Thursday, April 12, 2012

Can We Blame Low Test Scores On Pink Slime?

  
According to today's D&C article about local school districts and their lunch programs, Greece Central Schools do in fact use some beef containing the dreaded pink slime that's been in recent headlines.

Maybe this is why the Greece Board of Education, the Supt. and District Office are so quick to blame everything on free and reduced lunches. Maybe they knew what the kids were eating all along ;)
  

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Must be really slow........

SCATS said...

To 2:32PM ~~ Not at all! I posted the BLOG at 2:31PM and your comment arrived exactly 1 minute later!

Anonymous said...

I agree. Free lunches cost this district and the people way too much money.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me we should also blame the kids that don't show up at school and the ones that don't want, or can't learn also. Sit in my driveway sometime!

SCATS said...

To 8:17PM ~~ What's happening in your driveway??

Anonymous said...

Come and sit in it at 2:00 in the afternoon and then again at 2:40, it's a show for sure.

SCATS said...

To 8:26PM ~~ Is it near a school? Or is it where the bus stops? Please tell us what you observe!

Anonymous said...

SCATS-please check out the D and C article about kids who wanted to go to school during vacation and had the opportunity...there are some great kids out there who really WANT to learn!! There are also some pretty special teachers out there that LOVE their jobs!

Anonymous said...

Scats I read the article, did I miss something, I did not see where it said that Greece used it, I saw other districts listed.

SCATS said...

To 9:14PM ~~ I'm aware that there are MANY KIDS who want to learn. Sadly, our BOE & DO blame "the students & parents" for ALL failings of the school district. Thanks for the heads up though. Any idea what GCSD spent to fund this extra week? Breakfasts, lunches, buses, teachers ... it adds up I'm sure.

To 9:34PM ~~ From pg. 3 of the internet version:
"The Greece and Rush-Henrietta central school districts get beef from Tyson as well as the JTM Food Group. Churchville-Chili also receives some beef from JTM.

Travis Anderson, senior information specialist for Rush-Henrietta, said he received a letter from JTM stating that they will not be using LFTB in beef in the 2012-13 school year."


LFTB is the culprit ;)

Anonymous said...

SCATS-- I believe the money came from Title I funds...which need to be spent on specific items and can't be used for general budget purposes. It did not cost the district money from their budget.
These grants are furnished on a year to year basis and do not get rolled over.

Anonymous said...

I can't blame the schools. I see these punks all the time at the mall. They don't care about an education. Their parent(s) don't care about education. How we expect our schools to make them care is a mystery....and if they don't care they won't learn.

All these politicians, with all their great plans on how to spend my tax money trying to force kids to learn when they couldn't give a damn. What a waste.

If they don't pass, hold them back. If they're in school just to screw around, kick them out. We can then reduce a bunch of these education programs and teachers needed if we lose the kids that have no intention on learning anything anyway.

No government paychecks either for families with kids that screw off in school. No wasting an education and then expecting me (the tax payer) to pay for your next government check.

Want to bet they'll suddenly care about that education?

Anonymous said...

11;04 you make some excellent points. I would love to hear those running our schools speak to this.

Anonymous said...

I suggest you take real good look at that picture in the D&C. See if you don't see what I didn't see. The article stated that 1/3 rd of the population took part in the program. Then guess what group represented the 2/3rds that stayed home.

SCATS said...

To 9:38AM ~~ I give up. What "group" stayed home??

Anonymous said...

Scats Think about the percentage of free and reduced lunch percentage at a that school and you will have your answer. No free lunch no incentive to attend that program.

Anonymous said...

free (or reduced price) lunch is not an "incentive" or "enticement" It is meant to see that those with limited income have the change to get fed at a reasonable price.

Anonymous said...

4:20 You completely missed my point in response to Scats asking for clarification as to what " group" stayed home and did not choose to participate in the optional program designed to help thes students improve their ELA skills in preparation for next weeks State evaluation tests. There is a saying that goes "One picture is worth a thousand words".In your case it's obvious that it does not apply.Why am I not surprised.

Anonymous said...

you are assuming that Black/hispanic = free/reduced lunch... not true for this district- no way for me to tell about longridge (if that is what is being implied by "a picture is worth a thousand words"). District rate of 39% free/reduced lunch in 2010/11. Black/Hispanic students= 20%... Must be plenty of white kids who fall in the free/reduced lunch pool...

Anonymous said...

First yes I was referring to Longridge. 40 percent is an alarming number. However, remember this is an average district wide. I 'm sure you will concede the fact that are schools with a lower percentage as well as the opposite is true.In the case of Longridge they are on the extreme end of the of the high side due to the demographics of the neighborhoods that are in the geographic boundaries of Longrididge attendance area. Longridge percentage is closer to 60 percent which of course obviously includes white children again for all the reasons previously mentioned.

Look ! My observation was not meant to be racial in content. What I was referring to was the parental commitment to the education of.their kids within the context of that school.

ELA teachers are under tremendous pressure from administration to improve test scores district wide. The teacher who gave up her free time to help these kids deserves praise. To bad an overwelming majority of parents failed to take advantage of her efforts to educate their kids. End of story!!!

SCATS said...

To 9:56AM ~~ Before you go dumping on the parents for their "failings" you need to remember that this week is a SCHEDULED WEEK OFF FROM SCHOOL! Lots of people make alternative plans far in advance. Would you cancel a trip or other preplanned activity you scheduled 6 months earlier because this "opportunity" came up a few weeks before break week? I sincerely doubt it. I give kudos to the teacher, but where are the others? Let's face it, if the teachers want to do something "for the kids" then get rid of Feb. break week without making us pay through the nose to do it. Then most kids will benefit from an extra week throughout Greece.