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If nothing else, the size and mood of the crowd that attended Wednesday night’s forum on Mont Pleasant Middle School should convince anyone who thought this problem has been blown out of proportion that they may need to think again. The McChesney Room at the main library was filled beyond capacity, and there was plenty of anger — directed primarily at school officials’ inability to control certain students and provide a safe learning environment for ...

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November 15, 2013
7:08 a.m.

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Spring sounds just like Obama by refusing to take the blame.

November 15, 2013
8:13 a.m.

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This is not a State issue/funding issue. This crisis stems from the lack of any Charter School option. Because of Rep Paul Tonko and Eric Elys City parents have no Schenectady Charter School. Compare that to Albany. No options create anger. Students trapped in an unsafe system. Where is the Charter School that both President Obama and Gov Cuomo support? Nothing but more hot air about additional State aid that is never coming. What is happening in Mt Pleasant is part of a Citywide implosion caused by decades of mismanagement and over taxation. Dr. Spring is a fine man but unprepared for a broke dysfunctional urban school system in desperate need of a complete overhaul.

November 15, 2013
3:38 p.m.

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The former Schenectady charter school failed because its mangement failed to provide the education program promised, not because of outside forces.

The Schenectady School District needs adequate state funding, something NY state has refused to provide for years. With adequate funding, more services and appropriate personnel will make a huge difference in the education and lives of its students.