Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Duffy Plans Return To Neighborhood Schools

  
Will Boost Graduation Rates, Address Truancy & Safety

STORY

SCATS ~~ Since even the Mayor of Rochester understands the importance of neighborhood schools, I wonder if he would explain that to our BOE ...

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

How could anyone disagree with the points that Mayor Duffy has outlined in the story? The questions do follow:

1. He has wanted to legally take over the city school district for a long time. Has this taken place? These are just his ideas and opinions without legal enforcement.

2. Many of these ideas are not new to education but we have the age old question of where is the money to support his plan?

3. What would change the city's parents, to now all of a sudden, be educationally supportive in Duffy's plan.

4. I have had promises not kept in the past. Why would his promises be any different?

Great ideas I hope they all come true.

Can the Greece BOE read? This should be ANOTHER wake-up call for changes in Greece.

My money says nothing different will happen in Greece, educationally, for a minimum of two years. This year is shot with Steve A. leaving (Is this year any different than this first three years?) and one year for the new Supt. to: "Get his/her feet on the ground", "To get to know the lay of the land", "To become familiar with Greece", "To collectively write a new mission statement", etc. etc.

Sincerely

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter if the Greece boe can read or not. What matters is can they hear? They've grown deaf to any mention of neighborhood schools. It doesn't serve them personally, so they don't want to even finish the evaluation of the issue. The less the community knows about the true cost of lottery schools, the better for them and their kids who "won" placements.

We need a super who will question the current structure.

Anonymous said...

There is a change that other cities have done in NY state that would have to be written into the state education law. Apparently the union president for 30 years has a lot of clout in the legislature and will blackmail..ahem... encourage the senators and assembly to block duffy's idea.

If Urbanski is the second coming as the D and C yesterday would have us believe, why hasn't he improved anything for the students in the city in the last 30 years. Superintendents and mayors have come and gone in those 3 decades. he is the constant in all of this.

Anonymous said...

12;08 makes a good point.
As I read it Ubanski is saying 'hold on here mayor, lets not forget who's in charge of this school district'
Until THAT changes - nothing will change.

Anonymous said...

Giving up popular control is a bad idea. Whether or not you agree with Urbanski on other matters he makes one valid point: We should be hesitant to approve one man rule.

Just as in Greece the solution is to get more widespread representation on the school board not just have one faction dominate.

More democracy not less.

SCATS said...

To 3:12PM ~~ I would agree with you if it weren't for the fact that we pretty much already know that the UNIONS run our schools all across NY State, just like Urbanski has for 30 yrs in the city. The politicians are beholden to those unions who endorsed them, or at the very least, who did not go after them as "anti-education" candidates. When a teacher's union member or rep speaks about anything they label as "anti-education" just remember that what they usually mean is anti-union. Urbanski has had his turn and failed miserably. The City of Rochester is correct to come forward with something new to try. I support Duffy in this. Having said that, I do not mean to imply that future leaders would also have my support. My support is based on his proven abilty to follow through on what he promises ... words followed by actions ;)

Anonymous said...

Doug - Don't forget that Steve isn't gone until he returns his ID badge & keys. Boily could get a new majority on the board during the May election. It's possible that Steve would rescind his phony resignation and be granted a new contract by such a group.

Anonymous said...

http://tinyurl.com/yflkc2q
Could Ann Mitchell be next? Please?

Anonymous said...

close, clubby, corrupt. How's that working out for you Greece?

Anonymous said...

6:28 pm

I know! I know!

Here is my fear. I am sure he, Steve A. in his resignation letter, did NOT make his effective resignation date July 1, 2010. I am guessing he used July 15, or Aug. 1st 2010 as his resignation date. This way he gets another whole year of benefits ie: another 25 sick days, another 25 vacation days, another 5 personal days.

That is an extra 55 paid days at $850 dollars per day or an extra $45,250 in his pockety resigning on July 15 instead of July 1, 201. NICE COUNTRY AMERICA.

Now to your point, you are RIGHT! Roger gets a stronger major on the BOE in the May 2010 BOE election and he hires Steve A. between July 1 and July 15 to a 3, 4, or 5 year contract. NICE COUNTRY AMERICA.

