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Posted on January 13 at 7:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The author of the editorial needs substantial tutoring in education to better understand this topic. First, doing away with local measurements would increase standardized tests not reduce them. Local evaluation activities are not standardized, state tests are.
Second reading an article A Tougher Love in Sunday's T-U would give perspective on the range of challenges presenting by public school students.
Third, the Fred LaBrun column the same day would give perspective on what is really going on in education policy making.
Finally, the Regents and the ED Department have a record of decisions that don't work or make things better.

From: Address teacher competency first

Posted on December 22 at 4:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To push safny's comments. It is time for the news media to investigate the costs the city and county will bear. Who will pay the costs of security in the parking areas after dark,for instance? In general, what will this cost the public?

From: Schenectady wins casino license, but much of region will be involved

Posted on November 3 at 4:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Outstanding article. The press has been way too tolerant of this behavior. Writers above may not realize laws require a government issued id. What if you are 80, have voted every election in the same poling place since you were 21 and no longer drive? What do you use as id? You can be turned away. That is the point. Buying a card to vote only is a poll tax no matter what else you spend your money on. A convent of retired nuns were turned away in Indiana when this all started. I wonder who the "they" are in the first response?

From: We should be making voting easier, not more difficult

Posted on November 1 at 8:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr Hughes's letter is outlandish bigotry which does not desire printing.

From: Ghosts of past: Help put U.S. back on track

Posted on July 13 at 12:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Gazette author of the piece arguing for an end to tenure only needs to look in his paper's file from last Fall to read about a basketball coach in a local district who was fired by a Board of Ed from the coaching position over the recommendation of the Principal and AD. Investigation would reveal parental pressure maybe including a Board of Ed member with a player son on the team led to the firing. Coaches do not have tenure or seniority. Perfect example of the importance of tenure.

From: Tenure: A necessary protection

Posted on June 11 at 4:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

When Galesi or Rush Street try to get their taxes and assessments lowered, you need to lead the way in criticizing them.

From: Editorial: Casino would provide needed boost

Posted on June 11 at 4:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why is thate news compared to the pay of CEOs and one percenters?

From: NY is tops in teacher salaries

Posted on June 5 at 4:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Council members asked almost no questions of the presenters Monday night.
Quite poor representation on their part.

From: Editorial: Let people be heard on casino plan

Posted on May 8 at 6:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is not a topic that the "teachers unions" as the press loves to rail against had on their agenda. It is the teacher training programs. The "union" jumped in at the last minute to help.
If your writers knew all the details of the tests and the busy work involved in this ed-TPA you would understand the need for change and delay. The so called union is only asking for delay. The whole thing is a mess of expensive tests and busy work.
What should be done is inspect and certify college programs, then give certification to its graduates. What's wrong is exactly what is wrong with the Common Core mess- too many tests, too expensive of time and money, and rushed before proper time to prepare.

From: Delay in teacher certification tests just a sop to unions

Posted on April 23 at 2:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Absolutely right. The press has not covered the fact that Brighter Choices closed one school last June for poor results and will close another this year before it gets ordered closed. Buried in the news is poor results for Green Tech charter, some below Albany High.

From: State puts burden of ineffective charter schools on taxpayers

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