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Problem Mont Pleasant students sent to new schools

Some moved up to high school

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Many of the students suspended from Mont Pleasant Middle School because they were deemed a safety risk are back in classes — but not at Mont Pleasant. In the second week of October, 18 students were suspended indefinitely from the school. City schools Superintendent Laurence Spring said none would ever return to Mont Pleasant. A few weeks later, some were promoted to ninth grade and sent to the high school, Spring said. Those students were ...


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safny
November 16, 2013
10:33 a.m.

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So they weren't far enough along to go to high school until they were suspended? Does that make any sense? And what about all the kids going to school three hours a day - what are they doing the rest of the time??? Until the parents are held accountable in some way - this is never going to get better.

JIMOCONNOR
November 16, 2013
10:42 a.m.

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I'm lost. Perhaps my reading comp isn't as i thought. My mind is so boggled by these machinations, i do not know where to start. I think i'm reading about misbehavior leading to promotion, one to one instruction, and more funding to BOCES. At the same time disenfranchised kids are being asked to increase their time and attention to tasks they've shunned.

I am all too familiar with NYSED's arcane suspension and due process procedures. I am even more familiar with NYSED's ability to pick and choose when to foist itself into, or, hide behind 'home rule' issues.

I am flabbergasted by the solutions this article describes.

wmarincic
November 16, 2013
12:23 p.m.

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Jim O'Connor, are you suggesting that a 16 year old thug that is not smart enough to pass a course designed for a 13 year old should not be promoted? How dare you, that's the new American way, we reward failure and bad decisions. Liberalism, because stupid just doesn't describe it!!!

irishlad1234
November 16, 2013
3:19 p.m.

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This is so sad, does this have something to do with no child left behind? As long as the government is involved in our education on the national level there will be problems just like this. 16 years old and still in the 8th grade, HELLO HELLO out there!

ramos12304
November 16, 2013
6:04 p.m.

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I'm sorry...16 in 8th grade? I was 13 when I started 9th grade and I repeated a grade in elementary school. If they couldn't do the work to pass middle school, what makes you think they can do the harder work load in the high school? But hey let's give them harder work that they won't be able to do which will put them farther behind and then they will just drop out and achieve nothing in life anyway...way to go Mr. Spring, way to solve that issue! That's just the beginning...so many issues with todays students and their behavior, lack of respect for adults and authority as well as peers, bullying that gets looked past because no one wants to deal with it, just to name a few. It's sad to think that this is the future of our country.

myers
November 16, 2013
9:07 p.m.

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They will probably quit school and be home all day but once they quit the school district will consider their job done and the problem resolved

ChuckD
November 16, 2013
9:38 p.m.

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I struggled with math in high school, enough so that I was sentenced to what then was nearly a death sentence: Summer School. In 13 years (K-12) of grade school in a local suburban district, I never knew of anyone more than one year behind.

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