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Re: “Second chance for controversial fire program

I have a 17 years old boy that would like to be in a program firefighters and he goes to East High school could you let me know about any program out there thanks

Posted by Nancy Ortiz on 10/12/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “NYSUT sues state over Common Core tests

They cannot release test questions due to "test security ".
Which means students cannot view their tests to see where they went wrong. Which means students cannot learn a single thing from these tests. And as a parent- you have no idea where your student is string and where they are weak. Remember when you brought your tests home and your parents sat down at the dining room table and went over it with you ? Remember that. "Aha " moment when you realized what you'd done wrong- and how to do it right?
Those days are gone. No viewing the test. No learning from your mistakes. No ability for parents to participate and help their kids. God help am education system that completely removes parents playing a role in teaching their kids. The disregard for the benefit of involved parents is nothing short of mind blowing.
I love how common core boasts that the system will now equalize education "regardless of the zip code". At least on this front common core pushers actually are telling the truth: Now every child, regardless of where they live, is left to their own devices. Now NO child has the benefit of involved parents.

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Posted by Chris on 10/11/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “NYSUT sues state over Common Core tests

The official claim of common core is that the purpose of this massive testing is so that teachers, parents and students can see where students are falling short and get immediate intervention where needed. But the tests cannot be seen ? Then what in the world is the purpose of the test? I would really like to know the answer to that question.

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Posted by Chris on 10/11/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD

Students are perceptive....they are protesting the antiquity of the curriculum, the classroom environment & lack of social conscious electives. Nobody is studying the behavior, cause the wrong people are on the task force. More money, no solutions....guess its desgned that way.

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Posted by lemme say it on 10/11/2014 at 10:44 PM

Re: “NYSUT sues state over Common Core tests

The entire common core and testing was put in our schools behind the backs of parents, so you have to ask your self why? We see the damage done from common core and insane testing every day. I am thankful many teachers are standing against common core and testing in our state.

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Posted by Rosemary Martin on 10/11/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Groups target sub-minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers

If a waitress makes $5 an hour and brings in $10 in tips, then that's $15. It means that customers are paying two thirds of her salary. Everyone should realize that tipping is essential and NOT an extra bonus for good service.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/10/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD

This article FAILS to address the most basic and most important reason of them all: the students' HOME.
Each of us, whether we accept it or not, reflect what is going on in our private lives, it is unavoidable. Let's address the white elefant in the room:
If the city community leaders worked on changing the messages people hear from comunity organizers/preacher on "sunday mornings" to one of respect to others, instead of one of challenge to authority and the schools re-shifted their efforts to involve parents/guardian more into the lives of their children (specially the absent by choice kind of parents/guardians), I guarantee you you will see a huge change in the classrooms and grades.
This is not an easy solution but it is the right solution IMHO.

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Posted by acadreamer on 10/10/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Ginna's future in jeopardy

Frankspeak....maybe you can show everyone just how safe nuclear power is by opening up your back yard for the storage of the spent fuel rods....

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/10/2014 at 6:45 AM

Re: “NYSUT sues state over Common Core tests

Possibly the best and most thoroughly researched anti-Common Core presentation to date. [54 minute video]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w4xD7nzLD8&feature=youtu.be

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Posted by John Eppolito on 10/10/2014 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Feedback 10/8

I so appreciate SUE STARPOLI's letter. Columbus Day should be celebrated as "Indigenous Peoples" Day.

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Posted by OD on 10/09/2014 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Ginna's future in jeopardy

We have cheep hydro power just 60 miles west of Rochester. Why can't we get any here? Oh yeah, Buffalo, which just got $1 billion from taxpayers and will soon get another $1 billion from us for a new football stadium won't let us have any.

Thanks Buffalo-
they call themselves "the city of good neighbors"
what a joke

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Posted by johnny on 10/09/2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Ginna's future in jeopardy

It's the government that has caused the cost to get so out of control. Ask anyone who works or has worked there. If you want to change a light bulb, someone must write a plan, get it approved and then a half dozen people can then procede with the task. Think about that!!!! Something as simple as changing a light bulb costs thousands of dollars.

