Comments by birmy
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)
Posted on October 12 at 7:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Could this be the teacher's fault? I have read many comments before that discusses how teachers are at fault. I am unsure if those posters will comment? I also wonder if these students are studying a lot at home? Are they taking a stake in their education? Who hit the principal in the face? These questions need to be answered.
Posted on September 14 at 7:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The Gazette wrote, "Kids shouldn’t have to buy their own pencils or notebooks or glue sticks, or anything else they need to thrive in class." LOL. What about teaching some responsibility? No pencils? No notebook? Really? I am not sure what message we are sending to the world when we have shed all responsibility from the parents and teachers in this country. I may be wrong but I thought Schenectady schools stopped requiring homework of students at certain grade levels and is now providing everyone with a free breakfast and lunch. The intent may have been in the right place but the reality is the position being taken by many is NOTHING is required of the parents or children. It seems like it is the responsibility of the schools and teachers ONLY. I think that is the wrong message.
Posted on September 7 at 7:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Never heard the scream Fire over Rape strategy. I wonder what the rationale is? I suppose everyone will run to help if there is a fire but might be afraid if there is a rape?
Posted on September 6 at 3:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Posted on September 2 at 11:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)
A 10.38 percent gain in a year is very good not withstanding that it failed to even match the index. In the last 3 months it appears the gain was just .29 percent again failing to compete with the 500 largest companies in US. Maybe the pension fund should buy some more index funds and save on management fees in the process? I wonder how much management fees the pension managers are taking? I hope its not 3% (this is HUGE NUMBER AND I DOUBT IT) because that would account for the discrepancy...
Posted on September 1 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The math is not explained well. I know that the newest Tier enacted just a couple years ago allows for police and fire to only use 15% of their overtime towards their final average salary which is generally their last 3 years of service. That is simple. If your base salary is $60,000 and you make $25,000 of overtime then only $12,000 of it can be used towards your final average salary.
The Gazette writes but does not cite an example...
"Even the state booklet on the retirement system suggested employees would probably never hit the 20 percent income limits, which stop employees from maxing out their pension with just one year of extreme overtime. 'A 20 percent increase from one year to another is unusual. Therefore, most Tier 1 members are not affected by this limitation,' the booklet said.
I am uncertain what a 20% income limit is? I don't think it means 20% of base pay. Because why would a police officer have a base pay of about $63,800 and then earn $36,200 in overtime and end up with a pension in the 80's? The Gazette could of explained how much of the $36,200 applies to the final average salary for pension purposes. I do not believe the answer is 20% of $63,800.
Then it gets more confusing when you read, "Depending on their tier in the retirement system, they can only increase their salary by 10 to 20 percent each year, so they have to build up overtime pay over the years, pay that could more than double their pension."
I am interested I the Math of it. As far as if the City can afford it is another question.
Posted on August 30 at 11:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I wish the Gazette elaborated on what they wrote below in quotes. Current government and school district employees are "currently in the system" too. Maybe the writer is suggesting the lobbyists want to create a new Tier? That would be about 3 tiers in the last 5-6 years or so. I believe the last tier created a system where employees pay 49% of costs associated with a pension and the state pays the rest and one cannot retire until they are 63 regardless of number of years in the system. (I think).
"Ironically (and hypocritically, union workers say), Acquario and some of the other lobbyists are now asking the state to limit pensions for government and school district employees. But their own pensions cannot be limited, because the state constitution prohibits it for those currently in the system."