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Re: “[UPDATED] Vargas muffs principal's removal, comes under attack

"For example, the school's August graduation rate in 2012 was 29.2 percent."

Wasn't Vicky Ramos Monroe's Principal at the time? Can someone explain the logic in going back to that?? Absolutely unbelievable. Plain & simple - Vargas is incompetent and must go.

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Posted by swk on 07/28/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Rochester grad rate down slightly

I don't know why everyone is so concerned - maybe ya'll didn't hear - football is back at Monroe High School!! smh

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by swk on 06/25/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

A large part of why I visit this site and read City Newspaper articles is to read the comments. I used to visit 13wham quite often, but once they removed the ability to comment, I stopped. The quality of discourse on the D & C website took a huge dive once they required facebook login. I believe that allowing anonymous comments lets readers share information and insight that they would not feel safe/comfortable sharing if they had to disclose their identifty. There is value in this information, and it's up to me as reader to sift through and make that determination. I frequent this site, I would visit much less frequently (if at all) if the ability to comment anonymously were taken away. Frankly, I'm more concerned about sweeping generalizations and name calling that some of your courageous (named!) readers employ...

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Posted by swk on 03/21/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Superintendent Vargas needs union help, and more

"But it’s also true that he’s unable to keep many of the social ills that students face every day outside the walls of city schools without more help from the community."

But it's also true that RCSD has MANY agencies & programs from this community willing to help, but Vargas just eliminated their support system within the schools (Student & Family Support Centers). They were created for exactly this purpose. He keeps talking about help from the community but what he's done is make it much harder for this community to help his students. SMH

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Posted by swk on 03/06/2014 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Recommendations for improving city schools: What now?

"The District should develop and lead a multisystem collaborative
using a strength‐based, child‐centered approach that provides
consistent responses in all aspects/settings of the child’s life (school,
home, and community)".
This describes Student & Family Support Centers. But Vargas scuttled those. I'm confused.

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Posted by swk on 03/06/2014 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Fights: Vargas's latest challenge

The school used to have a Student & Family Support Center, staffed with RCSD and agency staff who were there, in part, to provide immidiate crisis intervention (ex - mediation for students in conflict). However because of Vargas' emphasis on expanded school day, the agency staff have been reassigned to teach classes (that's right, RTA) during the school day and are not available in times of crisis. Vargas has cut SFSCs in just about every school, and I expect to hear more about this type of incident as a result. (Keep in mind that the public hears only a very small fraction of what really goes on in the schools - those without SFSCs have been suffering tremendously).

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Posted by swk on 02/19/2014 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Attack on White boomerangs

This is astonishing, I'm also surprised by the lack of comments. Hard to believe Mr. Maglieri's claim that he didn't do this. Hard to believe his wife not knowing about it. And is it too much of a reach to think Vargas might've known too? Dirty politics. This makes me question Vargas/Maglieri more than it does Van White. Shameful!

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Posted by swk on 02/09/2014 at 8:47 AM

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