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Posted on July 7 at 9:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gplante: What truths????

You continue to misrepresent SCOPE's mission.

From: Schenectady schools to get extra $500,000 in state funds

Posted on July 7 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No matter what the news is about the SCSD, here's the same ole' rant from the above commenter.
Spring's contention that the district has been severely underfunded by the state is well-substantiated by a number of studies. If only Mr. Plante would search them out and read them.
I congratulate Assemblymen Steck and SantaBarbara for seeing the acute need, and doing something about it, unlike our other representatives iin the legislature.

Mr. Plante DOES NOT represent the opinions of former SCOPE members.

From: Schenectady schools to get extra $500,000 in state funds

Posted on June 24 at 2:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

nlombardo: Every inner city school district in the state is facing the same problems. If these school districts (high need, low wealth) were funded with as much money as are the suburban districts (low-need, high wealth), programs and staff necessary for better results would be in place.
If the state takes over, and does not improve the funding playing field, nothing will change. Neither will moving teachers from so-called "non-failing" schools to "failing" schools. Teachers in low-wealth schools work very hard with fewer resources, often spending much of their own money for supplies and other items their students need. Widespread poverty has its own consequences.
The legislators and the governor know this. They are too weak and beholden to others to right this wrong.
How do they live with themselves, knowing they are short-changing a whole segment of children, for generations????

From: Schenectady likely to see more 'failing schools'

Posted on April 15 at 8:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

About SUNY Chancellor Zimppher's comment: Unfortunately, high-need, low-wealth schools whose students' scores may show intervention is needed, have not been provided with the proper financial support from NY State, in order to provide those interventions to all students who need it.
Why give tests, and not follow through with the necessary supports?
Cuomo has set back our educational system during his one term+ by his power struggle with the teacher's union, and his alliance with his wealthy supporters who don't support public education. He has not been "an advocate for students," as he once claimed. The tests, by Pearson, benefit no one other than Pearson.

From: Hundreds locally refuse to take state test

Posted on April 14 at 9:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What the Amsterdam School District is doing is a form of child abuse. Imagine at the third grade level, a student having to stand and tell his teacher that he/she will not be taking the test, when his parent has already sent a note to the school that the child will not take the test.

What then keeps other students that day from trying to opt out of the test without a parent letter?
It undermines the authority of the school district, and the teacher, and seems to say students can decide (at any age) against taking the tests on their own. This should be handled by the parent by a note, and conveyed to the child by the parent.

The "sit and stare" alternative (in some other school districts) for the length of these tests is also child abuse. Let them read a book!

From: Amsterdam test opt-outs told to speak up

Posted on April 5 at 10:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How about providing the necessary supports when the student STARTS to fail, as opposed to after a whole year of failure?
That would be a win, win, in all cases, hopefully avoiding a failure of the course,or grade level, and poor attitude toward school, as the student gains success and passes.
The SCSD has traditionally been weak at providing supports when the student most needs it: when he first starts to lose ground.

From: Fail a grade in Schenectady? No, you don’t

Posted on March 31 at 1:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is NOT fair to Schenectady, which has lost so much funding over the past 7 or 8 years.

Back to the drawing table to fund education in Schenectady with the amount received, rather than the amount that is needed. This amid claims from the Governor and some legislators that failure is caused by the teachers, etc, everything, except the failure of New York State to fund the schools of needy children adequately.

The average person in NY State understands what is driving Cuomo's agenda. It's not about the students!

From: School aid makes rich districts a little richer

Posted on March 31 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for writing an article that hits the nail on the head, Kathleen.

From: ‘Failing schools’ officials push for bump in funding

Posted on March 22 at 11:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Despite the previous two comments, this is a well-written article pointing out the difficulties faced by these young children, as they enter school, unless there are some meaningful interventions.

Chemung County has an excellent program that addresses these issues with many agencies in the community working together for the benefit of infants througn 5 year olds. Research has shown it to be very effective. Perhaps, Kathleen, you could write an informative article of how that program works,.
It's a program that the Schenectady Foundation could spearhead, which would improve the future of Schenectady's children who live in poverty.

From: Nearly half of Schenectady kids live in poverty

Posted on February 7 at 8:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To the contrary, for the first time in decades, this Board of Education has a Long Range Plan.
All schools in the District cannot go K-8, and provide equitable programs for their students, because of the small size of the schools.
The Long Range Plan, Pre-K-5, 6-8, provides the best programing for ALL students,
K-5 worked better in the past, and is the best configuration for student success.

From: Schenectady City School District puts $70M plan in motion

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