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Re: “Profits or passing grades?

Pearson also owns and operates the DATA system used by most districts including the RCSD to input APPR scores, etc, etc. We are all pawns in their game.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 02/11/2015 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

In NYS, Pearson designs/sells the tests that are used to evaluate students and teachers, and makes sure that they are designed so that the majority of students fail. Pearson designs/sells the remedial materials and progress monitoring materials that districts are required to implement to "fix" the failure. Pearson designs/sells online resources that worried parents/teachers/districts use to help. It is a "fixed" system alright, and Pearson is the only winner. Follow the money, for money is "the root of all evil". None of this has anything to do with improving education or benefiting kids.

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Posted by retiremenow on 02/11/2015 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Are we really willing to tackle poverty?

So you're going to ask somebody in poverty how to get out of poverty sean? What do you know about the people who live in those "million dollar homes", or what the family history of Morelle or Mayor Warren is. For all you know they could have had a history of poverty within their own family and they pulled themselves out of it. I grew up myself in a dirt poor family and I'm far from living in poverty myself now. But I bet I know a thing or two about how to get out of poverty due to pulling myself up by my bootstraps.

I'd rather hear from business leaders and those who have the power to actually implement change then to go to the poorest neighborhoods and ask them "how" they can get out of poverty. The obvious answer they would give is " and jobs". But do they have the power to create those jobs or know where to even start? Obviously not if the vast majority still live in poverty. We elect officials for a reason. And that's because we do NOT live in a true Democracy. It's a REPUBLIC. We elect officials to represent us. How about we actually let them try to and represent us instead of criticizing at every turn and asking that every Tom, Dick and Harry have a say in every single decision made.

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Posted by jasonw12 on 02/11/2015 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Are we really willing to tackle poverty?

Is it possible that Rochester's poverty cannot be tackled? The multiple factors which maintain poverty can be found in every American metro area. Furthermore, poverty is almost always concentrated - have you heard of the metro area where poverty is spread evenly? It doesn't exist. These other metros have "tackled" the problem (largely one of statistics) in one of two ways:

1. "Younger" regions redraw city boundaries to include inner ring suburbs. Not surprisingly, poverty statistics drop significantly. In Rochester's case, including Greece, Irondequoit, Brighton, and Henrietta would drop the poverty rate under 20%.

2. "Older" regions have done a better job of attracting young professionals to their urban centers, thereby bringing up income averages and making their statistics look better.

Given that #1 is unlikely, I would say that maintaining a heavy focus on #2 would be the best use of tax dollars and quite possibly "solve" the poverty issue in the most expedient fashion.

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Posted by AVS on 02/11/2015 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

This is what happens when education is no longer classroom based as it was when I started teaching in 1964.

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Posted by Donald B. Bartalo on 02/10/2015 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Coalition: State should consider poverty when awarding money for child care

The community agenda for Rochester Community Coalition was released asking for 4 million dollars in child care subsidies. They are trying to not only raise money for child care, but change the way it is granted. They plan on doing so by lending this money to child poverty organizations since that is the root of the problem. By spending more on high quality child care they state it will reduce overall welfare and jail fees in the future. To break the cycle of child poverty there needs to be more spending on child care facilities. I completely agree with the Rochester Community Coalition; better funding on child care equals less funding in the future. These children need to be given a chance.

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Posted by Ann Day on 02/10/2015 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Are we really willing to tackle poverty?

You say "We know what caused our poverty crisis. And we know the big steps we have to take to address it effectively."
Please share what caused our poverty crisis and please share what big steps have been taken to address it "effectively". I'm one of the few that needs to be enlightened to what you imply as common knowledge.

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Posted by Don Sherman on 02/10/2015 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Are we really willing to tackle poverty?

