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Charlie Cheswick July 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm
Agreed. While the rantings of caps-lock crazed conservatives whose sources are links to otherRead More ranting conservatives might make a compelling argument, consulting with your pediatrician is probably the wiser choice...
Laura July 3, 2014 at 01:26 pm
"Caps-lock crazed conservatives" ??? Come on now Charlie. That's not nice.
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Patricia Stack July 1, 2014 at 09:16 pm
This app is a MUST HAVE for college bound students and their parents! It simplifies and defines theRead More entire college application process! Thank you Ms. Portnoy!
Christopher Wendt July 17, 2014 at 09:08 am
Look at the acceptance and enrollment numbers...Hofstra is in trouble, has been in trouble, wellRead More ahead of the decision to make SAT scores optional. This decision was a purely defensive move, to get butts into seats. Declining enrollment that has infested LI public school districts is now spreading to the local college level. Dowling may not survive because of declining enrollment. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The good news, if you want to call it that, declining local college enrollment will force a consolidation of the market, closing campuses and entire schools that cannot get butts into seats, and in the bargain, driving down the cost of a local college education. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As far as lowering quality, yes that will be inevitable for schools that ease-off entrance qualifications. But that is not bad, because a growing number of would-be students do not really need a college education, and others do not need a top-shelf college education. Think of the difference between lawyers who will eventually go to Harvard Law and then to Washington DC or Wall Street, as compared to lawyers known as ambulance chasers, and those engaged in matrimonial and real estate practices versus all those interested in the law but not qualified to become actual lawyers and who will become paralegals. Like that.
GM Roberts July 20, 2014 at 11:55 am
To think this action is lowering standards and/or promoting a non-competitive paradigm is missingRead More the point that tests like the SAT or ACT are a very specific and narrow type of measurement and they can't gage the many different types of learning and manifested knowledge. A predominantly right-brained person does not usually do well with these more left-brained skewed tests, but their intelligence and skills are as valuable in the real world outside of academia. The fact that there is an entire industry devoted to tutoring students to learn HOW to take these tests should be a warning that the test results are not necessarily an indicator of acquired knowledge in its broadest meaning. These schools are not lowering entrance qualifications, they are including other forms of achievement-based criteria that don't necessarily lower quality but broaden what it means to be "educated." This seems to me to be a better reflection of reality as there are many different types of intelligence and not all can validly be tested on paper.
Christopher Wendt July 20, 2014 at 09:26 pm
@ GM Roberts: this deals with admission decisions into a college, and, specifically, with the SATRead More and ACT, not any other tests "like the SAT or ACT". Prospective students may continue to submit SAT and ACT scores for consideration. Likewise, this is specific to Hofstra, not "these schools", and your assertion that Hofstra is not lowering entrance requirements fails on examination of the number of students who actually matriculate at Hofstra despite a much larger number of acceptance letters having been sent out. Hofstra needs students, not just to be accepted, but to enroll, attend, and pay tuition. Lowering their standards (by making submission of SAT and ACT scores optional) would be one convenient way to attract less qualified prospects who are not just using Hofstra as their safety school, but who will actually attend Hofstra when accepted. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Failing to get student butts into seats would put Hofstra at risk, as Dowling College presently is. If Hofstra does not increase its enrollment, then the discussion of lowering standards will have become purely academic, as others discuss building a roller derby rink or ATV course, or affordable housing at the site of the former Hofstra University.
EG June 26, 2014 at 03:40 pm
School isn't supposed to be day care. People need to pay for their own day care.
Debbie Forsyth June 27, 2014 at 01:17 am
@GW6----Teachers do NOT get paid for the summer. They get paid for a 180 day school year. The Dept.Read More Of Education decided to dole it out in 24 payments. Some schools in other counties in NYS have the option of getting paid in 20 payments or 24 payments. It's still the same annual salary divided by different numbers. Comes out the same either way. You get vacation time and it's part of your salary, not extra vacation pay, am I right?
Sticks60 June 27, 2014 at 03:05 pm
No matter how the money goes out they get paid in Smithtown, on average, $100,000 with a benefitRead More package of almost $40,000. So maybe there should be a little more time spent working in the summer and making it more of a full time job like the rest of us seeing they get paid like us.
