I adore your reviews.¿ but not delano which means something sexual in Spanish :P
Absolutely agree :)
Dela: true star, true top 3 material. Love his character. I wish the shown does not set her up with a curve-ball: "can you do anything young?". I root for dela.
Bianca: true judge del rio, he is right on all critics towards lasagna. I love her interaction with Adore against the pathological need for attention and passive aggressiveness of lasagna. Bianca is also in my top three along with dela. About versatility?, yes maybe she has a very defined style, it could be his weakness for when the judges come for him, but I love it. For what I care he can do the same look because is great for me. :P
Adore: before even if her challenges and runway sucked, I was rooting because I just like his character :P but now that I saw that besides charm there is real talent, love him more. :P I adore adore. And just for confronting Lasagna on her bullshit, adore just won the race :P Might be young but is miles away from the stupidity club: Gia and lasagna.
Darienne: is just great :)
Courtney: Love him and her :P gorgeous man, gorgeous woman. Versatility?, that is a tricky thing to say because none of then can actually do it.. they are their own... in everything. Does she deliver?: absolutely, at least she did not repeat dresses as MILK repeated leggings/shoes/undies/waist band in the first entrance and third episode. (Bullfighter inspired look and Pinocchio look)
Joslyn is so charming, I like her and definitely is my miss congeniality. Is she the Dita Ritz of this season?.. sneaking all the way to top 5 without being really noticed?. The comments she makes.... hilarious!!!!.
Trinity: ........................ neutral just not top 6 please.
Milk: repeated leggings/shoes/undies/waist band in the first entrance and third episode. (Bullfighter inspired look and Pinocchio look)... so if you ask for Bianca and Courtney to show versatility: recap MILK's looks. I LOVE HIM as so handsome he is, and as drag queen as well... but recap please, that excuse of "I am just weird and different" is not gonna cut it.
Gia: finally gone as fast as a wink... I mean: A blink.
Lasagna: at this point... who?... dunno who is that anymore.
LaGanja, LaGanja... she truly is a bad batch of weed. Sashay, blow away.
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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Please post a link to the study!
George-Love that idea of a newspaper creating a repository of all the accountability plans. Sunshine is the best disinfectant, right? (I think you first mentioned it at a CAFEE meeting many moons ago?) It could be a great way to build community engagement in the school improvement process, informed engagement. Each school and turnaround effort is required to create several plans that describe the "how" and set goals. Theoretically, the public has a seat at those tables. Theoretically. There's lots of information to glean from the plans, if you know they exist. City or the D&C could really help elevate the conversation by making it easier to access those documents.
Oh I so concur regarding Laganja and the Millenials. I was just going to tell my 26 year old friend he reminds me of her, and now I have a full explanation to read to him! I live in New York City (I stumbled upon this blog through google, they are my favourite recaps better than AV Club's imo), but I've been saying to everyone Laganja is a Metro drag, which is the popular gay bar in Brooklyn, aka where the junior drags perform for all the Millenials. She, and they, are not yet ready for the big time.
Btw, I grew up in Buffalo and have fond memories of Darien Lake-the park not the woman! Lol
Great recap, Tim.
I'm concerned about the move away from In-School Suspension at the smaller K-6 schools. Will those students attend ISS at the larger schools, or does this mark the beginning of a shift toward Out of School Suspension or maybe away from suspension of all types at the elementary level? Are suspension rates increasing or decreasing at the elementary level?
It's disappointing that none of the recommendations that resulted from Commissioner White's work with the advisory groups were included in the first round of the budget. It would have been a smart way for the administration to signal its intentions to work with the new Board leadership and listen to the public better. There's still time, let's hope Commissioner White keeps pushing.
George and Mark: your discussion includes important information that's well worth posting. But it's becoming a personal squabble. That's not the purpose of our comments section. Please address issues, not personalities, and take your personal discussion offline. Thanks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
MichaelO- Andy Rotherham's book, Collective Bargaining in Education Negotiating Change in Today's Schools might be a good resource for you. Available at http://hepg.org/hep/Book/5
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