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Government programs that help the poor are not the problem

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Government programs that help the poor are not the problem In his Dec. 4 letter, Adam Buzanowski attempted to create a causal link between poor parenting, low student test scores and government social programs. After correctly identifying bad and non-existent parenting — not poor teachers — as the cause of student failure, he then revealed his real agenda, i.e., bashing government social programs. He states that the “theme” from our recent election is that “. ...

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gina99
December 12, 2012
7:51 a.m.

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Vince Dacquisto- More taxes will solve everything? Really funny coming from a Niskayuna resident. Watch the traffic rush hours at the Rexford Bridge because of your "thinking".

jpatrick
December 12, 2012
10:44 a.m.

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Lorene Richardson,

The Gazette covered the festivities on Union Street on Saturday and the next day published in our print edition photos of caroling students from Brown School, the Niskayuna chorus and a nice shot of a mother and her two little ones.

You can see all the photos in our photo gallery, which we posted on our website Saturday. I only wish we had an audio sample of some of the singing.

Here's the link:

http://www.dailygazette.com/photos/galle...

Judy Patrick

wmarincic
December 12, 2012
7:06 p.m.

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Vince Dacquisto

Here is something to think about, every single kid I know that his been home schooled or has gone to a private school is very well educated, yet those private school teachers make very little income, usually under $20,000 per year. That is probably less than half of the pension of a public school teachers, yet Schenectady has a 57% graduation rate. So it makes sense that if we want our kids to have a great education and actuallygraduate, we need to pay our public school teachers 75% less.

dan
December 12, 2012
7:21 p.m.

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The problem is more complex than that. Those students who are have other options outside of private schools on average come from much richer families than the average inner-city kids. Also on average, richer families tend to have parents who did better in school (be it public or private). And as such, genetics says their kids would also do better in school. And that's why private schools often do better. If you took the actual students in private schools and public schools and swapped them, you'll find that the public schools far outshine the private schools.

wmarincic
December 13, 2012
7:42 a.m.

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dan, my friends started homeschooling and then sent them to a privarte school were far from rich. Frank worked his butt off and watched his money. They drove one crappy car for years and saved for their kids education. Their son Frankie is in the U.S. Marines as an intelligence officer and their daughter is in SUNY studying English with a Political Science minor. The question is, why can teachers that make less than 20k per year do as good or better of a job of teaching as one that makes 80k with full benefits?

dan
December 13, 2012
1:52 p.m.

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And I'm saying, they probably can't. Do you think their son and daughter would have dropped out if they went to public school and failed at life? They were probably bright young kids who would have done well at whatever school they went to. And I'm not sure where you're getting your numbers. A lot of private schools pay teachers more than public schools. The average public school teacher gets $53,000 and the average private school teacher gets $40,000... both with full benefits ( http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/t... ).

wmarincic
December 14, 2012
7:33 a.m.

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The numbers I get are the ones comming across my desk, granted I only see 3 or 4 private school teachers per year but none have been much more than 20k and that is a guy that had 15 years in. I had a teacher last night with 4 months teaching, she makes 44k per year. I see usually 5 or 6 public school teachers a month. My whole point I guess is the school system, I'm sure that none of the teachers want kids to fail but I feel their hands are tied. When I was a kid there was corporal punishment and teachers used it. I'm a supporter for school choice and getting rid of the unions.

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