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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.

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

Posted on April 23 at 2:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Year one teachers work one day for free, two days would be needed the second year,3 days by third year, and a month unpaid by retirement. That is a scheme to fund schools? Who would work in the district? Is there any evidence that Schenectady teachers are paid more than teachers in other districts?
The answer is that we need a funding system that will allow districts to reach the goals society wants. Cutting teacher pay won't get us there.

From: Teacher furloughs would cut school expenses

Posted on December 9 at 9:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Drive downtown, Schenectady is in a Renaissance.

From: Moreland Commission a sham because Cuomo kept it at bay

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

A most recent letter is the constant charge that Pres. Obama is weak in foreign policy. Let’s check the record:
War in Iraq ended
War in Afghanistan nearly ended.
Osama Bin Laden killed in his bedroom, no less.
Hundreds or more Taliban and El Qaida killed by drones and other means.
Gaddafi removed with no troops on the ground as Republican hawks demanded
Syria destroying its chemical weapons without troops on the ground as hawks also demanded.
Iran about to agree to nuclear deal avoiding military action same war mongers wanted.
Most important, a firm policy to avoid sending American service people into every possible trouble spot.
Smooth relations with all parts of the world. Recent ruffles about spying not started by this administration.
New focus on China vicinity as a place for strong military presence.
All this is failure?

From: Boycott is only way to get stores closed

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