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James R April 10, 2014 at 08:00 am
What ever happened to the separation of "church and state"?
bruce stokes April 10, 2014 at 08:01 am
Gov. cumo , will not intervene , It all comes down to the voting block . Politicians won'tRead More jeopardize their reelection . For the good of the people .
Charles Clewsow April 10, 2014 at 08:04 am
"James R What ever happened to the separation of "church and state"?"Read More Apparently it does not apply to certain ultra orthodox synagogues
Karen Magee. Photo credit: Jessica Bakeman, CapitalNewYork.com
New York Patriot April 8, 2014 at 08:13 pm
Common Core is similar to Obamacare. Both are examples of Liberal-sponsored "big governmentRead More knows best" ideology shifts that Americans are just beginning to wise up to and oppose. And, as stated by several above, the only reason this new union head is opposed to Common Core is to get rid of the teacher evaluations. When the teachers union is done "opposing" Common Core, it will be essentially unchanged but for the teacher evals which will change dramatically or disappear.
Gloria R. April 8, 2014 at 08:26 pm
the only reason this new union head is opposed to Common Core is to get rid of the teacherRead More evaluations. and of course to get elected
Theresa Flora April 9, 2014 at 07:25 pm
Or maybe... http://perdidostreetschool.blogspot.com/2014/04/nysut-president-magee-strikes.html
Watchdog March 11, 2014 at 08:41 am
Resume is incomplete. A month after he left office after 20 years Rockland County had just $42 ,000Read More in cash, unable to pay its bills until partially bailed out by a bond offering which still leaves us $30 million in the red. By ALL ACCOUNTS. The triumvirate of Vanderhoef, Cornell and Schoenberger was a DISASTER for Rockland County.
Mad Dog March 11, 2014 at 10:21 am
How is this man qualified to run this so called "institute"? His idea of leadership inRead More the County was to bend over for the Monsey, New Square crowd and give them what they wanted just to get elected and re-elected time and again. How is that leadership? Other than drive the county towards financial Armageddon what did he actually achieve in Rockland county? The only thing I can think of is Haverstraw Bay County Park (a very nice park by the way). And even there if you hit the place on the wrong day you have to turn around and leave because of all the Hasidic that over-run the place. People can preach tolerance and some would say my comments are intolerant but there are no group of people as rude and intolerant as those people are.
Watchdog March 11, 2014 at 08:03 pm
The real question is....why would any organization want a failed executive to run theirRead More organization?
New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King fielded angry questions and comments at a Common Core forum on Long Island in 2013.
NYCLU LHV March 19, 2014 at 03:44 pm
We will be holding a free public forum on our students' right to learn. Among the topics to beRead More discussed will be about the Common Core. Please join us at the Greenburgh Public Library on March 25 at 6:30 PM. Thank you, lowerhudsonvalley@nyclu.org
Commack Resident March 21, 2014 at 11:02 am
My son is a top student in 4th grade. He easily passed the new Common Core State ELA and Math testsRead More last year. This year, he is NOT taking them. I have no doubt he would "pass" again, but, really, is there any real value to passing a meaningless test? He consistently earns top scores on all classroom exams. He reads at an 8th grade level. He has nothing to prove, and I will not allow my 9 year old child to sit through more than 12 hours of tests to prove what we already know...he can read, write and do math at, at least, a 4th grade level. It is not kids like my son that I am concerned about. Other children are the ones hurt most by these tests. Like the little boy we know, who is one of the best math students in his grade, yet gets pulled from the classroom to attend mandatory remedial math instruction because of poor performance on last year's state tests. No one- not his parents, his teacher, or the remedial instructor-thinks this boy needs remedial instruction. Yet, it is mandatory because of a poorly written, ambiguous exam, that failed to test the concepts that the children were taught in the classroom. Many, many students are in similar situations. I am not against standardized tests in general. I allowed my son to take them last year and he performed well. Now that I realize how utterly meaningless the state tests are in their current form, and also just how many hours these poor little children are forced to sit through to take them, I am vehemently opposed to them. We have notified the school, in advance, of our decision to refuse the tests this year. I urge all parents to do the same. We will continue to refuse the tests every year, until the subject matter being tested actually has a real relationship to what the kids are being taught in the classroom, and until the 12 hour-long evaluation is reduced to a more reasonable length, one that 8 and 9 year olds can actually be expected to sit still and concentrate for.
Aidan April 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm
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Anne Oakley February 25, 2014 at 08:28 pm
Wishing you the best of luck in all you do!
Mike Smith February 26, 2014 at 10:56 am
Maybe Pearl River can lure him out of his retirement. He would be a tremendous improvement overRead More Morgano
Protesters stand outside of the News 12 studio in Woodbury on Monday to demand Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fix or scrap the controversial new Common Core curriculum. Credit: Monica Gleberman
Bob Zahm April 11, 2014 at 10:23 pm
@Aidan - you're turning into a spammer! the same url on three different threads. really necessary?