Deborah B. June 12, 2014 at 09:03 am
... and I agree that college is not for everyone. That is yet another reason why almost myopicRead More emphasis on ELA and math (and associated testing) -- to the near exclusion of just about everything else and its drain on financial resources -- is detrimental to our children.
dan June 13, 2014 at 08:57 am
Re: so what is the real agenda behind cc? Answer " an education economy. United StatesRead More secretary Duncan when building " race to the top" created it with investors. It was spearheaded by investors not educators . Rather than investing in low income schools with race to the top funds, they sought a return on their investment. With the agenda being creating a economy . The first education economy in history. What we are seeing is a new historical precedent. There are billions to be made in this field of education.
Jane L June 14, 2014 at 08:54 am
The agenda has little to with increasing educational standards and everything to do with getting ourRead More children to conform. To have them learn to do things the same way and not challenge the status quo. It's like the patriot act of learning. It gets them comfortable with submission. Years ago, teachers had to teach to their students modality... Some kids are audio learners, some visual, some tactile. The Core forces teachers to teach one way and forces the kids to regurgitate it the same way with no allowances for thinking outside the box to solve/answer questions. That's just WRONG. Our children are individuals and not robots. I fully support increasing standards. This is not the way. And for those who want to compare us to China and Japan, why? We have enough suicides at NYU. I want well rounded children who aren't expected to be perfect. Please see Matt Kibbe's commentary on Freedomworksforme.org. Thx
peter s. June 9, 2014 at 03:15 pm
How about teaching them spelling and grammar? Geography and History would also be good for them toRead More learn. So many children complete school while lacking in basic skills.
Skinny June 10, 2014 at 07:57 am
I'd like to see CPR and AED training offered as an elective. I agree with Mark's suggestion that ALLRead More kids take business math. There are too many economically illiterates exiting HS and college.
Aidan June 11, 2014 at 11:23 am
STOP asking schools to do everything … their primary mission has already been compromised byRead More the insertion of every possible social remedy into the school day.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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Prof. Samuel Kittridge May 24, 2014 at 08:45 am
Mike, I have to concur with Prof. Walter Jameson. After an exhausting calculation using my trustyRead More abacus, there is precisely a .03758% probability of the New York State Legislature supporting your proposal. It’s an avant-garde idea--clearly ahead of our time--but the statistical data does not support changing the vote date.
dylan May 24, 2014 at 07:43 pm
There was hardly any publicity for this vote. No signs at all! I think most people didn't evenRead More realise it was going on. The Piano Exhange had huge signs in its windows in previous years - but this year nothing. Didn't receive any postcards (pro or con) No phone calls - nothing Next year will try to change this. These school taxes are ridiculous.
TJ Eckleburg May 27, 2014 at 04:09 pm
Gene, become a teacher and they we won't have to listen to your whining.
Prof. Walter Jameson May 21, 2014 at 08:01 am
Just a slight correction. I don't believe it's a 3.41% increase in the tax levy; it is a 3.41%Read More increase in spending within the overall budget. So, once again, another year, another school budget vote; it's Groundhog Day all over again. Let's see, a total of 1,070 votes decided this weighty matter. Out of approximately 15,000 eligible voters in the City of Glen, that represents about 7%. But wait, there's more! With 740 votes in support of the budget, that represents about 5% of the total. So, about 5% of all eligible voters gave their support to the budget .... and it passed. Now, don't get me wrong; it would've been equally pathetic had it been the other way around. The point is that this is a yearly disgrace. The apathy among the general voting public toward this most important vote defies any rational explanation other than to say it is a shining example of idiocy and irresponsibility. According to E.J. McMahon, who is the president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, this particular vote represents the strongest and most direct democracy that exists. The Tax Cap law of 2011 actually gives the general voting public some real power behind their vote. Don't believe me? The next time you're at a board meeting, just ask the GCTA president about the union's collective effort to get rid of this law. They, more than anyone, know just how much leverage this has given school boards and the voting public. And they don't like it one bit! To all of you people who chose not to vote yesterday and had no good reason for your lack of participation, just continue to sit on your collective, lazy @sses believing that well-worn canard perpetuated in ignorance that your vote doesn't matter ... that you can't control the "real" costs .... that you're only voting for (or against) sports programs and extracurriculars .... that it's all for the kids.
