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JudithAnn March 16, 2014 at 09:41 am
I would love to know just what us being taught to journalists today. Do they cover things likeRead More "Biased reporting 101" or "Never Insert yourself or your personal views into your reporting" or make sure you verify both sides of an issue with at least 3 credible sources?" Or most important : you are the advocats of The People first and always seek the truth whether or not it's what you the reporter wants to believe or your editor wants you to write. Just curious.
Kate Farrish March 17, 2014 at 08:40 am
I teach journalism at UConn and at these workshops for high school students. I can tell you that myRead More students are taught to leave themselves and their opinions out of stories, to generally verify information with at least two credible sources, to interview people on all sides of an issue and that their aim is to serve the public. Thank you for your interest.
Tom March 18, 2014 at 05:26 pm
Maybe they could tackle the subject of whether it is ethical and legal to have gender-specificRead More programs that exclude one sex for another in publicly funded schools which are geared toward cariculum in the sciences. Nothing like picking and choosing winners and violating civil rights at the same time..
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Linda C March 27, 2014 at 11:16 am
James you have just proved my point. Of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers, just as anyRead More statement doesn't always apply to ALL! However I am stating FACTS and it does apply to more than it should; but just the mentioning of a Fact has you feeling uncomfortable. Ergo that is exactly why the problems will never be addressed; because the mere mention of it makes you feel guilty, uncomfortable and or insecure about discussing it! And the so Called Community Leaders are counting on just that!
James Bond April 10, 2014 at 10:42 am
Linda, Sorry to react to your post so late,I was away( not prison ). I reacted to what you saidRead More earlier about unwed mothers. To which you had no disclaimer because it said unwed mothers only. Now you say," of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers".To me you're the one sounding like you want it both ways and that sounds more like our fumbling politicans,than my post. That said, I do understand where you're coming from and posts are not the easiest way to state it sometimes.Your attack on how I feel is unwarrented just because I pointed out a flaw in your post. Sorry about that hope to hear from you soon.
Linda C April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm
James glad you found your way home lol. I truly wasn't trying to attack your comment, merely tryingRead More to clear up the confusion on my earlier posting. In a nut shell James, we are (as tax payers) being forced to pay for whatever little program pops in their heads. Unfortunately the ones already in place aren't cancelled, it's just a process of adding more and more programs that have been proven not to work, as well as picking up the pieces of those who aren't doing their jobs. I'm all for helping, but lets find out what works, along with squashing those that don't - not double programs only to find out none work!! Enjoy whatever up and coming holiday you chose to celebrate. Not sure about you, but I'm not finding this new improved Patch as stimulating as when it was more focused on our individual town issues, so haven't been on much either!
State Rep. Larry Cafero, a Norwalk Republican and Minority Leader in the state House of Representatives, says he wants a public hearing on Common Core education standards. (Photo from Cafero's official statehouse website)
Danielle Bolliger April 1, 2014 at 09:14 am
I also came across this yesterday. There are 3 videos. The third one is a very concerned parentRead More from Arkansas. I hope more parents stand up to get rid of Common Core. http://patriotaction.net/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%3ATopic%3A6635270&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
How about actually going to the Common Core website to find out what the CC Standards are? ThatRead More parent in Arkansas is an idiot. She's complaining about the Singapore math curriculum--it has nothing to do with the implementation of Common Core. Common Core does not specify the use of any of the techniques, procedures, methods or formulas that people like the Arkansas mother are complaining about.
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
Please read the standards: http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/
CT Yankee January 17, 2014 at 09:11 am
Seriously, they consider this a budget? Where's the headcount? Where is the explanation for theRead More major increases or decreases? Where are last year's expenses in the same categories so you can compare? Other school districts like Middletown give you all of that information, so maybe when comparing themselves with peers, MBOE should see what a real budget looks like. Sadly, this is a reflection of what our kids are learning under this group and explains why they didn't make their DPI score.
