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Re: “It's not East High's fault

Maybe Maggie Brooks will help Lovely Warren break up the concentration of poverty. That ain't gonna happen.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/28/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “New report shows stark divide between the city and the region

How many more of these reports do we need? Everyone knows what and where the problems are. Imagine if all of the time and resources dedicated to creating these reports/convenings/conversations, etc...was actually used to do something about poverty?

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Posted by LRS on 03/28/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Did I say NA? I meant NR.

Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/28/2014 at 2:20 AM

Re: “All eyes on Ted O'Brien

The Funke operatives are working it already.....Ted is a good man and serves the District very well.

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Posted by Go Ted on 03/27/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “All eyes on Ted O'Brien

Ted O'Brien is in a tough spot he created for himself. The article didn't mention O'Brien voting for Cuomo's so-called NY SAFE gun control law, passed behind closed door with no public debate or input. Why doesn't O'Brien mention that as he lists his votes with his "fellow Democrats"? You see plenty of yard signs calling for the repeal of the law in O'Brien's district. Those folks won't vote for O'Brien.

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Posted by Angus on 03/27/2014 at 9:48 PM

Re: “New report shows stark divide between the city and the region

It is too bad that city is unwillingness to inform readers that the region ex rochester has a child poverty rate of ~10%, and the reason for the huge difference versus the city(47%) is that 68% of households in rochester with kids have on,y one parent whereas the corresponding figure for the rest of the region is ~25%. Why not expect people to behave responsibly?

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Posted by Mike on 03/27/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “It's not East High's fault

How about we hold parents accountable for neglect..lack of support or interest in THEIR child's education. Parents that don't respond to calls..letters or attempted visits from school staff..parents who don't check their child homework much less bother to look in their bookbagd with weeks or months worth of work and notices..parents that care more about fashion and cool gear rather than the fact that their child cannot read or do math at grade level..parents that refuse to accept that they have raised disrespectful..spoiled..lazy children that they can hardly handle yet expect teachers to turn classrooms full of them into geniuses...and let's not speak of those that will never miss a chance to scream obscenities at their child's pop warner football game yet will not show their face at a meeting for their child..THAT IS THE ROOT OF THE wonder why other programs and districts work?? Its not then money or lack of...its thay when you hold parents and children accountable first..all others will follow.

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Posted by midge1824 on 03/27/2014 at 4:41 PM

Re: “It's not East High's fault

How about a metro district with integrated schools?
Works in Raleigh NC.

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Posted by rocparent on 03/27/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Mayor Lovely Warren: Crisis Management A+; Leadership N/A.

Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/27/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Restoring balance to Braddock Bay

Question: Buck Pond is quite different from Braddock Bay which has two strong-flowing creeks emptying into the bay - Salmon Ck. and Buttonwood Ck. The bay has a 'naturally-formed sand barrier' unlike the other ponds which are bounded by the ancient sand barrier now Edgemere Dr. How would putting rip-rap along the eastern mouth of the bay prevent erosion of the marsh edge [now cattails] - 'slowing down' of erosion? I can't see it happening. This mono-culture is directly caused by the water level ups-and-downs caused by natural events and the St. Lawrence Seaway hydro-manipulation. To get shoreland diversity you have to maintain less extreme water levels to get native plants to take hold thus increasing animal, amphibian and other species to increase including fish.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/27/2014 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Clarification, she didn't "try" to lie about the speeding violations of her uncle, she did lie.

And I agree that it's a step forward how she has handled the situation with Mr. Redon's DWI arrest, although that case is far from settled at present.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/27/2014 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Rather than being disappointed, most of us are happy that she has finally done something right. Let's hope the trend continues. As regards Redon, we should want to see him handled by the legal system as we would be handled. No worse, but no preferential treatment either. The problem with the multiple traffic incidents involving Warren and her uncle is that he received preferential treatment. And of course, she tried to lie about it.

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Posted by Mike on 03/26/2014 at 10:28 PM

Re: “The high-risk stakes in Crimea and Ukraine

To his credit, President Obama today flatly and forcefully debunked Putin's pathetic attempts to equate his seizure of Crimea with the allied liberation of Iraq.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 03/26/2014 at 7:48 PM

Re: “It's not East High's fault

It is interesting that you note PreK is a potential positive and it will be if the program focuses on building the social, emotional and basic developmentally appropriate academic skills but the name of the game in the district now is Core Knowledge and NYEngage curriculum. Couple these two with the pressure of Common Core and we will likely see PreK students being taught using methods that would more closely resemble Catholic schools 50 years ago. Get it or get out. Nothing the district seems to do lately makes any sense so more resources may not mean a thing.