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Posted by johnny on 10/09/2014 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Ginna's future in jeopardy

Although isn't a large plant, it's made huge contributions to clean, safe and most important reliable base load electricity. Electric systems must be balanced in terms of supply and demand. NY refuses to install higher voltage transmission lines which would help the situation. As more and more coal and oil plants are taken off-line system balance shifts. The nations transmission infrastructure is old and weak. We can't address these issues piecemeal, we need a national energy policy that takes advantage of all sorts of generation. We have very significant hydro resources up-state but most of that goes to NYC and Long Island. Gas turbines are cheap and easy to operate, but sourcing natural gas by hydrofracking if fraught with significant risks. Cuomo and his dad hate nuclear and fail to recognize how vital the plants in NY are. Every elected official wants to kick the can down the road. Sooner or later we will have a power crisis. High lever nuclear waste (spent fuel) is NOT a technical problem, it's been solved at Yucca mountain. It's a political problem. Elected officials and the public don't want to take the time to learn about the issue. In my opinion based on more than 20 years in the nuclear industry, we need more nukes, not less. Natural gas should be used to heat homes not generate electricity. Oil should be used for transportation and the petrochemical industry. Nukes can make electricity from uranium and we could power cars and railroads with the power they produce. We need educated, long term strategic thinking to move forward.

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Posted by frankspeak on 10/09/2014 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Feedback 10/8

Nicely put.

Posted by Wendy Lynn Low on 10/08/2014 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Rochester's bike boulevard experiment

wonder if the city will plow these these boulevards in the winter

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Posted by kyle on 10/08/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Boxtrolls"

We brought our 3 1/2 year old to this. Unfortunately we purchased the 3D version. For her 1st 3D she did great, but I agree, I don't think we really needed to see the film in this format. She did enjoy the movie as did I.

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Posted by bbanke on 10/08/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Boxtrolls"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG9xwJFNgJI

Posted by Steverino on 10/08/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Rochester's bike boulevard experiment

Not to mention (Rochester makes greats pains not to) bike boulevards will look nice on Climate Change adaptation strategies.

Getting more folks out of their gas guzzlers so they can bike more safely through our city will reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA say 27% of our greenhouse gases come from transportation.

But in Rochester there seems to be a concerted effort to disconnect active transportation (walking and bicycling) from what is stated in all climate studies and even local transportation studies, that more active transportation is a real strategy for addressing Climate Change.

Instead of the city educating the public on Climate Change, as is their responsibility (especially under the state’s Climate Smart Communities program, they seem terrified of doing so.

Why in Monroe County and in the City of Rochester is Climate Change so not being communicated to the public?

Why are all Rochester’s Climate Change efforts being conducted behind closed doors, instead of in the public, where the public absolutely needs to know what their government is doing to adapt to Climate Change?

More on Transportation in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/communting…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 10/08/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD

OMG-more studies and even a task force. A few good teachers, principals and parents along with representative students can come up with more productive remedies in a week. Community groups need not get involved. They often distract from honest solutions. If they really wanted to be a part of the solution they would be working in the hallways and classrooms.

The simple fact is that discipline is just one just one element of a broader student management issue and student management is a mess because the broader systems themselves are chaotic. Any effective system, process, policy, etc., is dependent upon universal understanding and consistent enforcement. This is a fact. All successful organizations ensure that their employees and stakeholders understand the expectations and how these are enforced. The RCSD does a pitiful job at this.

The district gives the schools one day to prepare before school opens-ONE DAY! The girl scouts spend more time getting their candy sellers prepared. Study on Garth.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 10/08/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Siena Poll puts Funke well ahead of O'Brien in Senate race

The problem with O'Brien is that he has yet to introduce himself again to voters. Yeah, he's a state senator. BIG deal. Most people in Rochester barely know who the governor is and routinely have no clue who's their congressional representative (everyone ALWAYS has assumed it's Slaughter, even before her redistricting, when Monroe County was carved into four separate districts).
Funke has the advantage b/c he's a well-known media "personality", whereas O'Brien who is a good decent man, is being tagged as an "Albany politician". The response to that should be: News flash, when you are in the state legislature, it meets in Albany. And when you are elected to political office, you're a politician. If you want to serve people, go wait on the elderly at a retirement home. When you are in politics, you are a politician. O'Brien was the county Democratic chairman for two years, a county legislator for eight years (the legislative minority leader for the last two years) and a state senator for the last 22 months. O'Brien should be re-elected b/c he deserves it.

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Posted by sean on 10/07/2014 at 9:56 AM

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