There is poverty in the suburbs, too, it's just hidden under the surface. Job losses, overspending, insufficient income; any number of causes. The Brighton Food Depot serves over 800 families every week; almost 1 in 10 families in the town. Then you have East Ave and Sandringham Drive, with million-dollar homes. In the same town. If there's going to be an Anti-Poverty Task Force or Strike Force or whatever, perhaps they could try including someone who lives in poverty on the task force. Morelle has $120,000 income from his 'job' with the state, Warren is the highest-paid mayor of the poorest city in the state and Brooks is hardly suffering in her leafy lakeshore home. What do these people know about poverty?

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Posted by sean on 02/10/2015 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

I frequently use the Transit Center and have never seen anything like what Martin described.

"I have heard numerous stories. . ."

Have you actually witnessed this or are you just repeating rumors?

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Posted by Lily on 02/09/2015 at 1:07 PM

Re: “United for Rochester's sake

As a student of voluntary charitable organizations and the United Way's role in funding them since the 1960s, I have to differ with CEO Peter Carpino's observations that donors "have not given up control" by giving through the UW. He points to the earmarked option in their pledge process which allows donors to designate which organizations they want their contributions to be credited to, or conversely, which organizations they don't want their contributions to support, as was the case during the 80s and 90s at least. What he doesn't say is that all approved organizations must submit an annual budget to UW in order to qualify to receive anything. If donors earmark more than the agreed-upon budget of an organization, they still only receive the previously agreed-upon amount specified in their budget. If donors earmark less than the agreed-upon budget of an organization, they still receive the previously agreed-upon amount specified in their budget. If donors contribute directly to an organization outside of the UW process, the organization is bound to report that to UW, which deducts that amount from the previously agreed-upon budget. In other words, UW in in the position of determining what each individual organization will receive and the control is definitely out of the hands of the donor. The original Community Chest idea was to provide a way for the community to collectively vote with their contributions, rather than to have the UW board and staff determine this. Yes, Mr. Carpino, donors have definitely lost the ability to control where their contributions go. You will probably argue that control needs to be sacrificed when a broader approach to community planning is desired and to some extent I can agree with you. But do donors still have a hand in controlling where their contributions go? The answer is decidedly no.

Marshall L. Smith, PhD, MSW
Professor Emeritus, RIT

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Posted by docsmith on 02/09/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

“If you don’t have the offer of a reward, all you have is the offer of a stick,” he said in a recent interview. “And nobody wants to work for just the stick. There has to be the carrot and the stick.”

Holy %#&*% Batman… what happened to doing your job because you get paid for it. If you don't like it go find another job. GIVING A BONUS FOR DOING YOUR JOB… YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!

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Posted by ITISME on 02/08/2015 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

RGRTA relies heavily on government subsidies for its existence. The monetary bonuses must be eliminated because high level employees are gaming the system and overcompensating themselves. Why not substitute vacation pay for bonus pay? This would probably mean hiring more people. Wouldn't that be a good thing?

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/08/2015 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Finger-pointing won't solve youth fights

Having 1,500 kids transfer through the downtown bus terminal is just a bad idea. It doesn't matter if they are from the poorest section of the city or the richest suburb. Heck, 20 honor students at a party when mom and dad are out of town is a bad idea! They're young, they've been sitting most of the day, and they are bored. It's time to break out the yellow school buses and take the kids strait home.

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Posted by Jim Mayer on 02/07/2015 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Theory: GOP lured Doorley to protect Dinolfo

Christine... in case you have not lived in Rochester Monroe County for a very long time ? Allow me to explain a aspect or view of Democratic and Republican Control of City and County Govt's.

Republicans control the County of Monroe and Democrats control the City of Rochester... Mark Assini almost beat Louise Slaughter and may do so in his next bid against her. Republicans are taking control of the NYS Senate and Democrats control the Assembly.

