Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Today, 40% of Greece students OPTED OUT from taking the state's English Language Arts (ELA) exam.
Does it matter? Probably not. Soon, it will be the blind leading the blind ... or perhaps more succinctly stated: the illiterate leading the illiterate in NY State.
The Regents recently decided that a teacher literacy exam was discriminatory, so they eliminated requirements for new teachers to take & pass the exam!
" ... just 46 percent of Hispanic test-takers and 41 percent of black test-takers passed it on the first try, compared with 64 percent of white candidates."
If that isn't bad enough, then consider this: "A December 2016 study by the National Council on Teacher Quality found that 44 percent of the teacher-preparation programs it surveyed across the country accepted students from the bottom half of their high school classes."
Given that, neither students, nor teachers will be able to read & comprehend this BLOG in NY State within a decade!
READ MORE HERE
Friday, March 24, 2017
While watching tonight's news, a story about Lakeshore Elementary students thanking utility workers for their hard work after the windstorms caught our attention.
Principal James Palermo spoke to the reporter, as can be seen at the 50 second mark in the video contained within the link below.
It's not what he said that grabbed our attention. It's how he's dressed!
Since when did it become part of professional attire for a school principal to wear a gray t-shirt with "DUDE" in big black letters across the chest? It wasn't field day! And he wasn't being taped to the flagpole again, either.
Apparently his salary, that's just shy of $100K/year, isn't enough to allow him to dress appropriately for the position he holds.
Give him a raise ... and a class on dressing for the job.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017
We heard on the news that Supervisor Bill Reilich requested volunteers from the community to step forward to help man the shelter at the Community Center that was set-up following the windstorm.
We can't help but wonder WHY WEREN'T CERT* TRAINEES & GREECE SPECIAL POLICE USED FOR THIS (or some other) PURPOSE?
They've already been trained and provided with basic equipment by first responders within the Greece community!
Tax dollars paid for their training, so why waste this valuable resource?
*Community Emergency Response Team - CERT