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Editorial: A better approach to charter school

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The Schenectady school district did everything possible to undermine the International Charter School of Schenectady for the six years it existed before its charter was taken away and it was shut down in 2008 for curriculum, performance and enrollment reasons. The district, so far at least, has taken a kinder, gentler approach to Eximius Academy, a new charter school proposed for the city. That may have something to do with an apparent lack of organization ...


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wmarincic
September 23, 2012
8:20 a.m.

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End teachers unions and watch our kids learn. There were no teachers union when I was a kid and I will tell you I knew more by seventh grade than most of these kids that are graduating high school. I was told by a teacher the other day that a kid can miss every day of school but come in and just barely pass the final exam and they have to graduate them.

hodgkins.t
September 23, 2012
11:48 a.m.

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Unions and teachers are not the problem. Yes, teachers should all be nationally board certified, and unions need to understand and be flexible with fiscal austerity, but educational attainment in states without unions like Texas and Georgia, is substantially worse.

The biggest problems facing NY students is a school year that is only 49% of the year, yes we as a society value vacation more than education, and a balkanized- and therefore highly inefficient- and inequitable system that is underfunded.

wmarincic
September 23, 2012
2:49 p.m.

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Underfunded really? We pay more than almost every state in the U.S. for education and we have one of the worse graduation rates in the country. I will agree that the school year needs to be increased and the ammount of money that teachers make for the ammount of work is ridiculous.

rpterry
September 24, 2012
10:12 a.m.

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I don't if the district is more favorable.
You should follow the money trail. Where is it coming from? Who is really funded this proposal and what would they bring to the district?
Do you want to saddle Schenectady with Brighter Choices?

wmarincic
September 24, 2012
6:11 p.m.

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I want school choice because I believe schools with teachers that are not in a union but are hire at will do a better job of teaching our children.

birmy
September 27, 2012
3:10 p.m.

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wmarincic - The teachers have more education and more professional development then when you want to school. Do you really believe the teachers are not as good? Your chalkboard was better than the SmartBoard? Do suburban schools have a problem educating the kids? Do you think for just a second you might be putting blame where it does not exist.

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