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Posted on June 28 at 2:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wish you would stop calling the Schenectady schools "underperforming". You should read the achievements of the top 10 graduates on the district web site and note the colleges they will attend. Read Fred LaBrun's column in today's TU for his analysis of the governor's attacks on schools. Realize that the state scales test scores so that urban schools are made to look bad. Poor children are unable to succeed on the state tests as well as middle class kids everywhere. The charter school developers in Albany thought they could destroy the Albany schools but they failed and the students are being sent back to the public schools from many of the "underperforming" charters.


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Posted on April 29 at 9:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Did she have a child who succeeds well in school, but does poorly on standardized tests, or a child who needs Special Education? If so, she would not be singing Cuomo's song. When all teachers who teach Special Ed and other learning challenged students are fired for being ineffective based on the tests, what will happen to those students? Maybe, the disconnect is the tests don't prove anything about teaching and learning and principals and other evaluators of teachers know better than the test makers.


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Posted on April 27 at 7:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A retired teacher's comments: Previous to the last decade, standardized tests were given to give teachers guidance on a student's strengths and weaknesses. Teachers told the kids to relax and do their best. In the last decade the tests have been used to label schools as failing and Gov. Cuomo forced teacher ratings into the tests results. As a result, teachers are forced to teach to the tests, practically all year and to push the students to do their best making a stressful situation for everyone involved. It has become a stressful and unproductive activity.
You and all the press could investigate the scoring of the tests, the grading and the meaning of the scores given, and the question of a failing curve being used among other issues.
Why do most kids pass Regents tests, for example, if they are " failing" in 3-8th grade tests?


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Posted on April 5 at 11:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The author of the above editorial should read Fred LaBrun's column in Sunday's Times Union to better understand the impact of the Governor's education"reforms" on public schools.


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Posted on March 24 at 7:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Re: Mr Cazer,
The fact that President Obama's father and grandfather were half way across the world after he was 2 years old means nothing to your wild theories it seems. Calling someone a Commie in 2015 is about 50 years out of date. We have 6 years of the President in office to judge. You haters should be kissing his feet for his capitalist policies such as saving Wall Street and the Banks after they trashed the economy and leaving them basically unpunished.


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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.


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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?


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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?


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

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


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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.


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