I would rather see what other organizations that are concerned with poverty and progressive solutions rather than depending on these guys who have for years supported privatization of services and avoid fair tax rates for the most wealthy. Contact other groups for their plans including Howie Hawkins for the New Green Deal and Fiscal Policy Institute. We do not need anymore shortsided let the rich get richer schemes.
I attended the board meeting in which many teachers primarily music spoke strongly about the total lack of the value of music being threatened largely by last minute cutting back of key componnents of music programs and instruction. Some had not been notified of where their classes would be held and that the elimination of programs that focus on musical student presentations. The only other suggested option for the teachers to continue these programs would be to do then eitheer after school or during lunch. My reaction was that not only were such decisions by the district wrongheaded but insulting as well. Nothing was said by school board members then or now.
It is very clear that the most important and significant approach is to address the huge difference in school readiness by students entering school with less than 1/3 of the working vocabulary of the average preschooler . The frustrating irony is that the solution that has proven to have meaningful results to address these gaps are obvious and relativity easy to implement. There is one such model being used in the southern tier now. It involves outreach to mothers and new born babies during hospitalization by a nurse with frequent and on-going follow-up coupled with staff that work with the family to assure both a full range of services in the community and education of that family by each of those services in a coordinated manner. This maximizes the possibilities and opportunities for learning to address the range of needs faced by these families and therefore end the existing gap. These results have been proven effective over time and currently are being implemented nearby. The cost as documented is relatively
low. Bonnie Cannan
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