Debra Caruso Marrone May 21, 2014 at 08:41 am
I am a resident who reads Patch daily and subscribes to the Record Pilot. I had no idea there wasRead More an election. Perhaps there was not enough publicity.
John May 21, 2014 at 09:54 am
........and the local homeowners keep on cutting their expenses to the bone. I am afraid the .0153%Read More interest we get from our savings for those who have anything left will once again not keep us even.
Grace Slezak May 20, 2014 at 09:36 am
In order to avoid any misunderstanding, please note that Finley is the Middle School, not anRead More elementary school as stated in the above article. It is very important to get out and vote.
Prof. Walter Jameson May 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm
In further support of the exhortations to get out and vote, I just wanted to provide a link to aRead More short column in today's NY Post that explains clearly how the Tax Cap Law of 2011 has been effective with regard to its impact on school budgets and planning. I particularly want to draw attention to the part of the article that sheds some light on who is the chief opponent of the Tax Cap Law. It's all very interesting and worth your time to read. ¶ http://nypost.com/2014/05/20/school-districts-unseemly-quest-for-more-cash/
Prof. Walter Jameson May 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm
As of 10:30 pm, News 12 is reporting that the Glen Cove school budget passed with 740 (yes) to 330Read More (no) votes. That amounts to about 69% of the vote. The total number of votes counted is 1070. By my calculation, that is roughly 7% of the entire eligible voting pool in the City of Glen Cove. Wow ... can it get any more pathetic than that?! Would love to see the individual precinct breakout on this.
Glen Cove Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna. Credit: Glen Cove Schools
Prof. Walter Jameson May 16, 2014 at 07:35 am
Just a reminder to the community that the vote on the school budget is this coming Tuesday, May 20.Read More No matter how you feel about it - I have strong, and long-held opinions on the entire process - the important thing is to get out and VOTE. It's truly pathetic when only 8 to 13% of the voting population get to vote on important matters that affect the entire community. Find some time, people. Life is busy, true .... but is THAT busy? This is a vote that really matters. (¶) A few thoughts on the contract settlement. I'm encouraged by Superintendent Rianna's remarks on fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers while maintaining a good educational environment for the students. Also, my hope is that this settlement becomes a template for all future agreements. It's not just about the current state of the economy. In a much broader sense, it's about the inequities (and the cumulative effect) of an extremely regressive tax versus the economies of individual households. (¶) The current board and administration obviously didn't create this structural monster; politicians in Albany did. Finally, in 2011, there was a recognition among this group that something was terribly wrong and that it couldn't continue on the trajectory it was traveling. As a result, we got the Tax Cap law. Even though something like this was needed and long overdue, and has proven to be somewhat effective, it does not go far enough. Alternative funding for the schools, decoupled from the property tax, needs to get serious consideration going forward. [A discussion for another day]
Prof. Walter Jameson May 16, 2014 at 07:53 am
Just a reminder to the community that the vote on the school budget is this coming Tuesday, May 20.Read More No matter how you feel about it - I have strong, and long-held opinions on the entire process - the important thing is to get out and VOTE. It's truly pathetic when only 8 to 13% of the voting population get to vote on important matters that affect the entire community. Find some time, people. Life is busy, true .... but is it THAT busy? This is a vote that really matters. (¶) A few thoughts on the contract settlement. I'm encouraged by Superintendent Rianna's remarks on fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers while maintaining a good educational environment for the students. Also, my hope is that this settlement becomes a template for all future agreements. It's not just about the current state of the economy. In a much broader sense, it's about the inequities (and the cumulative effect) of an extremely regressive tax on the economies of individual households. (¶) The current board and administration obviously didn't create this structural monster; politicians in Albany did. Finally, in 2011, there was a recognition among this group that something was terribly wrong and that it couldn't continue on the trajectory it was traveling. As a result, we got the Tax Cap law. Even though something like this was needed and long overdue, and has proven to be somewhat effective, it does not go far enough. Alternative funding for the schools, decoupled from the property tax, needs to get serious consideration going forward. [A discussion for another day]
Theresa Flora May 27, 2014 at 11:40 am
I heard city teachers talking about a third party candidate. This isn't shocking. LiberalsRead More cannot, under any circumstances, vote for a prolifer. It really all boils down to that one issue. The whole charter school debate will be the stated reason they can't back Astorino, but some know better. I hate the idea Astorino scrubbed his charters school ideas from his website, because they weren't gonna vote for him anyway. Stand firm by your beliefs, Astorin. No waffling. If you're gonna go down, go down proud.
