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Charmian Neary April 19, 2014 at 11:42 pm
The person who has an outsize ego is the woman who taught in Nyack, but none the less feelsRead More qualified to cast aspersions on the board, administration, parents AND CHILDREN of Rye. That is an outsized ego. You don't take shots at actual children in our school district especially not 3rd and 4th graders who, if they were reporting cheating, were doing the right thing. Nothing "insecure" about that and it's nasty for this woman to say so. So Osborn affected Milton, how? No one should be taking shots at young children -- at Milton or Osborn. I am not trying to make a solid argument for cheating having to have occurred. I'm saying it's it equally improbable to insist it did not, especially while blaming the proctoring circumstances as a "plan B". To those who say "I know these teachers, they would not" I say I know this school board -- they're people too. You'll have a tough time convincing me they set out to destroy four innocent lives despite the hyperbole, and the crew writing the craziest stuff on these blogs long ago strayed into fruitcake territory. FRUIT CAKE territory. They carry on conversations with imaginary people for f***s sake. Enough.
Committee for Election Equality April 19, 2014 at 11:50 pm
Charmian, you are not only seriously in the minority on this issue, but you are, in fact, inRead More solitary confinement! Frankly, we are surprised to see this coming from a fine Democratic woman - the party of FDR, JFK, LBJ, and WJC. Take a deep breadth, inhale, exhale, take 2 extra strength Tylenols and call in the morning
Committee for Election Equality April 19, 2014 at 11:55 pm
i.e., the New Deal, the Civil Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act again, and the Federal Family LeaveRead More Act and No Child Left Behind...then you have Frank Alvarez, Laura Slack, and their respective zombies.
Rye High School. Patch file photo
Zhommy Dilfeddian April 10, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Sounds good but Rye High has declined from 74th in 2007 to 274th now. This is a terrible trend. ItRead More spans both Dr. Rooney and Ms. Taylors tenure. The School Board needs to get with it and start focusing on real issues rather than expensive court battles with teachers. They seem to be the issue here - Ms. Slack should step down.
Photo credit: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Rosemary Millham April 7, 2014 at 06:33 pm
When will the application be available for the STEM initiative for teachers> This looks like anRead More exciting opportunity.
Joe Stampf April 3, 2014 at 09:28 pm
Astorino is simply a master of co-opting anything he can to get press and talking points for hisRead More campaign for gov. He is very, very good at promoting himself.
Theresa Flora April 4, 2014 at 06:53 am
The Dept of Ed doesn't educate children. Smaller govt is the idea here, no intrusion or overreach.Read More That's what CC is. NCLB was the same. Govt should leave everyone alone. Democrats and RINOs love big gov, and this is the result. Junk. Plus the teachers unions are in the way also. Can't leave them out.
Dan Seidel April 4, 2014 at 02:54 pm
Joe: it's "ad nauseam". You a product of Common Core? :>) You really think I amRead More "right wing"? I thought I was "correct wing". I used to be a lefty radical. Education comes from the community - teachers, parents, kids AND credo. The federal government is not charged with directing education or ed. policy - that is local and always has been and always should be - it has produced great thinkers and doers. Lately, as "my" people (the "Stalinists") gained control, we have lost it - we have lost our edge and what it truly means to be American. Instead we are all touchy feely now and p.c. This is no good. and you know it. Save MAYBE for the AP kids, the Intel science crowd, our education of the youth has sunk to empty depths I never thought I'd see. So yes, I'd abolish the fed Dept of Education, save all that $$$, toss the bureaucrats out - let them find real jobs. and keep the $$ home. I trust in he People (and the courts). Regional variations in ed. policies? yeah, as long as the Constitution is upheld and respected and as long as EVERY SCHOOL teaches American Exceptionalism, values and the joys of liberty. THAT is American ed. PS: no database collection of the children's vitals, biometrics, metadata, ed. evals., test scores - nothing centralized - ever. It is tyranny to have such a database and centralized control over the children. Do not give the government powers it is not entitled to - do not acquiesce. You would? why? to what end?
Solidarity for suspended Rye teachers was posted on a parental petition website in 2013.
Interested Bystander April 1, 2014 at 07:11 am
They perhaps at least try to be accurate? Not even a recognized concept on Elm Street.
Ross Revira April 1, 2014 at 07:31 am
How could this happen in the land of the rich and entitled? Rye taxpayers open your wallet wideRead More please.
Zhommy Dilfeddian April 1, 2014 at 09:15 am
I look forward to getting the Rye Record every two weeks. I believe its news coverage to beRead More accurate although I mostly read it for the interest pieces, sports and social stuff. If I owned a business I would advertise in this wonderful home town paper. I would only advertise with its competitors if they offered me a bargain basement rate... nobody reads those other papers.