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Brian Kaskel January 13, 2014 at 05:27 pm
OK Jane, as per usual, you read the way you want and not the words put in front of you. The titleRead More says "Asking tax payers to support education" NOT "Please pay more taxes for education" Also if you bothered to read the whole thing before jumping to conclusions - you would see my final plea - but here it is again. Read it close: As I have said before, we need to fund the schools, but not by causing additional burdens to the taxpayers of Middletown. It is time to make hard decisions, maybe put off some of the downtown revival ideas, and spend that money on the schools. I am a ready and willing body to open the books and take a second look. I am sure the money is there. Who’s with me? SO AGAIN.... NO new TAXES - it's called reallocation of funds. Always a pleasure Jane!
jane January 13, 2014 at 05:37 pm
As per usual? Because you know me well enough? Really Brian? So are you saying you didn't lead aRead More group of parents to city hall asking them to increase the taxes to increase the budget? What ever happened to the missing million? If you ask the town to move funding - you don't think they'll recoup it with more tax increase? Why are homeowners paying more taxes and only specific economically targeted groups of children receiving more and more benefits Brian ? I want equal access for all children in town. Pleasure? Never for me - you attack people personally who disagree with you - you're arrogant self rightous and rude. Good day.
Jim Morris January 14, 2014 at 07:43 pm
With a 74 or 78 million dollar budget I certainly don't accept the presumption that this isRead More underfunded. It would help if the Superintendent's budget provided some explanation about the major categories and the nature of the expense lines. I have many questions but let's start with: 1. What are the student populations numbers for these years. Is the population increasing to justify an overall $ increase of 5.8%? 2. Why are there no headcounts on the salary lines? 3. Line 009 Administrator Salaries proposed 227k increase is ~ 7.6%. Really, why? 4. 201 Longevity-Certified. What is this? Why no expense in 2013-14 but 415k in 2014-15? 5. 202 (same question) 6. 210 Unemployment down 228k. Is this State unemployment tax? How can it go down? 7. 220 and 230 Health insurance increase 1.2million and 12%. WHY? Are the benefits changing? 8. 310 Purchased Services going from 900k to 3239k. What is it and why the astounding increase? 9. 331 Transportation 5.5 mil to 6.3mil. Why? 10 413 Maintenance supplies from 513 to -0-. How can that be? 11. 414 How can you budget a decrease in fuel oil? Does the BOE control the weather and/or the oil prices? 12. 420 Textbooks from 99k to 80k. Why spending less on textbooks? 13. 542 Replacement maintenance -huge drop. Why? Jim
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Salena Bennett-Chatman January 14, 2014 at 08:44 pm
So according to BOE it will be open to all races! But they haven't address the total number ofRead More children this program will enroll! The BOE did discuss that Mac is over on the racial imbalance by 2 kids! Just a follow up if we are so proud opening a magnet school why isn't there more info? Like they know how many children this program can enroll!!
Salena Bennett-Chatman January 15, 2014 at 07:43 am
Looks like the funding for this is coming out of the Alliance Grant. Which to me its all the sameRead More pool of money when you really look at the picture. Plus keep in mind last years debacle w/ the town & BOE over the alliance grant. I would urge BOE to put more details out on the Mac Magnet School, ex: how many children will be able to enroll, what percent of white children is need to off set the racial imbalance- which in turn will leave how many real spots open, what is the long term plan for Mac Magnet school- there is still going to be a certain % of children who qualify but families decide to not move schools. I myself have a ton of questions & it would be nice to get them addressed in an open forum like a Q & A. Cassandra please consider asking follow up questions!!!
Brian Kaskel January 15, 2014 at 11:34 am
@Salena - I think you are on to something - maybe this would not have gotten as "heated"Read More if the BOE had presented more information up front. For instance - I understand that this will be open to anyone who qualifies and wants to go. Ms. Macri said there will be a broad base on who is deemed to be a TAG student, not just IQ, but how? And is there a cap to how many are allowed? Will it be a lottery system? I am still not sure how this will or won't affect over-crowding. More info - and a Q&A forum would be fantastic. Maybe held at Macdonough so people can see the space first hand. It's better to get this info early than late right?
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Sonia Konopka December 18, 2013 at 06:57 am
That is wonderful of Mr. Ouellette to be so generous to the public schools and the community. ARead More nice story to hear this time of year! Have fun at the show kids!
EG Salon & Spa December 18, 2013 at 08:02 am
Awesome job! EG salon is so proud to be part of an awesome business community in downtownRead More Middletown!! There Are so many of us that own small businesses that help out in one way or another! In Phil's words, it's not about us, it's about ALL OF US! Great job and thank you!