Theresa Flora May 27, 2014 at 11:41 am
Oh, and I'm sure Cuomo is gonna do right by the union. Those assessments will get untied to evalsRead More one way or another.
Theresa Flora May 28, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Yo, "Say No": here comes Ravitch. When she came to Fox Lane to speak, I was against it.Read More Hated it. For SO many reasons. Called her a book shill. And now I see a NY Daily News piece that she's being courted by Working Families. I'm not shocked. They (the Left) need...no, NEED, someone besides Cuomo, and definitely besides Astorino. He's too Tea Party-ish. C'mon! Where are you?? You have all these blog posts.... the poetry thingy...probably cursive too.... Come back!!! Please tell me I've been right all along.
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J April 30, 2014 at 10:17 am
Yik yak is awesome, its the kids who are using it that are not. There is no issue with the app justRead More the people using it.
Mels Ditties April 30, 2014 at 11:21 am
J...What is the positive objective of the app?...
Krista Cole April 30, 2014 at 01:30 pm
J, Awesome or not, it's being "used" for a really bad purpose. I say to the school: Get aRead More firewall and block the ports of Yik Yak--just like you block hackers, people. Then, hire a Java guy, who will come in and give a talk to the science classes on Java development and hold a contest for creating a Java application that does the most good to solve a REAL community issue. Hold a MySkoolTechAwards Show and sell tickets to pay for prizes and for the network firewall router. ;-) DONE.
ergodic May 10, 2014 at 01:01 pm
For those who missed it, the above Kindergarten story was mentioned in a recent Esquire article.Read More Following are some excerpts: “…, a writer at HigherEd and education expert, highlighted the most egregious example of it all this week. Attributing it to the rigors of standardized test reform, a New York school got rid of an annual show put on by Kindergartners. When asked why it was cancelled, the school’s principal and four teachers wrote that it didn’t prepare the children for college and career”. (Refer to http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/louis-ck-education) The author of the article continues: “We have joy deficit.”, and “We’re not taking the time to teach our kids a love of learning. We’re not treating our kids as people. We’re grooming them as tools for a future economy.”; ”…-and this generation of kids is getting the worse of it”. Conclusion: there’s not much support for the Elwood decision.
ergodic May 12, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Diane Ravitch’s blog for 05/12/2014 briefly reviews a Washington Post article: “6Read More reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards”. The general criticism is that the CCSS for grades K-3 is developmentally inappropriate. Among other guidelines, the WAPO article states “Children need play in school now more than ever. They need teachers who are skilled facilitators of play…”. The blog ends with a reference to the recent Elwood kindergarten decision: “... (referring to the WAPO article) read the other mistakes that CCSS made in writing standards for K-3. Then you understand how foolish it was for a kindergarten class to cancel the annual class play because the children needed more time for rigorous academic studies”.
brookhavenconfucius May 12, 2014 at 05:14 pm
erogdic, WHAT ELSE could you expect, coming from a LESBIAN, PROGRESSIVE ALLEGED, ED-GEECATIONRead More ACTIVIST ? Certainly this touchee, feelee GOBBLELY GOOK !
The Glen Cove High School Masquers Society will present its spring musical  “Man of La Mancha.” Credit: Glen Cove High School.
mariaflip April 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm
If this is anything like last year's spring performance, we as a community are in for a treat.Read More Don't miss it!
Eileen Scott Holst April 24, 2014 at 06:37 pm
In memory of our Drama Couch Jack Lamberson , Break A Leg. From Eileen Scott Holst Class of 1963
cynthia kouril April 26, 2014 at 09:04 am
Tonight is you last chance to see they play. Don't miss it.
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