Anyone that thinks Rochester / Monroe County is a "joke" should try to give us more detail upon what the joke is about our Area.
I have one child who spent k-12, one starting his senior year, and one going in to 5th grade, all in Raleigh.
While the county is seemingly too large for all the schools to be together, it does have advantages. Bill was right about the biggest advantage for us being the whole county shares the bill, yet, it really sucks when the outlying areas have to close for ice when we didn't get any. The magnet program was designed to encourage higher socio-economic families to attend inner city schools. Being a huge county means we have lots of magnet programs, even If it means longer bus rides. I can also tell you, firsthand, that bussing doesn't always,mean longer bus rides. My older two were bussed, but there were only 3 stops; their trip was about 30 minutes. I have friends whose kids go to more neighborhood schools, who make stops every 50-100 feet; the average bus ride is 45-60 minutes.
Hopefully the idiotic powers that were are done trying to argue to end bussing, and essentially re-segregate schools. I would have thought about pulling them out immediately! I will not go back to that era with my kids. Schools with mostly poor kids don't get teachers or supplies. I applauded Del Burns for his statement. The quote from the parent who asked his kid of his friend was white or black, but didn't want them to see skin color is stupid. Why would he ask if didn't want the kid to see skin color. I have never asked any of my boys what color theor friend was!
I'm sorry that Steve's sister has had an awful experience. We've had 2 horrible teachers, but both retired. We've also been super lucky that the boys only went to 1 school each at each level (elementary, middle, high). My oldest 2 at the largest high school in the county (not Garner), and with no trailers. As a matter of fact, none of my children have gone to a school with temporary trailers.
Raleigh's school system's issues have always been growing too fast, and an inability by leaders to foresee what that would mean.
No place in NC is an example of something to mimic, especially the schools. NC has some of the lowest paid, least happy teachers in the nation. The students also score in the lowest percentile in the nation. Just meet a NC native, It is few and far between that you meet one of above average intelligence. NC is a poor example for your story. Besides the elderly that retire, 99% of the people that leave NY for NC are the dregs of our economy. They are hardly a loss.
Rochester is a JOKE !!!!
This would be a great investment and at a minimum a consistent Fast Bus System or LRT/Streetcar system connecting, RIT, U of R, and downtown would have a great benefit to this community and likely would see the highest usage. Parking is expensive and limited at both rapidly growing universities, and why not have a means to connect them to downtown and use our city as a place to collaborate and innovate.
This is wonderful! Thank you Mayor Warren and Mr. Segal for you idea! These children need our help. It is not safe for them to return home now. I support opening our community to as many of these kids as we can. We have a lot of resources to share and many kind people to help. Rochester is a great place for these kids to stay while their future is in limbo.
Same thing occurring off East Ave with two clubs that pay city property taxes without any of their children in the school district. However, there have been many police calls to the establishments ( what is the bill for those services ? ) How do we balance service costs, crime and business owners trying to make a living in a neighborhood. More security at the owners cost or more police calls to the locations ? What is fair and what is not fair for all parties involved ? Well...the court said no and upheld the club owners rights ,in a legal court of law, for this circumstance, at all taxpayers expense. Now we move on to East Ave. and will see what happens next in the legal courts.
Mark, I understand your frustration with the city school system and its failing students. What Raleigh seems to have done is create an environment which changes the mathematical distribution of families by creating magnet schools - thus scores/number of graduates improves. That would be expected. But it does not solve the underlying problem, it only dissolves it a bit. If we don't develop a plan to educate both child and parent from the poor neighborhood, they who are poorly educated will continue to exists. It is the lack of respect for education in our city homes which creates an environment for failure. If a parent failed in school, and has no use for that facility, you can't get the kid there. If a parent can't read, he or she can't help a kid to learn to read, if they can't do math, they can't help their child do math. If the parent never developed a good value system and ethics, they can't teach/re-enforce a good attitude in their kids. I have to laugh at the State, District and U of R solution to the East High problem. They are attacking a aspect of the facility, the teaching faculty, which will not improve the student outcome. Not one parent of a failing student will be affected by this new approach and thus the real problem related to the failure of students at East will not be solved. Lastly, more money in the wrong place also solves no problems, a beautiful well equipped facility with a teaching staff with a list of suffixes after their names cannot fix a problem which they have no contact with, parents...... Not sure what you really learned in Raleigh, but until we figure out how to change the culture of the city family, nothing can be accomplished in the classroom.
The type of "crisis" is irrelevant. US government is in a better position financially and logistically to deal with crises, no matter what they are. They shouldn't shove it down to the state or local governments to deal with it. Maybe the UN come here and address this "refugee crisis"?
