I recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson high school.
One of the main problems I have came a crossed over the years was that many students does not have the courage to put effort into school seriously. I believe that the main majority of the problem is the students because, when the students fail exams or classes it affects teachers alot more than the student would expect. There should be a change in the RCSD without the Community getting involved their wouldn't be an opportunity.
New York State bases its child care funding support for counties based on the need (Rochester has 7th worst child poverty in the entire nation), and on demonstrated local commitment. Monroe County failed to do any lobbying whatsoever on child care subsidies in the 2013 legislative session, left $400,000 of state funds for child care unspent in 2012, and was cut $725,000 by the State as a result. Meanwhile, Monroe County kids lose out when the County cuts even more from its budget next year and fails to take responsibility and shift the blame.
How about bringing Student Support Centers back??? You know, to help address some of the underlying causes of student behavior? SMH
The RCSD is certainly STUCK…. stuck in the expectation that all students will go on to college. Where is the vocational education that would lead to jobs right out of high school? Where are the apprenticeship programs that would lead students into good jobs in construction, automotive, or electrical and plumbing services? RCSD has consistently refused to open up such training programs to city students, instead insisting that attending 2 year or 4 year college is the optimum path to a successful life. RCSD needs to provide a better variety of quality work-related training to our students so they can have some hope of economic reward other than having to attend college.
Vargas wants to put wings on our inner city students. Wings! Can you imagine that? The man is a genius, a visionary and a quantum leap thinker. Let him. Support him. Open the doors. Part the way, so that our kids can fly. Inga Songbird
County Legislature needs to earn their salary by conducting research into salaries of comparable counties and impose a fair salary.
Ms. Jadwin, and your suggestion is...
The sheriff of Monroe County still makes more than the sheriffs of every other major upstate county. The sheriff of Erie County, with a population of 950,000, makes $79,000; a third less than O'Flynn. Monroe County has 735,000 people in it. It's not as if he's on the line every day, risking his life; he's sitting behind a desk. Why should he get a raise for getting re-elected?
My question is why does Buffalo always get so much money from the taxpayers? Rochester actually has a larger economy than they do, but they get 10x as much back from Albany and Washington
Vargas says "poor student behavior is an indication that students’ needs are not being met. "
Why aren't students accountable for their own behavior? What entitles them to blame others for neglecting their "needs," when they're disruptive to the education of others? In the rest of the world, school is a PRIVILEGE. These students treat school with contempt and disrespect, and then we have to listen to administrators stand around making excuses for them.
As long as the district colludes with the students and parents who want to blame their own destructive behavior on someone or something else, nothing will change.
This saddens me, I live in the neighborhood and enjoy all the beauty the landscape brings, it's disgusting that greedy people need to ruin and endanger species to line their pockets even more. I won't be dining at their establishments and plan to be a voice when the time comes to protect our environmental treasures.
Why does everyone seem so touchy about the idea that the police chief might have resigned because Lovely is going to be the new mayor...or the idea that Lovely may have replaced him if he did not resign?
The Danieles , of course, don't do much without their Comida money and their past use of Comida funds are questionable....job creation with an amphibious plane dock???
Development is destruction when it comes to the environment. If the goal is to protect the environment, especially when it comes to the expansion of something, then the expansion would not happen. But it is never about environmental protection.
It is all about a compromise between the environment and someone's desire for money. When environmental standards are compromised in a deal that favors lining someone's pockets with money, the environment always loses.
Thank you, Dan.
One other thing I found amusing about the missive is the posturing about why things have come to the point they have. Apparently the Christian "good guys" have been turning the other cheek in such situations. As a result the [special] "rights of Christians" (to force their beliefs on others?) has become jeopardized.
I make no claim regarding the writer, whom I have not met. But generally people active in favor of the U.S. Constitution have not experienced gentle treatment from their opponents. I refer to Jessica Ahlquist, a very brave publicly acknowledged atheist.
As soon as she came out of the closet many of her classmates gasped and an equally brave girl called her "a little witch" under her breath.
Then she protested what was clearly a prayer plaque, including an "Amen" in her public high school auditorium. As her lawsuit progressed she received hate mail and was verbally attacked by her peers, media outlets, and online. She received death threats, and required police escorts to and from classes. This was reminiscent of the Deep South over school integration, by the way, and it happened in Rhode Island. On the day after the ruling, Rhode Island State Representative Peter G. Palumbo, one of the nicest and most reasonable people ever, called Ahlquist as "an evil little thing" on the radio.
I'm not exactly sure what I think of the idea of local universities taking over some schools. But I know exactly what to think of Vargas. He has now thrown in the towel and admitted he can't fix Rochester schools. That may be a good first step, though I don't know if I can get over this immense failure.
