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Re: “The case for more black teachers in Rochester and everywhere

As a black teacher I think this is BS. I have seen both good black and good white teachers. I think painting a broad stroke of only black teachers can teach black children is absurd.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 09/23/2016 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Where is the help for children who need it?

Any RCSD teacher who could stomach reading Outwa's restorative practice mumbo jumbo has probably fallen on the floor laughing in hysterics at the farce of it all. They barely provide adequate security, social workers and enough admins- how are they providing mediation and counseling??? GIVE ME A BREAK AND SHOOT ME IN THE HEAD. Incredible.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 10/16/2015 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Charter growth continues in Rochester

I would advice parents to place their kids in charters, sadly. It is chaotic in the schools. This is the truth, if you are allergic to the truth, stop reading this post.
Safety is the biggest issue on the table right now. The nation has concocted this "no suspension" regime and the results are dire. Instead of offering realistic options, staff and students face violence and mayhem EVERYDAY. Drugs and weapons are collected quietly and its business as usual. Charters don't tolerate such nonsense from students. They toss them out so that other public schools can scoop them up. Now ask yourself which school would you rather have your kid attend?!
Principals don't want their buildings labeled as dangerous so they avoid suspensions and arrests like the plague. Teachers won't file assault paper work because they are scared to upset the principal and the chaotic cycle of FUBAR continues. No one is taking responsibility. Even the teachers unions are playing dumb. They have made a deal with the devil and are stepping all over each other. The union is more concerned about the October breast cancer walk than the teachers that they "serve".
Kids are being bullied, threatened while sitting next to gang members who make it their business to stall learning and this is allowed EVERY SINGLE DAY.
So charters will always shine in Rochester. Send your kid to the closest one unless your child isn't special Ed, misbehaves you should be ok

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 10/03/2015 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Pressure is on for UR to fix East

This is not a slam on the RCSD- does anyone understand the first paragraph? The author says that the changes that Vargas has made is working ( with no proof) and then goes on to say "Rochester students showed little progress" Okay.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 09/02/2015 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Sea change in student discipline

Suspensions on its face doesn't work. My concern is the tepid response from CO on what to really do about it. Behavior is a huge problem. Huge. Ask RTS about RCSD student behavior. To think that the district has a circle of caregivers that will be able to magically come up with ways to combat this is disingenuous and out of touch. Principals get looked down upon when they suspend even a few kids. So teachers, sentries, students and other school staff just have to put up with bullying, sexual harassment and physical violence. That is what are leaders has signed us up for.
Why not revamp education? Bring some relevance into a class room. Spend money on vocational programs so that kids are interested and feel like they belong. There is a reason why SOTA is successful. Enough with this rhetorical nonsense. Get ready for a bumpy school year because yet again, the same,the same, the same.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 08/20/2015 at 1:11 AM

Re: “A blunt warning from Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

What constitutes a "struggling school?" If it's the test scores wouldn't almost ALL RCSD schools qualify? This race to the top fiasco was all a show like a limp block buster movie, starring jarring buzzwords and phrases (failing schools, modernization, closing schools) to create a climate of fear, confusion and frustration. The breakout star of this film is distraction- to distract everyone on what the hell is really going on here. Common core shines as the protagonist that is suppose to save the day. Mon dieu!
The results: lackluster, sparse progress and students who are not prepared to enter the world. Teachers who are stretched thin and given a silly, laughable evaluation that only makes sense to Cooter Brown. The word is out for those who want to go into teaching; don't. And politicians with no accountability repackaging failures on our dime. I give this movie a .5 out of 10.

Posted by Scorsese93 on 08/20/2015 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Does a new state education law undermine school boards?

Ms. Fink your comment is awesome. I wasn't aware of school 9's achievements and Mr. Van White's encouragement of those creative young boys. The media is extremely biased when it comes to Vargas. We never hear of the programs that are working and they don't get media props. Parents have to become CSI agents to find what decent schools to send their children to. Please keep informing the public. If anyone knows of any local blogs that are brave enough to display stories like Ms. Finks let us know.

Posted by Scorsese93 on 08/20/2015 at 12:19 AM

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