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Posted on June 21 at 4:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What a great story of determination, hard work, and success.

Kudos to Ashante for attaining his goal, and the SCSD high school program and staff members who helped him succeed.

Nothing breeds success like success. May Ashante continue on this path.

From: Hard work pays off for unlikely Schenectady high graduate

Posted on May 22 at 1:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Can't imagine God as "punishing" the residents of Schenectady because they remain here, nor should they be seen as fools.

The fools would be those who constantly run down Schenectady in Daily Gazette blogs, TU blogs, and other community blogs.

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Please run for the City Council where you can use your expertise, as did Vince Riggi.

From: Editorial: Schenectady's '4 percent solution' won't solve assessment problem

Posted on April 9 at 3:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

More questions:
Will the student population of this charter school reflect the same %'s of ELL, Special Ed students, and Free-Reduced Lunch recipients of the SCSD, as now required in New York State?
Will financial support be provided by the Brighter Choice Foundation, and big corporations such as Walmart?
How many parents will be on the School Board of Eximius Academy?

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Posted on March 14 at 12:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why such negativity? Sounds like the first Open House was a success. May it lead to more people finding out about the wonderful homes that are available in Schenectady, and buying them.

From: Schenectady open houses see immediate success

Posted on January 28 at 12:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wmariincic: How do you infer that I am pro-union, and would rather have a failed learning system?
To the contrary, public education has been a beacon for this country since it's inception. It's purpose is to give all children a quality education that will serve them throughout their lifetime.
Unfortunately the "failure" has been that of our state government,and the federal government,
which have chosen to punish schools of needy
children, rather than give them the funds they
need to support those students for success.
NY State is the state that has the widest gap in spending for each student, between the wealthiest districts and the poorest districts. Don't students in poverty deserve equity in their
And no, this is not money for the teachers, but for the students, and the support and programs
they need. No one becomes a teacher for the
money. Ask how much of their own money most
teachers spend for the needs of their students.

From: Letters to the Editor for Jan. 27

Posted on January 27 at 1:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Totally agree with you. These forum dates were announced without much notice. The Board of Ed has been more transparent than those previous, but should have listened less to the BOCES leader's "cookie cutter" approach. Taped interviews would have helped reach more of the community.
Any thought of releasing transcripts of the forums?

From: Editorial: Candidate forums should be on TV

Posted on January 27 at 1:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

EH3 is correct.
Wmarincic, and some others posting here, continually promote school choice and union-bashing.
The problem with school choice, is that private schools do make the choice, leaving students who are more difficult to teach to the public schools, then comparing results.
Public education is for ALL children, rich or poor, with or without special needs.

As for paying teachers who "excell," and firing teachers who "underperform," let's first be sure there is a mechanism that accurately gauges performance including accounting for differences in percentages of ELL, Sp. ED, and students of poverty. School districts (urban), or teachers,, with large numbers of the above students, as well as fewer dollars to support each of their students, deserve fair methods of evaluations.
Thus far, that hasn't happened, and that is what teachers are seeking.
Let's not turn this into a "union-bashing" solution.
Evaluations will work, if they are done fairly.

From: Letters to the Editor for Jan. 27

Posted on August 16 at 3:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Judy really tells it like it is. And she's been sharing her experiences and observations about the violence in our city for a long time, as well its effect on our children.
Is anyone listening? It does take " a village to raise a child."
Where does Interim Mayor McCarthy stand on this?
How about the City Council Members? Recently, they presented her with a well - deserved award for her outstanding dedication and work through her Quest organization. But she cannot do this work alone! She needs the support of the Interim Mayor, the City Council members, the Schenectady City Police Dept., church member volunteers, members of fraternal organizations like the get the picture.
We can change this climate of violence, if we would stop complaining, and do something about it.
If we all pitch in, mentoring, or however possible, this can only benefit our youth, and our city, and guaranteed you will see an improvement in academic progress in our city schools.

By the way, Gazette Editors, why aren't you placing Judy's informative, from the heart, articles in your print editions, where more people would see them???
They are literary prizes.

From: Violence at every level

Posted on June 2 at 9:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Would they be interested in initiating a program such as the one in Florida?

From: Suspects from Schenectady gang sweep before judge over bail status

Posted on June 2 at 11:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A program such as PAL could go a long way toward steering our youth into positive directions BEFORE they reach the age when they can be recruited into gangs and selling drugs.
PAL has worked in many cities such as ours. There is a wonderful program in Florida where the county sheriff and his officers, plus volunteers, have raised money to buy bicycles and helmets for youth there. Those young people have been taught how to ride the bikes well enough to enter races. This has resulted in a visible shift toward positive self-esteem, and setting reasonable goals, both life-long skills.
The Schenectady City police, along with city officials and volunteers, could make this program work here in Schenectady, literally giving our children an alternative to gangs and crime.

From: Suspects from Schenectady gang sweep before judge over bail status

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