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Schools receive failing grades from state

Graduation rates in city districts miss state goals

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The Schenectady City School District’s graduation rate slid slightly in 2011 after making progress in 2010, according to a report card released on Thursday by the state Education Department. The graduation rate for the district was 58 percent for last year’s class, which is one percentage point below where it was in 2010 and five percentage points below the goal set by the state for 2011. The state standard for graduation rates is 80 percent. ...

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April 6, 2012
9:48 a.m.

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Why do we have these headlines every few months? Why can't we celebrate the successes of the majority?
A few recent examples for Schenectady:
NY State Teacher of the Year is a Schenectady teacher.
20 students graduated last June with International Baccalaureate diploma, a program which no other county high school offers.
A smash run of The Drowsy Chaperone just ended.
A student was awarded a $10,000 check from Nordstrom last Fall.
Graduates were accepted into Ivy league colleges.
Just a few examples.

April 6, 2012
10:19 a.m.

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I applaud your comments & wish that would happen more often. Reports of good things happening in our world & our communities,however, don't sell or increase ratings. The negative ones do-same reason why negative campaign ads work, we as consumers prefer the drama & negativity. Imagine what the world would look like if we stopped buying into the prevalent negative stories and drama, and paid attention to the positive ones??? How cool would that be???!!!

April 6, 2012
8:11 p.m.

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So much for "No Child Left Behind." We've got to start a lot earlier in a child's life rewarding him/her for achievment, not simply for participation. A kid should not have to wait until his/her senior year to realize that just hanging around is not going to get a him/her a diploma.