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
Students share their feelings on the Common Core during a workshop at Copper Beach in Yorktown Tuesday.
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
Aidan March 21, 2014 at 09:29 pm
Harold, I think you made a bad decision long ago.
Guarags30 March 31, 2014 at 02:07 pm
This Common Core is a way for the government to control the education system like it wants toRead More control health care. Check the constitution, Education is a reserved power of the state not delegated to the central government. State leaders (like Cuomo) get $$$$$ for taking part in this type of program. It isn't mandatory. Maybe if all the people who are complaining about this voted the right way in the first place we wouldnt have this problem, not to mention the teachers unions that help endorse Cuomo during his election. Bunch of hypocrites, the "chickens have come home to roost". You Lefties finally see the mistakes in your ways. (BTW im not a conservative) so dont get ready to make a "blame Bush" response to this email. Just think about who is pushing this CC agenda???
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
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.
Elsie April 18, 2014 at 04:23 pm
@David -- Talent should be recognized by differentiating instruction. Those 2nd graders who can doRead More this should, those who can't should be taught at a level that is more developmentally appropriate for them. There is very little room for enriching those students who should be or helping those students who need it using the Engage NY Modules. I am not a teacher but I have looked at the NY modules and the CC standards. I believe that teachers can address CC standards without the developmental inappropriateness of the NY requirements.
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
Laura Slack, Rye City School Board of Education President/Patch File Photo
Charmian Neary January 29, 2014 at 03:45 pm
I haven't watched yet either, Anne. I was focused on the #SOTU as well. If you read my remarks onRead More My Rye, you'll see that, although we disagree on this issue, I made a point of not focusing on Ed Fox, who is apparently standing on principle. At the same time, Ed's last name is appropriate. He knew the effect of his words. ; ) I wish this wasn't happening right now though. We need to be focused on Playland. There were some important developments in Monday's board meeting.
Rye Scorched January 29, 2014 at 06:01 pm
Nurse Ratched and her loyal loonies had group therapy last night? Hope it sated her pathologicalRead More ego.
C E L February 12, 2014 at 02:37 pm
Whatever you believe on this matter, I'm just glad it's finally being discussed. There was so muchRead More silence about it for so long. Still never addressed properly to families like me who had a student so deeply affected by this situation.
Rye City Mayor Joe Sack/Photo credit: Pamela Stern
Committee for Election Equality January 30, 2014 at 08:57 pm
My name is Patrick Stephen Lamont and I live at 1095 Boston Post Road. Some of you know meRead More personally, others have engaged me in casual conversation, and I would venture to guess the remainder of you may have heard of me. If so, you will know that, professionally, I am the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Iviewit Holdings, Inc., a video technology company that holds the patent rights to the most important inventions in the history of multimedia technology and that I am the holder of a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Economics from SUNY Binghamton ranked 2nd in my class with a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.03, an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School, and a J.D. with concentrations in Intellectual Property and Debtor Creditor Law from Columbia Law School. What some of you might have missed is that as of October 1, 2013 I am the Chairman of the Committee for Election Equality, a duly formed committee in the City of Rye, County of Westchester, and State of New York (Index No. W-4178 at the Westchester County Board of Elections the filings of which are matters of public record, in other words they are OPEN, TRANSPARENT, and HONEST) with a mandate of ensuring all that is righteous in Rye City government. We have just watched the meeting of the Board of Education of January 28, 2014 – and what a DISGRACE it was, another Rye first. You have a 10 year Trustee of the Board, Edward M. Fox, Esq. a Partner in a national law firm and one of the brightest and most level headed Trustees Rye has ever seen, and he has a concern, he senses an “appearance” of impropriety where the Webster’s Online Dictionary defines “appearance” as “the way that someone or something looks; ”a way of looking that is not true or real.” Yet, five members of the BOE have the audacity to publically disparage Mr. Fox for his concerns veritably attempting to quash his First Amendment rights from Belanger, to Repetto, to Pasquale, to Glassberg, and to Weber who should be ashamed of themselves – DISGRACEFUL. In addition to your assaulting remarks, you complain about: timing, where timing is of no moment here; you complain about venue where we all know if Mr. Fox did not express his concerns in a public meeting, you would be the only ones that knew about while you conveniently cloak yourselves behind self fashioned privacy policies where no Federal or State law lists personnel employment matters as a right to privacy – only recognized by the Supreme Court as protecting a general right to privacy within family, marriage, motherhood, procreation, and child rearing ("Right to Privacy Law & Legal Definition", US Legal. Retrieved 17 October 2013), and we suggest you look it up; and you complain about evidence and here it is – is Joseph A. Sack the Mayor of Rye, FACT – is Kerri Ann Law the spouse of Mayor Sack and co-counsel to Gail Topol, FACT -- is Laura Slack the President of BEO, FACT -- is Richard Slack the spouse of President Laura Slack, and recently appointed Councilman, and that is a FACT – Councilman McCartney’s claim of introducing Richard Slack is irrelevant.
