Comments by schdyres1
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!
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.
Posted on January 30 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Thank you Assemblyman Steck for pointing out the difference between funding GEA restoration/the CFE formula aid, and which types of schools would benefit from each. Unfortunately there apparently is not enough money in the state budget to do both.
If anything, the needs of poor school districts like Schenectady, who have been shortchanged for DECADES, must be considered first. The kinds of programs and staff which they have eliminated year after year, are much more serious than the kinds of cuts proposed by wealthier districts.
Now is the time to take care of low-wealth districts. Their students have been denied the educational resources they need, and are owed, for far too long.
Posted on January 23 at 3:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Wmarinac: Simple solution to a complex situation. Private schools (school choice) do not open their arms to all students. Then what happens to the rest of the students who are not accepted nor retained in those schools? Using public funds to support non-public students does not further the education of society as a whole.
Busting on teachers' unions solves nothing. They not only advocate for better job conditions, but also advocate for students. They have been a loud voice, along with parents, in pointing out the pitfalls of the present testing system, and NYS policies that have been extremely detrimental to public education.
Posted on January 23 at 10:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)
NYS does NOT continually throw money at all schools. It is well-documented that many poor wealth school districts spend, and are given by the State, much less money per student than their wealthy counterparts. These are the districts whose students need much more support per student, not less.
It is also well-documented that Charter Schools do not do better than other public schools in educating students. They discourage from attending and staying in their schools, the students who need more financial support to succeed, such as ESL, Special Ed., etc. Therefore they generally are not educating the same pool of students as the neighborhood public schools from which they draw their students. Overall they do about the same, despite this unfair advantage.
They may seem to educate students for less money, because they may often have financial support from groups such as the Waltons. Some of their owners are companies that actually make a profit from using public education funds. Why should they make a profit from our tax-paying dollars?
Hard to tell much about their finances because they do not need to present their budgets for passing, as other public schools do. The money they receive comes from the State, via the local school district, which MUST submit their budget to voters.
Charter Schools do not have elected Boards of Education. There is very little oversight, if any, by the local taxpayers.
Teacher turnover is usually high in Charter Schools, providing less continuity, and less experienced teachers.
Posted on January 22 at 10:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Unfortunately our Schenectady income tax money is paid to NY State, like it or not, and sent back to our poor wealth school district disproportionately to wealthy school districts, and the needs of its student population.
That is the point.
Posted on January 22 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Long past the time every Schenectady resident should call, write, or email our NY State legislators, and Gov. Cuomo about this immoral situation.
This lop-sided, political, inequitable way of funding education is most detrimental to poor school districts, like Schenectady. Detrimental not only to the education and future of poor and other students who live in these school districts, but to every city of Schenectady, property-tax paying resident. Schenectady is not, and for decades has not been, lreceiving anywhere near its share of education funding.
If this situation isn't rectified in this April 1 budget, it's time to vote every NYS legislator out this November, who doesn' restore the funding owed to our Schenectady students and residents.
To constantly complain about "failing" schools, and then underfund them by so much is hypocrisy!
Our community deserves much better than this.
Posted on January 21 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)
High-need, low-wealth school districts have been cutting staff and programs for decades. SCSD is owed $64,000,000 by NY State per the Foundation Aid funding.formula. That amounts to over $6,000 per Scenectady student!
Legislators and the Governor need to change the tax cap to a steady, reliable 2%, not a percentage that can fluctuate so wildly.
Between the tax cap, the GEA,, and not funding properly those schools whose students live in poverty, it looks like the legislators and Gov. Cuomo are at war with public education.
And the Gov. has included in his budget another attempt to take money from public education, and send it to private schools.
Shame on NY State.
Posted on January 20 at 2:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Looking through the "pork barrel" grants since 2008, it is noteworthy that none were issued to Schenectady County or The City of Schenectady, compared to other upstate counties and cities listed.
Why aren't our Schenectady city and county governments submitting proposals, so we can get needed funding back ffrom our state taxes?
Syracuse, Utica,Buffalo, Rochester, Geneva, Newburgh, etc. and many more have been beneficiaries.
Posted on December 15 at 11:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)
What Governor Cuomo does not, and has not understood is the disadvantage placed on small city school districts by the current method of funding them. For him to call out those districts for failure, while at the same time denying them the funding needed for higher graduation rates, and test scores is hypocrisy.