If Doorly wanted to win this year she had no choice but to switch to the Republican Party to win this year, as District Attorney, in Monroe County by her choice. Cheryl Dinalfo will be the next County Executive ... My hope, in the future, is that Cheryl and Lovely will really begin to work together in more than words and committees...but real meaningful financial commitments and collective, cooperative work between the MC Legislature and City Council... with taxpayer dollars beyond the Morin Ryan Tax Share agreement.

All I would ask of Sandra would be to raise her conviction rate to 99 % instead of the current 94%.

And, finally Sandra Frankel will be the choice of the Monroe County Democratic Committee to run against Cheryl in my opinion. And, I am pretty sure that Sandra approached the Chair of the Monroe County Republican Committee but not in your theory. We will never get the truth in any event...

Craig Robert Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 02/07/2015 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Rochester People's Climate Coalition moves ahead

The Rochester People's Climate Coalition HAS moved forward and they are awesome

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 02/07/2015 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Anti-poverty effort will focus on data, flexibility

Totally agree with other comments. Same old same old. People need decent jobs and an education that prepares them to get one. Here we have an education system that does the opposite. It lies by rewarding mediocrity and allows failure on a grand scale. Eventually these students turn to young adults and likely parents, many of whom will depend on the very agencies who depend on this failing cycle. The agencies leading the fight to fix the problem are in business because the problem exist. What would happen if no one needed public assistance?

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 02/06/2015 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Anti-poverty effort will focus on data, flexibility

Bandwagons are great. Come up with a "no brainer" idea and everyone will jump on board. But as George O'Connor points out, if this issue was truly in the hearts and minds of politicians, the problem would be solved by now.

But then again, "task force" is simply the illusion that something is being done. In reality it is just more window dressing that politicians put up to temporarily satisfy the public and ultimately hide what is actually going to solve the poverty problem--not much .

As for Joe Morelle as a replacement for Louise Slaughter, we can do better. Louise's replacement should be female and someone far more dynamic than Joe. Someone fresh and untainted by a career in state politics would be nice.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 02/06/2015 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Anti-poverty effort will focus on data, flexibility

How can City report this with a straight face?

How long has Morrelle been in office anyway? I don't remember him EVER taking a courageous position on poverty, minimum wage, child care, affordable housing, gun control, education or other issues that Democrats care about. Everyone in the know--with the exception of this paper, apparently--understands that Morrelle's getting ready for a bid for Congress and is angling to shore up the base before he's tapped as Louise's heir apparent. This task force is just a ploy to create a record where there isn't one, with the bonus of co-opting Warren's agenda and pissing off Gantt.

As an added benefit, the task force gives Morrelle a platform for one of his rising stars/cronies-- Vinnie Esposito-- to talk up poverty too before he announces his bid for County Executive. That was on full display at last week's Poverty Breakfast at the RBA whose Duffy is getting dangerously cozy with the Morrelle side of the Dem's civil war. Looking forward to Vinnie putting his money where his mouth is and including some of that poverty rhetoric into the economic development plan. I'm sure the fat cats won't mind.

Dear friends on the task force: you've been played and now you're on the hook for endless meetings and photo opps that will lead to no change. Be that a lesson, Rochester.

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Posted by GeorgeOconnor on 02/05/2015 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Study says porches can pose significant lead threat

At first, I thought this headline said "Porsches." And I had less sympathy.

Posted by Erin Caldwell on 02/05/2015 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

I am in the Transit Center several times a week, often in the afternoon, and it is much worse than this article or its accompanying editorial portray. Kids are constantly in motion and there is a culture of intimidation. God forbid it is perceived that you might be looking at someone the wrong way. I have heard numerous stories of kids sucker punching strangers as they exit the bus, for fun. I am a big advocate of both downtown and public transit but this situation is out of control. These kids should not be on public transportation. Period. Does someone have to die or be severely injured to put this issue on the table? I suggest your editor and your staff writers spend the hour between 3 and 4pm on a school day in the Transit Center, then write this stuff.

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Posted by Martin Edic on 02/04/2015 at 5:45 PM

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