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Graduation rate slips at Schenectady High

SCCC Home Health Aide instructor Margie Wickerham talks to her class about the uses of a "gait belt" for moving an individual from bed to wheelchair or for the purposes of holding and walking a patient.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
SCCC Home Health Aide instructor Margie Wickerham talks to her class about the uses of a "gait belt" for moving an individual from bed to wheelchair or for the purposes of holding and walking a patient.
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Today's dropouts have fewer options. Trouble four years ago is back to haunt the graduating class at Schenectady High School. The class of 2014 had a record number of students fail ninth grade, with 180 teens held back to do the year again. That left the class with just 553 students who could graduate on time. Even if every remaining student put on a perfect academic performance for three full years, the best the class ...


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birmy
June 22, 2014
1:55 a.m.

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Social promotion is one alternative to holding a student back who does not have the skills to enter the next grade. I believe most people would say students should not be allowed to go to the next grade until they have mastered the skills. For every student who acts up and who does not invest in their education it makes it that much easier for the next person in line to make those choices. Vicious cycle.

safny
June 22, 2014
7:12 a.m.

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I wonder how many of those people who do not have a high school diploma or a GED/TASC have children? And how much time do they spend encouraging their children to study, or reading to them, or helping them? There is no real way to hold people accountable for letting their kids skip school. Also - if there are that many people here without HS diplomas - that is close to or more that 10% of the city's population!! It's terrible. Believe me, if we get a casino they will not be working there.

joycemadre
June 22, 2014
9:16 a.m.

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This is a very sad situation, obviously the system in place isn't working. Perhaps taking back the direction not only of the schools but the community is to be considered. How about a form of orphanage where the children have structure, meals, and a place to learn life skills and study habits. The parents similar situation and if they don't want to comply ok , but no welfare will be available either. These homes perhaps create jobs and possibly cost less then the welfare system to tax payers. Even if it was just a start to correct the system in place.
The current system appears to be only getting things worse. Just an idea.

JIMOCONNOR
June 22, 2014
10:05 a.m.

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Tell you what daily, contemplate waking up in a hospital, or, nursing home one day dependent upon one of these animal's animal for your care.

nanmossey
June 22, 2014
5:17 p.m.

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Instead of judging and condemning, consider helping. Kids who participate in the Boys and Girls Club beat these odds, hands down. The clubs are not government-funded, and rely on the resources that the community can offer. Volunteer, mentor or donate. It's so easy to make a difference.

JIMOCONNOR
June 23, 2014
10:58 a.m.

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daily, you are quite correct. many do rise above a variety of circumstances to become competent and productive. i would still harbor some worry if they suspected i publicly called their parents 'animals.'

i recommend you check local health care hiring practices to get a sense of the demographic seeking and getting entry level jobs. remember, dietary aids, c.n.a's and l.p.n's are the positions with the most patient contact AND least ultimate responsibility.

good health to u and yours

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