Howard the link you posted is from 2012 and we now have majority full day pre-K with transportation assistance. Again, pre-K is one area we seem to do well, and to make progress over time in areas where it can be improved. That's not to say there are no obstacles or remaining ways to improve, but the full day / transportation obstacle has been largely overcome. Remaining half day programs are to meet the needs of families who did not want full day.
We have a huge problem with exclusionary discipline policies in RCSD, including in my opinion inappropriate arrests inside schools. I and other board members are aggressively working on fundamentally changing our discipline practices. But we NEVER suspend toddlers or any pre-K students. Despite the horror stories nationally, once again one area where Rochester shines is in our universal pre-kindergarten programs. These high quality and developmentally supportive programs are recognized nationally for their excellence.
Tim, What is your evidence that dumping data to InBloom and back again will result in a way "to collect data that can be used to quickly provide districts with more accurate assessment tools?" Sounds like an uncritically quoted statement from Commissioner King and it does not make sense. "Data collection" takes place in the district. RCSD already has claimed that we have data analysis systems that are superior to NYSED's expensive data dashboards. The state has blackmailed us into this unaffordable gimmick because Gates, McKinsey and the rest are into "big data" and big money for the digital education market. I am hoping Sheldon Silver pushes forward on ethical and public finance grounds. A quote from RCSD Finance Committee Meeting minutes, July 2013:
"Annmarie Lehner explained that NYSED is promoting a new data portal available to school districts for data formatting and warehousing. She stated that this service will be free of charge to districts for the first year, and then for a cost of $5 per student in subsequent years. Ms. Lehner described progress in creating an in-house data warehouse for RCSD that is much more accurate and comprehensive, which will be updated almost in real time. She pointed out that the District will have greater assurance of information privacy and security by managing their own in-house data warehouse." (But not too long after this stance, our administration about-faced into full compliance with InBloom plans based on RTT requirements.)
"The issue of black teenagers...." Wow, even your code fell apart and your racism is naked, Ms. Towler.
The "real" parents in Poughkeepsie wrote this: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F604jt…
I think Mr. Klein is "supportive" of public schools in the same way Jean Claude Brizard was. Specifically, Brizard introduced a strategic plan in which the Parthenon Group (a capital investment firm specializing in opening up opportunities to generate investor profits in the public pK-12 "market." ) was the primary citation and basis for his discredited branding-style , charter-expanding portfolio approach to school choice. The article below demonstrates how Parthenon profers advice to investors that has nothing to do with improving education and everything to do with profits. The solutions to the crisis in education involve more democracy and less privatization, not the reverse. Democratization and powerful movements for local control of public education would minimize the perversions of profiteering "investors," but more importantly we would finally see learning focused on meeting our children's needs according to high community standards. Parthenon Group analysis of potential profit centers based on state funding (more is better) and anticipated test performance (lower is better): http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplace…
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