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Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

I just noticed that the example I gave is not actually Wilson HS (which unintentionally proves my point!)... All of these ridiculous names to keep track of. Even "Wilson High School" is not "Wilson High School"... no, instead it's the "Joseph C. Wilson Commencement Academy" - whatever that means.

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Posted by J on 03/25/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

I'm probably stepping into a hornet's nest here, but what the heck...

Go back to neighborhood schools. Lose the fancy names (e.g. "Rochester Early College International High School"... can't we just call it "Wilson"?). It sounds simplistic, and admittedly I'm far from an education expert, but the so-called "experts" are and have been failing for a very long time. Get back to basics. Kids need a solid foundation (i.e. the ability to read & write) before we can expect anything else of them.

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Posted by J on 03/25/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5: Snatch Game!

why is everybody targetting Milk regards variety? How much variety are the others giving? Is Courtney versatile? Most drag queens have a certain style and generally stick to it. Indeed, in real life stars generally have a certain schtick they become known for. Its branding. And its not like the producers ddint know what they were getting when he got on the show. Yes, he could show more personality. But as far as his looks go I see nothing wrong with him doing his own thing. The others serve the same looks mostly. His looks are crazy but hardly similar.

As for laganja he just needs to find himself and stop trying so hard to make an impression. He's like every annoying cliche in the book. That OTT act grates very fast. Thankgod we have Bianca there to cut him down. He'll thank him later for doing so.

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Posted by Calvin Right on 03/25/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

Thanks for your advice GeorgeOconnor. I'm a big boy and know what to do. I'm sick of folks making statements with no proof or information. Parents should not be part of the negotiation team. I am not sure Urbanski HATED it. Did Adam say that? Weird you would know that. And I agree with you that parents and the people don't have enough power. The negotiating teams should be the RCSD and the RTA. Just as BENTE should not have parents negotiating their contract neither should RTA.

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Posted by Mark Powers on 03/25/2014 at 6:30 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5: Snatch Game!

Well, we millennials are the product of the previous generation's parenting, so . . .

Sorry, was that predictably bitchy/ whiny enough for you?

Personally, I just feel sorry for Laganja. She obviously needs some kind of love that she isn't getting, and that sucks. With that said, I want her off my television screen! I don't hate her; I just want her to go away.

I agree with you about Milk. I think she's clearly smart (and sweet), but she doesn't strike me as being particularly funny, nor does she seem particularly good with words. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but you've got to provide us with something else to grab onto instead. She hasn't really done that yet.

P.S. Every week I fall more in love with Joslyn! Did anyone else think it was hilarious that her 2.5 second impression of Fran Drescher was better than Courtney Act's entire shtick?

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Posted by Audrey on 03/25/2014 at 5:50 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5: Snatch Game!

I LOVEEE reading your reviews.

I'm glad your perspective on Adore and Joslyn have changed. I'm just crossing my fingers Bianca doesn't actually pick up that 'true terror' character. All of her comments (especially her comebacks) so far make so much gawd damn sense.

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Posted by Coool on 03/25/2014 at 3:27 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5: Snatch Game!

I know a lot of millennials, and they are a lot more like Adore and a lot less like Laganja, maybe because I live inner city, which isn't really the life a pampered kitten wants. You live in a cat box and you have to change your own litter. Thats pretty typical of any twink no matter what generation though. Its what makes them twinks.
You are spot on about Josyln, she is well on her way to the finals.
What Ben and Bianca can't do is all american diva lipsync -- when Jinkz got handed Yma Sumac for a lip sync it was like the show was rigged. For what its worth I know Ru from way back when and lip syncing isn't his forte either, 1/2 the queens would send him packing.

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Posted by GeeEs on 03/25/2014 at 1:33 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

Easy there Mark, you can't bully anyone into talking to you.

I think the point about the contract is an interesting one, especially since it riled up a couple of you so much! A few years back, parents had a rep at the collective bargaining table. Urbanski HATED it and Rivera got rid of it, but the board should really think about reinstating it. The problem is not that the union has too much power, it's that the people have too little.

And Macaluso should FOIL those MOUs. Frankly, City should be making all the different accountability plans associated with East and all the priority schools available to the public.

Put the public back in public education! Lift the veil.

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Posted by GeorgeOconnor on 03/24/2014 at 8:34 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

Ms. Remis-
One more thing....I did some digging into the link and book you suggested. I happened to notice that the book could not have been written without the backing of The Broad Foundation. The Broad Foundation that produced such RCSD luminaries as Jean Claude Brizard. Oh my. Not only are they guilty of that but Eli Broad and his ilk are virulently anti-union especially teachers' unions. So, recommending that book as a "good resource" is like suggesting you read watch Leni Reifenstahl movies to learn about how compassionate the Nazi Third Reich was to its citizens. A great resource!

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Posted by Mark Powers on 03/24/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

Ms. Remis-
I'm still waiting for an answer to how the RTA contract "is notorious for it's power to obstruct change". Posting a link does not answer my question. It's very easy for some to throw out phrases that fail under scrutiny. Nor does saying, the Living Contract "results in an almost 24/7/365 state of bargaining" prove anything. Where is your proof? It appears to me and others that the Living Contract means that the parties can negotiate changes to the contract. If anything, it creates a flexibility not seen in a contract that cannot be amended nor changed until formal negotiations begin. And you're assuming (you know what happens when you assume) that the RTA teachers always get what they want. If we did we'd have smaller class sizes and more changes that would help students achieve. I only wish you'd been more thoughtful and been more forthcoming with some answers to our questions. And please, no links, I could bury you in links but it seems so impersonal and lazy.