Committee for Election Equality January 30, 2014 at 08:57 pm
The statement of Edward M. Fox, Esq. a Partner in a national law firm and one of the brightest andRead More most level headed Trustees Rye has ever seen, chose a timing of which is of no moment here, chose a venue to publically voice his concern for reasons stated above, and he points to FACTS – not assumptions, not conjecture, not maybe it is maybe it is not – FACTS, and he asks the BOE to get to the bottom of it – so, GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT, before some agency, some group of people, some committee forces you to get to the bottom of it. In short, the statement of Mr. Fox was OPEN, it was TRANSPARENT, and was his HONEST concern as a Trustee, as a spouse, and as a parent. The present Administration campaigned on and was elected on a platform of OPENNESS, TRANSPARENCY, AND HONESTY, and as Trustees, the holders of property, authority, and a position of trust or responsibility for the benefit of another have a similar mandate. Clearly, the only party who hangs his hat on those qualities in these regards is Mr. Fox. The Webster’s Online Dictionary defines “appearance” as “the way that someone or something looks; ”a way of looking that is not true or real,” where rather than six Board members and 7 members of the City council asking Mr. Fox for an apology, look in the mirror tonight and think about whether you thirteen owe Mr. Fox an apology.
dita von struedel van trappyodel January 30, 2014 at 11:31 pm
PSL - what is the procedure for initiating a recall vote for Mr. Sack? I'm appalled at the sleaze,Read More especially after all of the relatively minor stuff with French and Otis that dominated the discussion for years. I thought Mr. Sack was supposed to be open and transparent. Not the case.
Rye City School District/Patch File Photo
Boukje van den Bosch January 27, 2014 at 01:41 pm
Article in the Journal News:Read More http://www.lohud.com/article/20140127/NEWS/301270034/Rye-teacher-reinstated-test-coaching-case-another-has-resigned-2-cases-still-pending?gcheck=1
Bob Zahm January 27, 2014 at 03:12 pm
If Gail is coming back to teaching AND she and the Board of Ed are satisfied with how theRead More accusations have been resolved, why are we not all simply saying, "Finally". Celebrating the fact that the on-going cost of the situation has been reduced. And anxiously awaiting resolution of the other two cases? Boukje, I find your question about why one of the others having not been approached with a similar deal curious as by asking it, you imply that you know in detail what's going on. If negotiations were proceeding, it is very possible that all parties have agreed to keep silent about them. That is standard practice in negotiations. Further, your assertion that “it seems to make a difference who your lawyer is” also implies “insider” knowledge that, if you had it, could represent a break with practice or NYS Department of Education regulations. Before we accuse, should we not be sure that we know the full story? Or at least the facts?
Ben January 27, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Virginia Lange it appears Mrs. Mehler needs an attorney who is married to the Mayor who appointedRead More the school board president's husband to a position that he never ran for. Whew. That makes me feel dirty just typing it. How do these people sleep at night???
Laura Slack, Rye School Board President/Patch File Photo
Charmian Neary January 30, 2014 at 01:33 am
OK Anne, I'll see your Dunkin Donuts visual and raise you a dragging cats off the table for the win.
Eric Kamander January 30, 2014 at 06:02 pm
Charmian Neary, Are we raising the bar here?
Charmian Neary January 30, 2014 at 06:35 pm
EK Oh yes. Dunkin Donuts Drive Thru was a powerful visual. I had to think fast. But I recovered.
C E L January 18, 2014 at 04:09 pm
Oh that is a good point Rye Bob….
Interested Bystander January 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm
Excellent catch.
Charmian Neary January 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm
So collusion by teachers is "absurd", but "copycatting" (whatever the hellRead More that is) by parents is "no surprise"? Really? You seem to have a very low opinion of parents in Rye. You further state that I'd be "myopic" to believe that children never have their own agenda. "Never" doesn't apply here as only these circumstances are being discussed—but NO, I do not believe our children "have their own agenda". In essence parents can't be trusted to be honest—and children can't be trusted to be honest—but to even suggest that any four teachers may be dishonest is "absurd'. Get over yourself.
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