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Last spring, the Niskayuna school board talked about soliciting tuition-paying foreign students as a way to raise money and add diversity to its homogenous student body — two valid objectives. Unfortunately, the idea didn’t get very far. Now the board has expanded the idea to include students from around the region, too. Well, all right then. Why not? There’s nothing wrong with Niskayuna or any other school district taking in a few or even a ...


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ronzo
November 30, 2013
7:10 a.m.

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Who are these people? Are they the ones who resist merging their school district with others to gain efficiencies and provide an equal education opportunity for all students in the county? Are they so uppity to think that opening their schools to everyone will allow the seepage of rif-raff from other places into their schools – as exemplified by the fortress-like black fence that secures the school grounds on Balltown Rd.? But they advocate the cherry-picking of students from wealthier families in the county and want to “invite” them into their schools for a hefty fee? And that's not only OK but condoned? Who are these arrogant uppity snobs?

tonijean613
November 30, 2013
10:54 a.m.

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The Economic and Social divide cannot be more apparent than in Schenectady County-
Nisky and Schdy High. The County should encourage a student exchange/lottery to promote diversity and study the effects on learning. Or what about exchanging the teachers to see what effect that may have on learning. What makes one district better than the other? Is it the really the quality of the teachers or the wealth of the population? Does Nisky really have better teachers than Schdy? If so why?

ronzo
November 30, 2013
12:18 p.m.

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tonijean613: what you describe are some of the fundamental tenets of a single county based school system. But instead, the little individual school district turfdoms that have their own singular interests prevail over one that benefits everyone in a county, not only for educational reasons but also for cost to the taxpayer reasons.

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