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Schenectady student progress looks grim

Early grades in trouble, set pattern of failure

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Schenectady school board members got distressing news in their first look at student progress this year. It turns out poor performance begins as early as first grade. According to first-quarter grades, only 44 percent of the district’s first graders are reading at grade-level. And very few of them ever catch up. Only 57 percent of the district’s sixth graders are reading on grade-level right now — and that’s after each grade level inched up steadily, ...

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November 29, 2012
7:38 a.m.

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I have an idea... SCHOOL CHOICE, the students will immedietly get the efits of great teachers and as a state we will save BILLIONS of dollars by desolving these useless teachers unions. Believe me there are some great teachers, "CWS" for one at Schenectady High but there are many who just do the bare minimum to get by.

Also in Schenectady we have parents that would not pass an animal shelter adoption process who are having children and a school district that gets paid every day for every kid that shows up. So you have a kid show up who constantly disrupts the class he gets to stay because without him the school district looses money..... SCHOOL CHOICE... Too bad because Romney was all for School Choice.

November 29, 2012
7:51 a.m.

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One way to increase school choice would be to consolidate all the school districts in Schenectady county.

November 29, 2012
8:22 a.m.

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The present system is totally failing and bankrupting taxpayers. Stop throwing money at the problem. Go to all neighborhood K-8 schools saving millions in busing. We definitely need a Charter School for trapped public school students. A new group should be formed to start City Charter School in the Stockade led by Union College and business leaders. If the City paid its school taxes due maybe the homeowners would get a break?

December 1, 2012
1:01 p.m.

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A bunch of ugly comments. Where is the news of the successful students, Ivy League admissions, courses in IB and the Arts far more than any school around offers, and other evidence of success? gina99 is half informed.