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Grim report spurs plan for Schenectady schools

Frequent testing aims to show reading progress faster

Laurence Spring has papered his office with charts showing student progress. When he works at his desk, he can see charts tracking how many students can read at grade level, how many are passing their classes, and how many are skipping school.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Laurence Spring has papered his office with charts showing student progress. When he works at his desk, he can see charts tracking how many students can read at grade level, how many are passing their classes, and how many are skipping school.
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Faced with grim statistics on student progress, Schenectady school officials are writing a turnaround plan to make swift improvements. “We need to deliver,” Superintendent Laurence Spring said. “We have to get results.” He’s focusing on several “building blocks” that he hopes to implement this year. He has also reached out to three outside groups to give the district advice and recommendations. First of all, he’s focusing on elementary school reading. About half of the students ...


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tonijean613
November 30, 2012
8:15 a.m.

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I think Larry Spring is going to be great for Schdy ! Kids in such a low income community have no control over their home environment and should not be "punished" or suspended at the rate I hear about. School for many of these struggling kids should not only be a strict learning environment but an emotionally safe place to go- "discipline" and outcasting usually doesn't help the child and makes the situation worse.

JIMOCONNOR
November 30, 2012
9:50 a.m.

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100% Correct. I hope we do not drive him away...

gina99
November 30, 2012
3:40 p.m.

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So far a lot of good intentions and little action. The last Superintendent went though the budget line by line looking for cost savings. Move to neighborhood K-8 already. Transportation millions can be better spent on reading, writing and math tutors. Some new principals would also be welcome.

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