I think the next step should be for Vargas to decline accepting any further salary as he puts this plan into action. After that, he should resign.
"America is fast on its way to becoming a secular, Godless society." This may be the one factually accurate statement in the entire letter. The percentage of our population that are non-believers is about 20% and growing fast. There are at least two reasons this is a good thing:
1. Non-believers generally defend the rights of citizens to worship without letting one denomination impose doctrine or dominate others. This makes the public square neutral ground where all citizens, whether from a majority religion, a minority religion, or no religion at all, can participate equally.
2. In most religious traditions, notions of morality are static with no self-correction mechanism. Thus when certain positions become untenable (slavery for example, which is specifically endorsed in Exodus 21), the correction is difficult and contentious. By de-coupling morality to ancient myths, non-believers are able to rationally and objectively advance our moral understanding.
The fact that more Americans are becoming non-believers definitely has me giving thanks this coming holiday season.
Too bad "its pretty clear" what Mr. Macaluso stands for: cheering President Obama regardless of impact or effect.
The issue that the 1-year extension addresses isn't permanently torpedoing ACA - it's addressing millions of people that lost insurance due to timing of the law's implementation and failure of the website enrollment processes and even paper-based signups. Something is better than nothing.
It's a "gift" to Obama and his ACA staff to get one more year to work kinks out before again enacting the mandate to provide minimum insurance coverages, trouble-free inline enrollments, keep same insurers, doctors, etc...
ACA is herre to stay - no matter what Dems or Reps do to each other, and no matter what one-sided opinions are expressed.
Mr. Macaluso needs to lift his head from blogs of the far LEFT wing of the Democrat Party, and consider both wings when preaching on topics.
With the slow-motion disaster of Omabacare rolling out and expected to unfold over the next year and beyond, no one could blame the Republicans for following the adage: “Never interfere while your opponent is self-destructing”. Politically the Democrats are getting what they deserve, but unfortunately real damage is being done to the American people, our health care system and the US economy. Millions of Americans are being served with insurance cancellation notices as a planned consequence of Obamacare, and it is estimated that tens of millions who are employed by small business will lose their insurance when the Obamacare business mandate kicks in. Despite the promises that a. people could keep their existing health insurance plans, b. health insurance costs would go down and c. the program would not add to the national deficit, the indicators are all in the opposite direction.
The Democrats must have assumed they would forever be in control of the government to pass such a huge program without bipartisan support. Republicans, left completely out of the creation of their big-government program, were justified but unsuccessful in trying to defund and delay the disaster. There are now some Democrats actually calling for delaying the ACA – better late than never. In reaction to the passing of Obamacare the Republicans took control of the House and almost regained the Senate. They could regain all of Congress in 2014.
Support for the ACA is now at an all-time low and a CBS poll shows that 93% of Americans want Obamacare repealed or repaired. Given that public mandate, Obama and the Democrats have no alternative but to cooperate with Republicans to fix the problem they created (if possible). That may mean scrapping the ACA and starting over, keeping some of the features that people like, but moving more towards a free-market rather than a big-government solution; Allowing insurance companies to sell policies in all states, for example. They should do away with the onerous individual and business mandates in favor of economic incentives and find simpler ways to insure those who have had trouble getting health insurance instead of disrupting the entire health care system.
Obama cannot unilaterally ‘tweak’ the law anymore. (The constitutionality of all of his changes so far notwithstanding). There has already been a bipartisan vote in the House to begin fixing Obamacare, a law that lets people keep their insurance as was promised. It’s time for Obama to admit there is a problem and get on with addressing it.
Wow. Seriously? Where to begin? The very fact that writer sneers at people of the opposite view actually underscores the problem. By having *any* public prayers forced upon all attendees at a Town Board meeting every citizen present who is not enslaved by the author's Santa Claus "thinking" is marginalized to a second-class citizen. America actually was established as a "secular" nation in the sense that freedom of religion entails freedom *from* religion. Guess what? You can still have your clearly religious displays on private property, including homes, churches and any land that is not paid for by all taxpayers.
People who are free of dogmatic religion are not joyless "Grinches" just because the writer cannot imagine otherwise. I actually was amused, rather than offended by the classically proud ignorance of the letter. (Thank you!) Speaking of ignorance, I wonder if she has even heard of the pre-Christian origins of every holiday mentioned except Thanksgiving and St. Patrick's Day? I don't expect her to agree with such absurdity, but it would be nice if she were at least exposed to these silly, inconvenient facts.
Have a Happy Winter Solstice!
- Bill Forward
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