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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.

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Posted on February 7 at 6:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Please cite the studies that back up your statement.
It has not worked in the two smaller K-8's in the SCSD.
Vote yes for a more equitable plan for ALL students in the District.

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

Posted on December 5 at 9:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

David78: The fact that there has been little, or no equity for low-wealth, high need school district students is a problem all over the country, as it is true in the SCSD. This has been well-documented.
Contrary to your statement that the K-8 buildings are working well, Zoller and Paige were transformed from very successful K-5 programs. They do not have the number of foreign language choices, advanced subjects, an orchestra, a vice-principal at least half-time, and many of the other advantages of the other 2 K-8 buildings. That is partially due to space constraints. THAT is inequitable!
Making more buildings K-8 will further dilute the 6-8 program at more schools, not improve education for this age-group of children.

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Posted on November 21 at 10:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Gina99: Please cite "every educational expert" that says K-8 is better. Many studies have been done on the subject, and have found no clear difference, given that other factors are the same.
Show how this "proposal" will bankrupt every City taxpayer.
Broad statements such as these do not solve the problems facing the Schenectady City School district.

You sound like an interested person, so be part of the solution.

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Posted on November 15 at 3:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The former Schenectady charter school failed because its mangement failed to provide the education program promised, not because of outside forces.

The Schenectady School District needs adequate state funding, something NY state has refused to provide for years. With adequate funding, more services and appropriate personnel will make a huge difference in the education and lives of its students.

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Posted on October 18 at 9:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

She should be invited to speak at Mont Pleasant Middle School.
What a wonderful role model!

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Posted on July 31 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Steven Weisse deserves a Golden Apple from the SCSD, and a Patroon designation from the City of Schenectady!

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Posted on May 13 at 12:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There are many families in Schenectady that don't have a computer, nor do they subscribe to a newspaper.
Is information for Kindergarten, and Pre-Kindergarten registration provided at city libraries, and other places, where such families could access them?
Might be worth a try to in order to register as many Pre-k and K students as possible, as early as possible, thus having enough teachers and classrooms ready in time for school to start.

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Posted on April 12 at 9:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It is long past the time to take a good look at Magnet School funding, as Mr. Chestnut suggests.
The grant money for this program was eliminated years ago. Thus, money that could be used for students in the District's other schools, is instead subsidizing this program.
The District has never been forthcoming about exactly how much more money is spent on the magnet schools. Transparency would go a long way in discussing this issue with the financial facts finally being divulged.
All Board members and Superintendent Spring should seriously look into this, before any cuts are made.
As someone once noted in a letter to the Gazette, the Magnet Schools in Schenectady have become more like elite schools. CPIMS serves a disproportionate number of 12308 and 12309 students. Certainly not the intent of "Magnet" Schools as they were designed originally.

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Posted on April 6 at 9 a.m. (Suggest removal)

36 Reading Specialists for a High Need District of 10,000 students????? What are our legislators (and our Governor) thinking when they dole out the money by such an inequitable formula???
Sounds like it's time for a lawsuit on the grounds of racial discrimination in school district funding for education. They don't seem to respond to anything else.

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