Sunday, June 19, 2011

Another Resident Questions School Choice

   
Schools of choice costly, unnecessary

If parents in Greece Central School District choose not to send their child to their home school but rather to a school of choice, then they should take on some of the responsibility for their decision. Right now it is too easy, and if some of them actually had to do a little work for it they probably would not make the choice.

First, parents should have a valid reason to send their child to a different school, such as a specialized program that is not offered in your home school. The parents should be required to visit their child's home school and write a letter to the district explaining why the school does not fit their child's needs. In elementary school, children should go to their home school to help form friendships with kids in their neighborhood.

Second, if parents want to keep the system as it is now for schools of choice, then they should provide the transportation for their children. Sending a bus to one child in a neighborhood is a waste of money.

TIFFANY BOURGEOIS (D&C Editorial)
 

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

100% right. Public schooling is for ALL the children not a select few. Let those parents fund a private school. Enough money has been wasted on busing and schools of choice!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I have to come down in favor of bussing children hither thither and yon.

Bussing creates good union jobs for oil workers, tanker drivers, bus drivers, tire manufacturers, and paving workers.

You take all the school busses off the road and next thing the price of gas and Diesel fuel will drop. A large sector of the US economy depends on school busses burning fuel, employing drivers and destroying pavement. What school a kid goes to is of no importance, Greece's very own GTA has said this over and over. It's not going to make a bit of difference what building the little darling is in for hours a day, he/she will remain uneducated and compliant or be drugged into compliance.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the author to a degree, however, if the transportation idea were allowed, wouldn't that leave those schools looking even MORE white? Sending a bus into a neighborhood to pick up one child is a waste, but maybe we could sent 3 buses into English Village and load em up every morning for the ride to Odyssey! Guess who's coming to school!

Anonymous said...

More parents like Tiffany NEED to be more vocal. Parents who are fed up with the schools for the chosen need to start writing their letters to the D&C too!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

And yet 400 people (as reported by the D&C) disagree.

SCATS said...

To 5:44AM ~~ I'm not sure the D&C reporter can count. According to them, the Olympia auditorium was "packed" with the "400" ... nevermind that the auditorium accomodates around 1100! Let's face it, on a good day, Odyssey doesn't represent 400 different families ;)

By the way, there were speakers there who said they had spouses and 3-4 children with them. As far as I'm aware, those who can't vote or who aren't paying taxes, don't get a voice. That's just the way it is ;)

SCATS said...

I want to direct everyone's attention to the newest BLOG about the Bryant & Stratton proposal. Neighbors of that site oppose it stating that traffic congestion is already an issue because of TOO MUCH BUSING associated with Athena & Pinebrook schools ;)

Anonymous said...

To SCATS at 6:45 am:

"As far as I'm aware, those who can't vote or who aren't paying taxes, don't get a voice. That's just the way it is"

Wow SCATS, nice job gutting the First Amendment. Here in America, my copy of the Bill of Rights doesn't mention the part about paying taxes or voting when it talks about right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

SCATS said...

To 10:01PM ~~ If you were that worried about your first amendment rights, you would have come forward long ago to correct the numerous atrocities made against it by both the Town of Greece & the school district in the last decade or two. If you are really worried, I challenge you to attend the next Town Board meeting (tomorrow night) and speak out about how they conduct themselves with no public discussion. Then go to the next BOE meeting and complain about how they fail to follow their policies. If I don't hear/see you there, I'll know you are just blowing hot air. These two governing bodies are stealing away everyone's rights. Will YOU allow it to continue?

SCATS said...

Oh and one lore thing 10:01PM ~~ There was nothing peaceful about the Odyssey mob that assembled in the Olympia Auditorium. It was loud, boisterous, rowdy and more suited for a sporting event than an event where both sides should have felt they were welcomed to speak freely. They weren't.

Anonymous said...

SCATS at 10:19 pm:

What has any of that got to do with my or anyone else's First Amendment Rights? Last time I checked, no one has eliminated the right to speak at Town Board meetings or at the BOE meetings. They might not be doing what you want them to do, but they're not limiting your right to speak your piece. Your beef is with the fact that they operate without publicly discussing their decisions (your "closed and clubby" line). Might be a Sunshine Law issue but not a First Amendment issue -- back to remedial civics class for you. ;)

SCATS said...

To 7:24PM ~~ Re: "What has any of that got to do with my or anyone else's First Amendment Rights?"

Let's see ... when they aren't in the mood to hear opposition, they cut the time you can talk. If they like what you're saying, they let you ramble on anyway. In the case of Doug Skeet, they suddenly decide you have to reside in Greece to be allowed to talk until they review their policy, something that had never been an issue before (they've always allowed staff to talk and most of them didn't live in Greece either!). They even shutdown their own members, ask Joe Moscato.

I don't need a civics lesson, but thanks for offering. Perhaps you could review ;)

Anonymous said...

Funny, it didn't look like they shut Joe Moscato down at the last meeting. That was an awful long 3 minutes.

SCATS said...

To 7:39PM ~~ Play dumb if you want. When he was on the BOE was what I was talking about ... thus "their own members" ;)