically result in "academic gains."
b) We are ONLY 5 weeks into the new school year. It is virtually impossible to determine if any lasting, substantial, improvement has occurred regarding "attendance."
c) What (specifically) has Vargas done to increase "focus on reading?" Telling parents to get library cards for their children, and telling them to read to / with their children does not count relative to increased "focus." What else (specifically) has he done? I'm posting this on the RCSD's face book page --- let's see if anyone in the district answers the latter question.
2. King "said that he not only appreciates what Vargas has done to improve Rochester’s schools, but that he’s also impressed by the superintendent’s sense of urgency."
a) Anyone can SAY they have a "sense of urgency." Considering the deep, deep-seated very old, worsening crisis within the RCSD --- what in the heck else would we expect the Superintendent to SAY? We've heard about highly-paid people having a "sense of urgency" for decades, but the proof is in the pudding --- so to speak. What (specifically) has Vargas DONE to convince us that he has a "sense of urgency"?
3. King "said that Buffalo's schools making excuses for low student achievement because the population is largely poor and has many English language learners isn’t acceptable."
a) IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT THAN IN ROCHESTER? Don't we hear the exact same "excuses" on a daily basis --- emanating from many who work in the RCSD? What's the difference?
4. "When asked what else the community of Rochester should do to improve student achievement in city schools, King said Rochester will need to increasingly turn to its corporate citizens for help with wraparound services, he said. Rochester is fortunate to have an education-minded company like Wegmans,"
a) According to King, apparently, the RCSD does not need to turn to parents, ordinary citizens, and grassroots community members for help, but instead, needs to turn to "corporate citizens." WHAT?! So, we're suppose to view Danny Wegmans, and other such, so-called "corporate citizens" as the saviors of OUR children --- right! We saw exactly how well that's likely to succeed --- by way of the mess that was made at former Frederick Douglass Campus recently.
b) Apparently all King, Vargas, Wegmans, and the big-business community needs from parents, and grassroots citizens, and community members is for us to "share high expectations for students."
c) John King has visited Rochester at least several times over the past few months, and obviously, it never occurred to him, and/or his handlers that perhaps he should have met with those of us who have the most at stake --- the most to lose, i.e., OUR children --- even if all he wants from us is for us to "share high expectations for students."
I don't know about y'all, but I smell a dirty, stinking, political-rat, especially when considering that --- as it relates to academic performance --- the RCSD is literally at the bottom of the very old, status-quo-urban-education-barrel (even lower than Buffalo). We must remain alert, and astute. We can not allow snake-oil-peddling John King, Bolgen Vargas, or anyone else to bamboozle, and hoodwink us into believing that substantial academic progress, and improvement is right around the corner. There is no evidence --- I repeat not one, single iota of concrete evidence that this is so. In fact, all of the concrete evidence seems to indicate the exact opposite.
WE NEED A BROAD-BASED, GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT OF PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, STUDENTS, ACTIVISTS, RIGHTEOUS EDUCATORS AND POLITICIANS, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO IS REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT WORKING COOPERATIVELY, COLLABORATIVELY, AND CONSISTENTLY TO PRODUCE MUCH-NEEDED, WIDESPREAD, PERMANENT, SYSTEMIC CHANGE AND IMPROVEMENT, WHICH MUST NECESSARILY INCLUDE PUSHING BACK AGAINST CORPORATE-LED, SO-CALLED, "EDUCATION REFORM," WHICH REALLY IS MORE AKIN TO DEFORM.
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