Monday, August 19, 2013

Discovery Charter School To Open


WILL NEW SCHOOL OUTSHINE GCSD?
 
Elementary classes start Monday, 7:30AM in the former Odyssey at Hoover Dr. building.



(WHEC-TV)

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't the question be can it do worse than GCSD's UNION Schools?

Anonymous said...

I heard how many extra days of instruction they are planning and how many hours each day are available for instruction. Wow! That is a lot more that GCSD is giving our children. Shouldn't we be demanding this level of instruction for all of our children?

Charlie Hubbard said...

I have every reason to believe this school will be successful. At some point the monopoly known as public education must know 'others' can get the job done. For the city school system - they can't get charters going fast enough.

SCATS said...

To 6:33PM ~~ Yes, we should!!

Anonymous said...

You can't expect our prima donna teachers to work more days and longer hours, then the only perk would be summers off. How unbearable that would be.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that these charter schools are able to attract teachers who are willing to work longer days, and longer school years. Maybe there are good teachers anxious to work in an environment that is focused on LEARNING and not on all the other stuff we cram into the classroom.

SCATS said...

To 4:47PM ~~ Or that we cram into the schoolday but outside the classroom even ...

Anonymous said...

Bet they don't need an SRO. GPD officers should be properly trained in an SRO role. The way they talk to kids is not acceptable, it's a sad reflection of the failures of Chief Baxter. There's no explanation for sloppy police work, missing police reports and all the sordid details too numerous to detail.

Anonymous said...

There is a HUGE pool of NY Certified teachers not currently employed as teachers in Public Skrewel or any school. They are available and willing to teach.

Charter schools hire what appear to be the best from this pool, test them in classroom teaching, and shed them if they can't cut it teaching.

Charter schools and religious schools don't play the Union crap.
90% of the Union members claiming to be teachers at GCSD could not get hired in a Charter School.

Charter Schools run as businesses, not welfare systems for Union Members.

Anonymous said...

I suppose there will be those who argue that the charter schools' successes are because they only take the brightest, most motivated, best parentally supported students. If that is so, wouldn't that argue for placing any of that type of student still in the public schools in class rooms that are free of unmotivated, undisciplined students? I understand that our public schools will not provide longer days and more days, but why can't we provide an environment like the charter schools in the public schools to those who would benefit from it?

SCATS said...

To 7:29AM ~~ On the one hand, you ask a VERY GOOD QUESTION! On the other hand, do you really expect the teachers/administrators to engage and care?? It's a rare thing to witness in Greece.

"Inspire" seems to be a 4-letter word inside GCSD.

Charlie Hubbard said...

to 7:29 - your question is a good one - the problem - CONTRACTS. There is no education improvements required to get more $$ - NONE. I have referred to the school board approved contracts as worthless, do/nothing, give/aways - I stand by that. I challenge any reader (again) to show just one part of these contracts that relates to educational improvement.

SCATS said...

Exactly right, Charlie! Thus my previous remark.

Anonymous said...

Maybe when the progress made by students in charter school becomes acknowledged, then more and more parents will start to use them. As the number of schools and teachers needed in the GSCD dwindles, and those jobs become rarer, it will take care of itself. I agree that the current contract laws and amendments make it very difficult to move away from our present system. I only hope I see continued growth in charter schools as competition. I can't believe that every teacher in the school district is oblivious to the learning of their student and more interested in their benefits.

SCATS said...

To 2:09PM ~~ Every school year, more & more parents message me about irreconciled problems with their childrens' teachers. More and more of them CHOOSE to leave Greece after struggling with frustration after frustration. This past year, even DO administration STOPPED returning calls from certain parents ... they claim "there's nothing we can do." To that I say "BS!!"

Anyway, there is an absolute exodus out of Greece and much of it centers about school employee issues. Let them continue to ignore it and see more charters & private schools thrive as a result. Greece hasn't hit rock bottom, not quite yet ;)

Anonymous said...

There is NOTHING to worry about.
As other posts here clearly indicate GCSD is preparing students well for life in crime and welfare collecting.

What more can GCSD UNION life enjoyers be expected to provide?

Anonymous said...

They have alot of interesting info on their website, stuff like this:

http://rochesterdiscovery.com/wp-content/uploads/Policies-Personnel-Performance-Framework.pdf

I can't seem to find our equivalent policies...

SCATS said...

To 2:15PM ~~ GCSD prefers to make things up as they go along. That way, they are NEVER "wrong."