Comments by birmy
Posted on December 8 at 7:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Wait a second. I've read that teaching is easy! This doesn't sound like an easy job. So much so that anyone who becomes a principal runs for cover as soon as they can.
I read this. "McEvoy wanted every teacher to respond to tardy students in the same way — let them enter class quietly and punish them later, when the teacher had a free moment." How many "free" moments does it sound like they have???!!!! LOL!!!!!
THE ABOVE IS DONE SO THAT THE 2 ADMINISTRATORS ON STAFF DON'T HAVE 30-50 KIDS IN THEIR OFFICE FOR BEING TARDY. THEY PASS THE BUCK TO THE TEACHER FEELING THAT IT IS THEIR ONLY CHOICE. OTHER SCHOOLS MAKE TEACHERS LOCK THE DOORS AND AN ANNOUNCEMENT COMES OVER THE SPEAKER AND THOSE KIDS WHO ARE TARDY GO TO ATTENDANCE OFFICE WHERE THEY GET A DETENTION SLIP. HALLWAY MONITORS ARE OFTEN IN LARGE NUMBERS AND CARRY OUT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ESCORTING KIDS FROM THE HALLWAY TO ATTENDANCE ETC.
We have learned the problem is not the paraprofessionals not being in the building. Its not the decisions of the Superintendent that led to this. Its not the merging of the school... I'd be interested to learn whose fault all of this is? Maybe we can start blaming the teacher this time? I've never read that in the paper before.
Posted on December 7 at 7:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Posted on December 3 at 9:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)
LOL. Amazing this place cannot make a profit. All those $400,000 paid employees didn't do the trick?
Posted on December 3 at 9:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It appears that the City's financial problems will be shouldered more by the County if Schenectady does not have to make the County whole for taxes not paid by City homeowners. If you live in Schenectady you want this change as it could conceivably ease financial issues in the City. If you are a County taxpayer who does not reside in Schenectady you want nothing to do with this change because your tax rate while lower than Schenectady doesn't help much because your tax bill might be much higher because your home is worth more. I am not sure if there is a long term solution proposed by the Schenectady City Council. They want to share the pain.
Posted on December 2 at 10:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)
We can all complain about teachers, cops, fireman, government, ObamaCare and all the rest of the things in world that are not perfect. But when we have idiots who are immoral and think its funny to shoot innocent people in the face with a BB Gun risking loss of eyesight or worse it makes it almost impossible for things to function or work properly in the world. It's just hard to believe it is a 30, 40 or 50 year old doing this. If you are doing this type of thing for fun I can only imagine the other things they are involved with that lead to a less civilized life for everyone else.
Posted on November 24 at 7:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I don't like the idea. If you have a 2 million deficit more time should be spent on saving $500,000 here or $500,000 there. I know someone that just withdrew their kid from Niskayuna because of a large class size. They supposedly had an unanticipated enrollment jump with district transfers. Ever dollar counts but... I don't like this idea. Time better spent focusing elsewhere.
Posted on November 20 at 6:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Hmmm. That is my first thought when I read "inadvertent". Second thought is I really wonder if people think teachers are able to fix all these problems exhibited by students. Are students throwing chairs in the direction of adults in other districts?
Posted on October 31 at 10:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Reader 1- in response to your comments directed at me.
"Investigators relied heavily on student progress reports to determine whether teachers treated their students fairly." Progress reports are the sentence long comments parents receive with the student report card. Most districts have a maximum of 3 comments a parents can receive. "Is passing." "Satisfactory." "Is a pleasure to have in class."
LOL. Investigation of the century it sounds like.
Posted on October 30 at 8:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)
To be chosen for special education a full committee, parents, teachers (plural), special ed. chair, administrative chair in special ed., school psychologist, must sign off on it based in part on results of exams administered by the school psychologist. These exams cover the gamut including reading and writing abilities etc. "Similar academic and behavior problems" does not equate to similar psychological exam results which can show if a student has a learning deficit. It "looks bad" if only students of color are referred in the small sample provided, regardless of whether or not if they are the ones who deserve the modifications that special ed. services provide. OCR wants to make things "look better" IMO. In an elementary school in Schenectady there might be 60-100 teachers. They found 14 that only referred students of color for special ed. services. Hmmm. This does not seem shocking if we look at proficiency levels statewide for that population as well as graduation rates.
Posted on October 26 at 12:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)