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Posted on February 27 at 9:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Congratulations to the Hamilton School staff! The teachers and principal have been professional and caring through the years, using their skills to teach students with many diverse needs. The difference here, is that added financial resources have made a huge difference. Now the District will be shifting more resources to Keane School. All of this points out that the NY State Legislature and Gov. Cuomo need to fund more equitablly the SCSD. Until then, it is a shell game, with District resources being taken from some schools, and redistributed to another school. Continuity in education is crucial. NYS government and Commissioner Elia: This is no way to fund public education.

From: Schenectady's Hamilton school to leave receivership

Posted on February 26 at 11:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Since there are few retail stores, and only one market of which I am aware, people will need to have parking spaces near their residences. Otherwise, they would be carting their purchases for distances. Until there are more retail stores downtown, and it becomes safer to walk distances, particularly at night, it's hard to understand why this must be done now. Concentrate on retail.

From: Schenectady may reduce parking requirements downtown

Posted on February 21 at 1:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dickmackinnon: Capital Plan funds are for building renovations in this case, not academic program support. That money is being used to make necessary improvements to Oneida School and Mt. Pleasant School, and other old Schenectady schools which needed better furnaces, roof repair, and other maintenance updates.
Frank Lowe: The fact that districts downstate can spend $20,000 per student per year, does not help students in the SCSD which spends far less per pupil! So you would advocate that suburban school district students should be financially supported at a higher level because their tax bases will support it, while students in poor cities like Schenectady should receive a lesser education because that's all its citizens can afford? There are many students in Schenectady who take rigorous courses such as the IB Program. The District must provide programs for those students, as well as the students who need much academic support to succeed. If you think privatization of schools is the answer, take a look at the record of Charter Schools. Truly private schools would accept the very best and well-behaved students, leaving the rest to public schools who accept all students. Public education is supposed to be available to all, and equitably financed.
Gplante: Teach 4 year olds to read and write??? If we want to improve the graduation rate in Schenectady, NYS must finance education here equitably. Otherwise the poor will remain poor; no casino will remedy that. You reap what you sow.

From: Coalition pushes effort to boost Schenectady school funding

Posted on February 20 at 11:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

gplante227: What many Charter Schools do differently is accept fewer Special Needs and Ell learners than the regular public schools in their neighborhood. It is well-documented. WE the people of Schenectady, students and taxpayers, have been receiving $60,000,000 LESS EACH YEAR from NY State, than proposed by the court settlement many years ago. That money would go a long way toward supporting our students so that the graduation rate rate would increase, and our taxes would decrease. Why confuse this issue by ranting about "educrats" and teacher's unions? That is a disservice to the many teachers in the SCSD who work hard with meager resources to teach their students day after day. If you want lower taxes, and better results, you should be supporting and joining this group.

From: Coalition pushing for education aid owed to Schenectady schools

Posted on February 19 at 10:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Finally a group in Schenectady that will pursue this very important issue. Too many generations of students of Schenectady's schools have been short-changed by the present system of financing education, as the 3 men in a room, and the rest of the legislators allow the State to neglect the court-ordered remedy.
The money that is actually owed to the SCSD each year will not only provide our students with the programs and staffing they need. It will also provide Schenectady taxpayers with much needed relief from our exorbitant school property taxes, for homes that have decreased in value.
Hopefully other groups, such as neighborhood associations, Civic groups, etc. will join the cause.

From: Coalition pushing for education aid owed to Schenectady schools

Posted on February 17 at 9:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If the streets are within the site, Rush Street should be responsible for maintaining the streets within.

Rush Street is an inappropriate name for a street. I agree with Vince that it is pretentious.
Leesa is right, naming the streets would be helpful for those using a GPS. But for that very reason, Mayor McCarthy and Leesa are incorrect about changing the name of the street. Existing car GPS's do not keep up with new addresses. Casino goers would be going around in circles looking for an address which no longer exists. To cause this confusion makes no sense.

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Posted on February 14 at 9:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

John King could not handle his job as Commisioner of Ed. in NY State. How can he possibly handle such a job on the national level? This is the Peter Principle operating.

The article neglects to mention Gov. Cuomo's huge part in the Common Core, testing, and teacher rating controversies in NY State. All of them were "rushed out" by his demands to the State Legislature, in return for money for Education in his budget. He has set back education in NY State by at least a decade. When 20% of state students were opted out of the Pearson tests by their parents last year, and his approval ratings went down, he started blaming State Ed and everyone else for the situation. He is slowly changing his public stance on testing, teacher rating, and Common Core.

From: King, ex-N.Y. ed chief, nominated to lead U.S. department

Posted on February 4 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hard to find anything to chuckle about in the next budget deficit cited in this article.
With all the money owed to the SCSD from the CFE case, and the lack of money available because of the way the tax cap will work this year, it would seem the District should be fighting for, and urging its community to fight for equity in funding for poor school districts. Wealthy school districts are not facing such cuts.
And do all elementary and K-8 schools receive the same amount of money for extended learning as the named schools?

From: Schenectady school district getting busy on $3.5M budget ‘gap’

Posted on February 4 at 10:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Excellent comment regarding the Casino 80 ft pylon.
When will the City Council and Mayor McCarthy acknowledge this "elephant in the room?"
The problem will not go away magically, and needs to be addressed BEFORE it is installed, not after!

From: Look at light issue from residences

Posted on January 31 at 11:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great opinion piece.
HELP could balance and complement the improvements to Downtown Schenectady. It would be an emphasis on a major problem in Schenectady, poverty, from which stems so many other community problems. Without that emphasis, it will be difficult for The City of Schenectady, and its School District to thrive.
Come on Council members and Mayor McCarthy, it's time to concentrate on this issue. EVERYONE in Schenectady will benefit.

From: Improving Schenectady's schools: City needs major initiative to help poor

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