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Posted by Mark Powers on 03/24/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

MichaelO- Andy Rotherham's book, Collective Bargaining in Education Negotiating Change in Today's Schools might be a good resource for you. Available at

Posted by Carrie Remis on 03/24/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Theater Review: Geva Theatre Center's "Informed Consent"

I think this is a very important play. It raises issues we should all be thinking about. I really think it is less about science and religion than it is about who we are, how much of our own identity is in the stories we live and tell. This has universal application. Are we living the story we want? Are we telling our family members our stories now? Can we find ways to make our stories vital to our communities? And....when our own story conflicts with another's...then what? How do we act, or react, or tell that story? A very, very important play that raises these topics in a way that allows us to think about them in new ways. Please go and take your friends and family.

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Posted by Betti on 03/24/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

"If it is worth saying, it is worth signing." I respectfully disagree. Let me give you an example. I have bipolar disorder. This is no secret and it's not something I'm ashamed of. I will come out on internet forums about my illness, but it's not something I want published on City's Letters to the Editors page. People have prejudices about the mentally ill and the poor (thus my 'poverty' comment upthread). As a freelance writer, I would not want potential clients to have the wrong perception. So when City did an article on the mental health system a while back, I had great insight into the system, but I chose to remain silent. I didn't know I could post anonymously, so I didn't contribute to the discussion, By insisting that people use their names, we are effectively silencing others who DO have something worthwhile to say, but for whatever reason, need their privacy protected.

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Posted by Amy Bown on 03/24/2014 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

My mentioning "poverty" was not to imply that it's a "shameful condition". That was poor wording and lazy writing on my part. I simply meant that people who are perhaps not comfortable talking about their lives, for whatever reason, often have the greatest insight into a problem. Perhaps I should have posted that anonymously, because always on the internet, someone will misconstrue your good intentions! Frankly, I feel this argument is a tad elitist. Only people who are willing to go public get to air their views? Yes, the internet is a public forum, which is precisely why some people wish to protect their privacy. There are many legitimate reasons why people prefer to remain anonymous. And putting up with obnoxious posts, which will be moderated anyway, is the price of internet democracy.

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Posted by Amy Bown on 03/24/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Parsing O'Brien's recent independent streak

Why does "investing" always mean that taxpayers foot the bill so someone can get something for free? How about letting convicts get a college degree but requiring them to pay back the cost of it after they are released from prison, much like a law-biding college graduate has to pay back a student loan?

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Posted by Erik on 03/24/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

Ms Remis, the MOUs are what make things flexible based on school need. I cannot speak to whether teachers like the LC or not. I can say that your original post intimated that the contract was the impediment to change. Now in your response to Mark and me, you acknowledge that it has been the catalyst of MOUs. All of which are public documents. FOIL them if you like!
What concessions do you advocate for? Can you please name them? How would those concessions make partners more willing to step up? Please create a logical trail for readers to follow instead of generalizations. We need ideas, what are yours?
What other reasons can one imagine for partners not stepping up?

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Posted by MichaelO on 03/24/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

Mark & MichaelO- My point was that outside partners have not been knocking down the door to work with RCSD. Isn't it time we asked why?

While I can appreciate why teachers like the concept of the Living Contract, the other side of the story is that provision is responsible for an ever-expanding scope of bargaining in Rochester. LC is not just in play at the school level, it's also at the district level and results in an almost 24/7/365 state of bargaining. The results of which are not part of the contract proper, but a mountain of MOUs the public never sees.

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Posted by Carrie Remis on 03/24/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

I find it troubling that someone would think of poverty as a shameful condition. A super rich CEO escaping a nosediving company with a golden parachute is someone I would expect to be wanting to hide under a rock.

Furthermore, victims that need real help are not going to be able to get it by going online with their story while remaining anonymous. They should be emboldened enough to contact the police or some other agency with all the information, INCLUDING their name.

I am concerned that some people are erroneously assuming that the anonymous contributors are downtrodden in some way. I suspect that it's the opposite that is true. Wouldn't it be more appropriate for someone with a well-known name to use a psyeudonym.

I think the conversation on unions would have been badly one-sided without the psyeudonym using regulars. I do understand how unfair it seems for one side to be able to speak with impunity while the others always must consider their reputation.

This is a complicated and important issue. It would be wise to spend more time on it.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/24/2014 at 1:42 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Correction, when I wrote "I don't see many people in this thread condemning Lovely Warren for having Mr. Redon on his staff." it obviously should have said "on her staff", not "on his staff".

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/23/2014 at 10:14 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

I graduated from east in 05 and its true it was hard... but I had parents that cared and were there for me... maybe rcsd should make more parents accountable for there child's education.My youngest sister is currently at east and she is supposed to graduate next year and my sister is a honor students someone explain what is going to happen with the students like my little sister? The problem here isn't the school its the students that don't want to go to school and put the effort kiss like my lil sister does people think about it.. you shift these kids that don't want to go to school to other school then those school are going to end up like east

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Posted by Nessa Laboy on 03/23/2014 at 9:50 PM

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