Schools in Raleigh are horrible. My sister has 3 kids in the school system, and it is failing them spectacularly. The teachers are severely underpaid, and that is clearly evident in their performance. She regrets her decision to move down there and raise her kids. Combining the whole county under one school district has been a logistical nightmare. Children are forced to change schools due to over crowding all the time, and rarely get to be around kids for long enough to form lasting friendships. School taxes are county wide, so people in poor rural areas are subsidizing the education of poor urban kids. Here that would mean if Irondequoit needed a new pool, people in Wheatland would be helping to pay for it. Also, since the whole county is under one district, if one school shuts down for bad weather, every school in the county shuts down. Here that would mean if there is too much snow in Hamlin, Pittsford-Mendon would have to close too.
It is a refugee crisis not necessarily an immigration crisis in my opinion.
Craig R Moffitt
"As long as the County of Monroe and the City of Rochester equally share any costs above and beyond what the Federal Gov't does not cover.."
No way. Rochester and Monroe County should foot the bill for ANY costs for this. It is a federal government-caused crisis that is theirs to fund and fix. It is not NY States' problem either. These children all need to be sent home ASAP.
In response to last week's article on the 1964 riots, I'd like to pick up and run with the idea of countywide magnet schools. I happen to have experience as a founding administrator of a district sponsored charter school in AZ and have raised over $2 million in grants for schools during the course of my career. I would like to pull together a planning committee of interested individuals, government officials, businesses, churches, and community organizations. My idea would be to pen a school geared at helping students gain entrance to highly-selective colleges. This I believe reaches across race and class as tier one schools operate need=blind admissions and are accessible to all students who demonstrate ability regardless of demographics. Contact me if you would be interested in attending an information session to discuss working together. Let's stop talking about the segregation in our community and DO something about it!
As long as the County of Monroe and the City of Rochester equally share any costs above and beyond what the Federal Gov't does not cover, if any, I wholly support the efforts of The City of Rochester to further study and determine the entire feasibility of such an effort to protect children, women and teenagers, fleeing illegally from crime, oppression by a Govt', or Drug Cartel Violence, that may be housed in the near future, on a temporary basis only, in our City and County of Monroe.
Craig R. Moffitt
There are two different options here. The wrong option was chosen. This option called for government provided training programs. Mrs. Warren also has called for a raise in the minimum wage.
The capitalist option costs the taxpayer zero dollars and yet provides real on the job training and responsibility, and the person gets paid to learn and feel dignity. Stop messing with the entry level wages and let people at least get a start.
More people downtown 24/7. Very cool. Plus, having signed leases will help the developer get financing and expedite the project.
The last time I worked with Bob Duffy and Wade Norwood was in 1993 about problems in my neighborhood ( N. Goodman and Bay ). Thank Gos that Wade and Bob helped me. At the time,there were 1000 abandoned properties. To date, there are 2400 abandoned properties in the City of Rochester Limits and counting. Equal ground in jobs , education, housing and more are some of the answers. However, living a moral life is the final answer.
Craig R. Moffitt
Questions Mayor Warren
What type of jobs are available for individuals with a very low academic level ?
If you say they need training, what type of training ,and what jobs will be available to them with this training ?
What has been the success rate of labor training, and employment in construction ,building, and other work areas ?
What jobs will be available for the forty _ nine percent school dropout rate?
How many companies have you spoken with about hiring low academic level employs ?
HAVE A NICE DAY.
" To build or renovate housing costs money. If people can't afford it, subsidies are needed to build it or to rent it, right? Whether the federal, state or local taxpayers get the bill, it's still subsidized. If the population of the city has dropped from 300,000 to 210,000 there should be plenty of housing around ". ( There is plenty of housing in Rochester but it is abandoned; beyond repair; or stripped of its valued materials or a crack drug house ). So what do we do ? What is your plan ? Taking care of your family is good and I applaud that in every way. But the problems are larger and greater than just " your family". When all of us in Rochester and Monroe County wake up to those facts then it will be even a great place to live work and raise children of any race or color. You did not answer the question and have a plan for the $8.99 per assessed value per parcel , of your propeerty,of your money that the County of Monroe is already giving to COMIDA and LDC's ?
crm: To build or renovate housing costs money. If people can't afford it, subsidies are needed to build it or to rent it, right? Whether the federal, state or local taxpayers get the bill, it's still subsidized. If the population of the city has dropped from 300,000 to 210,000 there should be plenty of housing around. No, I don't have a plan to get people to move back into the city. I figure that taking care of myself and my family is my priority and not being a burden to anyone is enough for me. I'm tired of the guilt trip being laid on people who work hard, pay their (exorbitant) taxes and try to be left alone.
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