East as brick and mortar may not be the problem but the people in it as well as everyone who works for the district and the whole community are the problem. We all know how bad the schools are and yet no one is marching or banging on district doors. The people in East could have told their story but they are justifiably afraid of losing their jobs. Unfortunately fear driven complacency in the face of injustice is not acceptable. It is immoral and everyday the citizens of this community turn the page or look the other way we are condoning the injustice.

The district has the power and resources to make all of their schools better. They may not become the Harley School or compete with the best suburban schools but every Rochester City school could be dramatically better. There are well known organizational best practices that are found all around the world that we can implement but this is not done. Why not? Because innovation often requires autonomy and with this freedom comes confidence. School staff might wake up one day and ask themselves why they need a central office or union at all. This scares the hell out those currently in command.

There is no good reason at all that the district does not have a portfolio of alternative schools like Boston's Pilot schools. Leaders do not promote these because schools that have unique and more successful programs (SOTA, School of Inquiry, School Without Walls and others) also have engaged parents who are likely to hold teachers and administrators accountable. This is the other fear. Great schools often encourage and develop strong parents and nothing is more powerful than a few hundred angry parents.

You want to fix East? You want to make other schools better? Put an ad in the paper that challenges people in the community to take over schools but promise them there would be no ties to the unions and central office. They could pick and choose their support systems and the kinds of relations they have with other groups. The line would be from here to Buffalo. To fix the schools we need to remove all of the dirty cooks who currently control the kitchen.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 03/26/2014 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

This Thomas Jefferson quote pretty much sums up how I feel about this issue: "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Facebook doesn't allow anonymity. A trend (growing?) in online comment sections is for Facebook to verify a person's identity. The result that I've seen, is that the contents of the comments are so watered down, they are meaningless. And the name and photo of a person is pretty much useless since practically nobody knows who they are anyway. The reader gets to participate, but fear, via the Facebook connection stifles any real discourse.

I'm not on Facebook, but if it's causing people to be afraid to freely express themselves, then I don't understand how this is good for liberty.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/26/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

I seldom comment anonymously. I am retired and cannot be harmed by possible repercussions that way. I reconsider what I write before I post because I know I will attach my name to it, usually. I argued with MATowler about moderating the comments until I looked at unmoderated comments sections which permitted anonymous posting, ugh!

I post in many forums under the handle "xctraveler" but anyone interested can go to the profile section and learn my name. The options as I see it are to ban anonymous posting in which case many people will create pseudonym accounts or to moderate the postings. In either event only the publisher has freedom of speech and that is as it should be and as the constitution intended. Anyone can begin their own publication if they want unmuzzled freedom to rant on.

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Posted by Paul Goldberg on 03/26/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

Commenting anonymously, or with a pseudonym, is an ancient tradition that will outlive City, and maybe even the internet. Anyone challenging gender, race, religious, or economic power status quos may do it at great personal cost. In a different time or place, they could have even been in danger of their lives for speaking truth to power. City and its comment readers will never know if a pseudonym is being used, so the paper won't be able to enforce the naming requirement. Graffiti is known to proliferate in proportion to the degree of repression present in a society. Increase in the amounts of anonymous commenting might be a related phenomenon. If a comment has some truth to it, it shouldn't matter how it is signed, and probably shouldn't be ignored.

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Posted by Louise Wu on 03/26/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Treatment for a traumatized world

In the 1970s I was living in a university town - Moscow, Idaho - and I was able to take a six-week certification 'class' for 'non-professionals' which addressed all human services [social work, mental health, food, housing, medical, daycare, etc.] available in the county. It was an eye-opener for a 20-something and gave me an edge-up which I have used all my life. Recently I watched an episode of Iyanla Fix-My-Life on OWN which came the closest I've seen to modeling compassionate response in the face of generational trauma: ~~ all of us can play a role in healing.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/26/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

I'm sorry I responded to you the way I did. I thought your comment was very well written, the best. Believe me, I have my own mental health issues so I can empathize. I would actually like to continue this discussion with you in private, but I don't exactly know how to do it. Ask Ms. Towler for my email address, if you want. I'm on Twitter @earlrize_mike, but I'm not sure how much personal information I should be revealing.

Again, I'd really like to hear more from you on this, but in private.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/25/2014 at 7:40 PM
Posted by Jeremy Moule on 03/25/2014 at 4:10 PM

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