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Posted on April 2 at 7:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe NYS lotto will try this?


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Posted on March 28 at 7:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

On March 1, two billboards went up on Erie Boulevard beckoning passersby to come to the mall.

Maybe the guy from Istanbul saw the billboard?


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Posted on March 22 at 7:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If poverty increases would we expect student achievement in schools to rise or fall? If poverty is rising is it wise to implement teacher evaluations measures allowing teachers to be fired if students do not increase their score on state exams? Does the community want students to get a well rounded liberal arts curriculum and get everyone ready for college? Or does the community realize the challenges and realize reading, writing and arithmetic mastery on grade level is better than "must get the same education as every other student in public schools so you can get a Regents Diploma and go to college?" What about Vo Tec skills and automotive repair, plumber, welder and other skills that could be obtained in high school instead of "I'm going to college no matter what my abilities are."


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Posted on March 8 at 9:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just read this online. "The Albany school district sends more than $35 million a year to charters, and as state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said, exactly where that money goes is not easy to figure out."

Hmmm. No pension and no health insurance for life for employees equals big profits for the core grow of investors all in the name of school choice and better education for kids in which the latter cannot be true in many cases as Charters are closing for horrible performance!


From: Charter school advocates, teachers rally in Albany


Posted on March 4 at 8:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Brighter Choice Charter School is likely to close because of poor performance. So the state now wants to create more charter schools. Even though many have failed and the ones who are still open have not always shown a meaningful percentage of improvement versus public school if any at all.

The highest paid superintendent in NYS might make $350,000 if I recall correctly. I am quite certain that the Charter School CEO type individual who helps the "movement" makes close to $400,000 as reported in the newspaper. Does anyone believe that charter schools who DO NOT provide pensions to employees in 99% of their schools take that pension money and route it back into the classroom?

The whole failing school thing is a bit flimsy because by and large they are inner city schools. So who is actually failing those kids in the inner city? The teacher grading their work or giving a zero when no work is turned in? The teacher who cannot in all cases convince a student to be committed to school? The parent(s)? The kid themselves? NYS Education Department for allowing kids who cannot read and write to still take all 8 classes for a nice liberal arts curriculum?

I HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE SOME CHARTER SCHOOLS OFFER A VIABLE CHOICE FOR A PARENT THAT IS BETTER THAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. BUT I BELIEVE THERE ARE SO MANY MORE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE "MOVEMENT" THAT ARE SIMPLY "IN ON THIS GAME" TO GET THE PUBLIC SCHOOL MONEY. ITS A BUSINESS. WHEN YOU TAKE $15,000 PER STUDENT AND DON'T HAVE TO PAY PENSION OR HEALTH BENEFITS FOR LIFE IN RETIREMENT FOR EMPLOYEES YOU PROBABLY WILL GET RICH IF YOU HAVE A FINANCIAL STAKE. WOULD A BILLIONAIRE OR WOULD A RICH PERSON CONSIDER SCHOOLS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SOME MONEY? MY PERSONAL BELIEF IS YES.

I think its a big ruse. Instead of putting out new evaluations for teachers statewide why doesn't someone figure out how to get inner city kids who come to school with 1 million less words that they have heard COMPARED TO SUBURBAN COUNTERPARTS to perform better - without siphoning money away from public schools in the name of school choice. I smell BS. Pension money and health insurance benefits for life goes bye bye for charter school employees and is making the inner sanctum of the charter school movement rich IMO.


From: Charter school advocates, teachers rally in Albany


Posted on February 28 at 7:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"The Georges have been frequently behind, with records this week showing they were currently behind for both 2013 and 2014, with about $186,000 owed."

Sounds like they have not paid taxes in 5-6 years or more.


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Posted on February 14 at 7:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Next thing is to get rid of the useless 4 year college programs… High Schools offer Vo-Tec which provides students who are likely not to go to college job skills in areas like nursing and automotive repair.

395 students at SCCC take health studies. The article implied it DOES NOT help you become a nurse. What on earth are they studying? I don't understand.


From: Colleges rethink certificate programs


Posted on February 9 at 3:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good luck. I am sure everyone will agree on this.


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Posted on January 31 at 7:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It states, "Where are they now? Percentage of high school graduates from Schenectady County public schools who were in college a year later — for 2012, 2013 and 2014."

Schenectady 73 75 75

These numbers from Schenectady are in the ballpark of Suburban schools! 3/4 of students were accepted by a college. That is good news for Schenectady.


From: State keeping tabs on graduates


Posted on January 15 at 8:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They also buy votes.


From: Cuomo: $1.5B upstate NY economic competition


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