Aidan April 13, 2014 at 05:56 am
Just trying to educate you … over and over again.
David April 13, 2014 at 02:18 pm
@Elsie I'll grant that it's a hard question for second grade. Students can show divisibility byRead More showing 12 being split into 4 equal parts, and again into 6 equal parts, with a diagram, but I think few second graders would get this right. Any second grader who gets this right is showing unusual mathematical talent, or at least unusual advancement in meeting common core standards. Don't we want to allow such unusual talent to be recognized? Especially in elementary grades these days, there seems so little opportunity for it these days.
Parents packed a Port Chester auditorium in October 2013 to protest the Common Core standards and tests.
Robert Wingate March 3, 2014 at 07:53 pm
I have put two children through high school in several Westchester school districts, as well asRead More having lived in Colorado where far few dollars were allocated for public education, to the great detriment of the systems and students in that state. I think the majority of the teachers our children have studied with, in both places, have been conscientious, intelligent and committed educators, and New York in particular has been blessed by high quality teaching in many of its schools. I think the schools could probably do a decent job working with the Common Core's emphasis on more rigorous thinking, if given the sufficient level of resources needed to train and support teachers in the course of the rollout. I do not have the sense that our state, with its often penny-wise and pound-foolish attitude toward holding back resources from school districts in need, such as by imposing a stifling property tax cap, has made this commitment in full, even as it has enforced the standardized evaluation measures that come with the curriculum. But I think local school districts are trying to catch up to the curriculum's demands. I wish them luck.
Harold1968 March 4, 2014 at 10:17 am
Robert, Taxpayers have been throwing money at the education system for decades while being told byRead More the teachers union to "think of the children!". Ironically the more we give the teachers the worse our children do compared to the rest of the world. Taypayers are done with this charade. The tax cap is the only sanity in the county with the highest property taxes in America.
Aidan April 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Mike January 25, 2014 at 09:35 am
Again, no mention of administrator salaries, including Mr. Van Wynen's own. Maybe the PRSD shouldRead More take its cue from our newly elected County Supervisor who has just announced cuts in his own administration. With Morgano leaving, I think the BOE should carefully look at each administrator and department in the central office and each and ever position should be justified and if needed create new job descriptions and merge roles. I suspect the workload by administrators in that building is quite minuscule as well as not terrible effective. Put the savings into the teacher salaries and programs for the children.
Kelly Garrett January 27, 2014 at 03:39 pm
It is such a shame to cut Freshman sports for the budgets' sake. What are these kids supposed to doRead More after school? These kids look forward to these programs and in many cases, work hard academically to make the team. Academically, programs are being cut left and right all for the sake of these highly paid administrators. Cut the fat from the offices and give it back to the kids. Better programs is the reason we moved here.
Mike January 27, 2014 at 07:07 pm
Better programs at PRSD no longer exist. At best, it is an average school district with little helpRead More for students who need services.
Mike January 23, 2014 at 07:41 am
Budget preview from PRSD perspective and spin: NYS mandates our curriculum, we have very littleRead More discretion and no money. The little bit we have will be used to continue to fund the salaries and positions of administrators, we have a few bucks for the teachers and if your child needs any extra services you are out of luck in this district. But we still have Malcolm Baldridge Award Winner on our letter head!
Mike January 21, 2014 at 06:43 am
Last week on an icy day, school goes in in time. Today, when the storm is not forecasted to startRead More until noon, the day is cancelled which now means a second make up day. Is there ever any rationale to the decision making? Other than Nanuet, every other district is on an early dismissal today.
Big F January 21, 2014 at 07:18 am
Mike January 21, 2014 at 07:54 am
Fyi http://data.lohud.com/school/schoolclosings/sc_display.php
Mike January 15, 2014 at 08:21 am
I'm not going to comment on his intentions or rationale only to say a commute from Goshen to PR isRead More not that much of a challenge. I will comment on the puffery and accolades being hurled around about this district. The PRSD was several years ago a good district, but IMO is no longer a top district and when you look at the money being spent here, we certainly get no value. Is that Dr. Morgano's fault? No, it a district wide and systemic issue. I think it is rather interesting his comments about the BOE which apparently does not act independently, but only rubber stamps administrative decisions. I also particularly noticed the comments on Special Ed in the district. I think this is a particular area of concern and an area for great improvement by the next Supervisor. Bottom line is although our taxes are very high and administrators throughout the district make significant six figure salaries, the PRSD is at best an average school district. I hope this retirement provides the catalyst for real change a REAL FOCUS on the children in iur district, especially those with special educational needs.