Sincerely

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

Good to see SCATS is finally coming around. UNIONS indeed are the problem!

SCATS said...

To 5:06PM ~~ I've always contended that unions are running the schools (and the politicians) and the cause of many of the troubles facing public education today.

Anonymous said...

Once again, DS, you throw gasoline on the flames with absolutely no knowledge to back up what you are saying. First of all, Steve A's contract prorates his days so even if his resignation date is July 15he does NOT get the total number of days you list. I realize it's more sensational to list it the way you do....
By the by, Doug - what was YOUR effective retirement date? If I recall, the GASA contract at the time of your retirement did NOT prorate the days so....did YOU do the ethical thing and resign effective the 1st of July or did you dupe the taxpayers of Greece in the manner you accuse Mr. Achramovitch of doing?
Even if you DID resign on July 1st, please stop with the accusations. If you want to challenge what I say, look up Steve's contract on seethroughNY (although, the contract attached to Greece CSD on that site is, in reality, another school district, you can find the correct one with a little persistence and time).

SCATS said...

To 1:57PM ~~ I'm going to jump in here for several reasons. First of all, your reaction is typical of the dysfunction in Greece. If you don't like the topic, you turn it back onto the person who brought the subject up and make it into a personal attack on him or her. That's so typical of the "powers that be" (and their supporters) in this town. It's the foundation of the "us vs. them" divide and conquer DYSFUNCTIONAL mentality. Frankly, I'm sick of it. The topic here is the current system. I'm going to try my best to keep people off of the personal attack/rehash history theme from now on. Let's all try harder, please?

Secondly, if SeethroughNY can't put the contract in the right spot, that seems to signal a greater concern. People shouldn't have to sift and search for PUBLIC INFO. In fact, GCSD should have and keep posted ALL such contracts in an easy to find location on their own website. What have they got to hide? After the Walts health care debacle(recent history that we're still paying for) , they still haven't learned, have they?

Anonymous said...

I was correcting misinformation. Mea culpa. Guess we are not about actual reality around here - and Steve A.'s contract IS the current "system". Sorry to disparage one of your cronies, Scats. But - he's wrong on this one. His opinion regarding his "fear" is intended to rile people about the money Steve would be walking away with - who cares about DS's "fear"??? But, I guess it's okay with you and you are the great Blog God. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and btw Scats - I agree with you about not having to search for Public Information. I also agree that his contract should be posted on the website -- all the others are.
I'm sure you've visited the SeeThroughNY website. If you haven't you should peruse it sometime. The benefits that the Greece BOE gave Steve are typical across the state. I'm not saying they're reasonable or "right" - just typical.

SCATS said...

To 2:26PM ~~ In correcting the "misinformation" about Steve, you start out by saying Skeet was throwing gasoline on the flames and then you did the exact same thing when you made it personal to Skeet's tenure which wasn't the topic. That's my "beef" and it has nothing to do with me or my "cronies." I hope you can see that.

About the contract, I believe I have a link on SCATS through the archives to the original contract he was given. It doesn't include the changes, like his increased contribution to health care. When I get caught up on some things, I'll try to find the link. Otherwise, search the SCATS archives for the time period around when he was hired. I know it's on the front page.

Anonymous said...

2;28 when you say typical does that mean no thought is nessesary just do what everyone else is doing and it is ok?
Forget about representing "your" community.

Anonymous said...

SCATS - I just don't care for hypocrisy,is all. That's why I pointed out my opinion of Skeet's departure. He has an opinion about Achramovitch and I have an opinion about him. They are mirror images of the exact same issue, so I don't view it the way you do. DS needs to remember that there are those of us out here who KNOW what he did/didn't do, received/didn't receive and for him to assume this "holier than thou posture" and pontificate about what SHOULD be done to people who trust him and don't know the "real" story is inappropriate. That's all I'm saying and I respect your right to have a different view.

SCATS said...

To 3PM ~~ Mirror issues of the same issue does not mean that different people in those situations reflect the same way, does it?

I promised to look up Achramovitch's contract. Here's the link to the original:
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/assets/pdf/A241474915.PDF

I do not see any reference to prorating time the way Doug mentioned, so I've sent him the link, his quote and asked him to locate this for me. I'll post the response if/when I get one.