Bravo! This is a great start. Kudos to Van White and all who worked so hard at creating this. Pay attention this is how a school board should be run. The days of watching the titanic sink are over. Vargas it's time for you to lead. We are watching and will NOT let something so important as educating our children die. No politics, distracting mind games will be tolerated. Like many parents, I take education seriously. This collaboration gives me hope for positive change. These kids are craving to find even a little scrap of hope. Let's all keep our eyes on the prize. Our children's education will not be played with.
Sorry, but RIT is in Henrietta, the epitome of car-oriented suburban sprawl. A hopeless situation.
You should make sure the reporting is fair and balanced. Then maybe take a ride up to Niagara Falls NY and you can decide if that's what you want Henrietta to look like. I lived near Niagara Falls for years and post-Seneca development I can tell you nothing has changed. We were promised "more businesses will want to come here, etc" just like Henrietta will be promised, do yourselves a favor and don't fall for it.
The possible casino proposed by the Seneca Indian Nation in Henrietta should be given fair consideration by all concerned. And, I will make sure that happens through fair and balanced discussion in the Henrietta Community.
RIT actually has a very nice crushed gravel trail that runs from the Canal at UR, follows the transmission lines down across East River and Crittenden Roads and comes out at Jefferson and Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. I've ridden it to kickball on Crittenden before, it's quite nice.
It is Keuka College, not Keuka Community College. We are a fully-accredited, four-year school that was founded in 1890!
So! What about RIT? UR shouldn't have all the fun. :)
Hmmm...they sound accessible. Will people in wheelchairs be allowed to use them as many sidewalks are unusable?
From a WXXI news story in September 2012: “The Rochester City School District ranks among the top 10 in the nation when it comes to per pupil spending for large school districts. That’s according to Govistics - a web-based product of the Center for Governmental Research. The data shows Rochester spends nearly $20,984 per student…Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas calls the report inaccurate. He says the district spends roughly $17,000 per student.” Oh, it's only $17,000 per student.
For that kind of money those student should be getting college degrees! Will throwing more money at the RCSD make it do a better job educating students? Maybe we should try spending $30,000 or $40,000 per student per year and see it that helps.
Thanks for bringing the error to our attention. We've corrected the article.
1. Kress started in 2009, not 1999.
2. She has no right to discourage kids from earning degrees in liberal arts, especially finance, because she has bachelor's degrees in English and finance and a master's degree in English, which is one of the less employable degrees out there. Plus a Ph.D. in higher education administration, which is another example of degree inflation.
It is easy to complain about our taxes. What I rarely hear are what should be cut from the budget. I always read about how poor the economy is and with how much of our tax dollars are spent on 'Economic Development', I expect there would be demonstrated positive results. After all there are metrics for teachers, why not for economic development?
Frankly, I believe schools are failing (anyone else surprised when a cashier can't make change without an app?, or cannot write a coherent sentence? ). We can't have a whole school of bad teachers. We do have an elitist State Board of Education. My suspicion is that money alone will not solve this, nor will Charter Schools, or home schooling. Tuition costs have risen well beyond inflation, My alma maters are not shy about asking for donations (as are our public schools). Why?
I am going to sound like older folks I made fun of when I was a teenager by saying I wish some things were the way they used to be. The rich didn't amass huge salaries (including benefits) as a measure of their personal worth, it was how much in taxes they paid. Schools didn't pander to those kids who didn't want to learn. While we are all created equally, we all do not have the same abilities. That fact seems to be ignored. College was not expected for everyone, there were other respected paths to a good living.
We respected each other a lot more. We spent a lot less time in self promotion. We worked together to address problems. We didn't always insist our way was the only way. We didn't have African, Italian, Polish, Puerto Rican hyphenated Americans (everyone celebrated their cultures at home).
We are the highest taxed state in America. We have some of the highest property taxes too. We are also the most business-unfriendly state and the population is declining steadily as people flee the economic conditions brought on by our liberal tax-and-spend utopia. And yet all of the groups who are on the receiving end of the state's largesse are in total denial. They just want the money to keep on coming regardless of the taxpayer's ability, and the state economy, to support unlimited funding. The problem is sooner or later you run out of other peoples' money and we've reached that point in New York.
Finally! An uplifting and hopeful article about city schools!
As always, some groups whine that we need to spend more on schools, show some improvement and I might agree, but the money always seems to make no difference to anyone except the salaries of the same local groups that have not contributed to better the education process.
Questions concerning ISS (in school suspensions)
1) what happened to the PM schools? Back in the spring of 2013, the RTA highlighted that the PM school will be offered to violent offenders. Instead staff and students are suffering with these violent repeat offenders in the school. Resources are being used up to "do something with these kids" with dire results- hence the Douglass campus fiasco.
2) why were teachers removed from the ISS room? I thought the purpose was for ISS students to receive instruction . If they're not receiving instruction what is the purpose?
School needs to focus on education - not babysitting services. Let some other overfunded program deal with giving these kids what they need. The district is overburdening its schools with ridiculous expectations that they know is impossible for buildings to keep up with. Vargas: stop padding your cabinet and staff your buildings efficiently. Or are you too overwhelmed ( your words) to even do this. I put my money on van white- the only individual who has the guts to fix some of these problems.
Add the number of news seats to be absorbed by a pool of already extremely competitive entertainment dollars and you have guaranteed financial issues.
A probable annual deficit SHOULD be a sticking point.
(*steps on soapbox*) Even though I like the story part and appreciate the efforts to draw attention to mental health issues, I feel like there should be a third part of this series talking about the sheer LACK of resources in Rochester. Putting a list at the bottom doesn't really help. Once someone finally works up the courage to reach out for help, they don't want to be given the runaround. Most of the places listed have a several month waiting list. Most independent psychologists in this area also have waiting lists, and forget even trying to find a psychiatrist for medication management. Everyone I talked to told me to go through my PCP because of the lack of psychiatrists in this area. Also, having to wait several months to see someone can be the difference between someone starting to get better and slitting their wrists. They also don't mention eating disorders and related resources anywhere. Considering ED's are mental disorders and it's NEDA Week, it seems poor form not to call that out somewhere. (*steps off soapboax*)
I like the idea's and the future potential of all. ! <3
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