Ryan Buncher (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Expressing varied opinions is welcome and encouraged on Patch. Name-calling is not. Whatever yourRead More opinions may be on this, please keep it civil. Thanks.
Mike January 13, 2014 at 11:04 pm
"The faculty, staff and administration of Pearl River are truly dedicated to meeting the needsRead More of each and every child and that is what makes Pearl River so special. ". This IMO does not reflect the reality of the PRSD. our experience, especially from the administrative side is the needs of each and every child are not being met.
Mike Smith January 14, 2014 at 08:34 am
Morgano was never "about" the kids. He will not be missed. We can only hope the nextRead More Superintendent's main focus is the students.
Superintendent Dr. J. Thomas Morton
Rock1nRockland January 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Right on Phil and Myles. How about a retirement incentive for senior staff members? I'm not tooRead More sure what's involved in that, but new hires at I'm sure 1/2 or less the compensation might save a good amount. Closing schools is not the way to go!
Phil Leiter January 15, 2014 at 12:06 am
Dr. Morton mentioned potential retirements at the last Board meeting as somehow mitigating the staffRead More reductions he discussed. I'm not sure why. Retirement incentives have already been done to the point that teachers would have to be offered more to retire early than to stay on the payroll. The CCSD staff is pretty young as a result. He knows this, and Mr. LaNave has made that clear to the public. The only option left is to reduce staff based on the realignment to increase the number of children in class sections and to determine the number of optional staff we're willing to maintain.
steve January 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm
All points made are valid, but the system of procurement of funds is backwards. As I have saidRead More before is get multiple bids from vetted companies, include provisos thatork has to finished on time and up to code, penalties for work that comes in over budget and not on time. When you have a proper figure a bond issue will be much easier to pass. Also enforce penalties for the misuse of property that is not zoned according to the law and use part of those funds to put into the repair of the school. It's time for the politicians to show some backbone and stop bending over to 1 voter bloc
New City Madonna January 13, 2014 at 10:52 am
Christian, that sounds like quite a bit of displacement for the children back then. I believe itRead More certainly is fair to compare the 2 situations if what you're saying is true. Were special education children shuffled around when the Laurel Plains crisis hit? Now I'm curious to know how the Laurel Plains parents acted in public and at Board of Education meetings back then. Did they receive encouragement from parents of the other schools? From Congers parents?
Christian Jauntig January 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm
It is a very different situation. All took place during the school year, was bot a huge financialRead More burden on the district, as well as many other issues. I am not sure about the specifics of the special education program.
Christian Jauntig January 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Disgusted ClarkstownRES January 16, 2014 at 06:58 am
Christian...the 1.5 million in savings comes from the reduction in staff so that money would reduceRead More the budget year after year unless we decide to hire back that amount of staff...so that reduction does come from the bottom line of our budget. The $60K is a 1 time expense, that is not an expense that is paid out yearly....that was the point I was attempting to make. Bottom line is we need to reduce our budget (decrease expenses), consolidate our schools, which by the way has been discussed for several years, and continue to give our children a quality education. Going over numbers this seems like a logical solution because all the children can be housed in these other 2 buildings, this building is 90+ years old and needs extensive repair. That's all I'm saying
Christian Jauntig January 16, 2014 at 07:22 am
If no money at all is paid to Congers School (lets pretend for this post it doesnt exist) and we addRead More the staff cuts that were discussed into the expenses of the building, We are still left with 99.34% of the budget. That is not even 1% of our budget in "savings" (i say that because cutting staff is not considered saving to me)
One love March 6, 2014 at 12:33 am
So quiet lately. Amazing. Congrats to my fellow Clarkstown Residents for getting the YES vote outRead More There. It was amazing and I know we have the power to make a difference. And we will! Power in numbers!!
willina January 7, 2014 at 01:06 pm
oh those teachers can cry me a river. the only job where you get tenure and can't be fired, noRead More matter if you teach the same lessons year after year after year. AND they make a ton of money, have ample vacations, and are able to take second jobs in the summer if they wish, tutor to the tune of $80 an hour(what I paid more than one public high school teacher). they need to be held accountable--and what's this about "governor cuomo not funding them for years"? all of our public schools receive state aid. the sad thing is that we have no options, other than to move. we're stuck with these teachers, the good and the bad, for as long as they want to stay.
Monica February 5, 2014 at 02:10 pm
Has anybody actually seen the common core test? It's the best thing that happened to public school.Read More It gives them the same skills as students in prep schools who go to the best colleges. The people who are complaining: teachers union, parents of children that don't test well and people who haven't seen the test. The test is great. But there are more people on the bottom and in the middle than on top. And the people on the top want to stay there so they have to make sure everyone is middle or bottom. It'[s the old "you need poor people in order to be rich". The Common Core Standard is Great!