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Superintendent Search to be Topic of Dec. 4 Town Hall

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 12:55

City School District of New Rochelle

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New Rochelle Board of Education invites the community to attend a Town Hall meeting to discuss the search for a new Superintendent of Schools, starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of Isaac E. Young Middle School, 270 Centre Ave.

At the session, the community will meet Dr. Harold A. Coles, Superintendent of Southern Westchester BOCES, who has been retained to conduct the search. Members of the public will have the opportunity to give their input on what qualities they would like to see in the District's next top educator.

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New Rochelle Board of Education Press Conference on T&M Report on Apex Credit Recovery Investigation

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 18:14
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New Rochelle Board of Education Press Conference on T&M Report on Apex Credit Recovery Investigation

 

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- School Board President Jeffrey Hastie and Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey held a press conference this morning to take questions about the T&M Report on Apex Credit Recovery Investigation.

NOTE: I do not have time right now to write this up so if someone wants to transcript the presser and send it to me great. Otherwise, I will write it up when I have time.

Crazy New Rochelle School Board Meeting: Report in Grade-Fixing Scandal Released, Shadia Fired, Shadia Speaks

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:00

Shadia Alvarez Addresses New Rochelle School Board Moments After Being Fired

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Video of Alvarez addressing the school board moments after she was publicly fired.

https://twitter.com/talkofthesound/status/1070163406379016192?s=12

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- School Board Jeffrey Hastie announced tonight that the New Rochelle Board of Education accepted the final report from T&M Protection Resources on our use of online credit courses at New Rochelle High School. 

“This is the first step in rebuilding trust in an educational system that prides itself on the quality of the education we deliver,” said Hastie.

T&M Makes Recommendations on Online Coursework in Wake of Apex Abuse

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 18:37
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- T&M Protection Resources made a set of recommendations to the New Rochelle Board of Education after their soon-to-be released credit recovery investigation revealed “numerous deficiencies in the method by which NRHS implemented the online learning platform which allowed for improper grading and violations of school practice regarding grade entries and proctoring.”

PRE-ENROLLMENT COURSE ADMINISTRATION

Report on Apex Investigation of New Rochelle High School Leaves Many Questions Left Unanswered

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:04
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The T&M Protection Resources report on its investigation of credit recovery abuse at New Rochelle High School raises new questions and leaves open unfinished business.

First and foremost, no one was placed under oath. It appears at least two witnesses lied to investigators which would be a crime had it been sworn testimony.

Leaked Apex Report Obtained by Talk of the Sound Depicts Rampant Grade-Fixing at New Rochelle High School

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 03:16
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Talk of the Sound has obtained a leaked copy of a long-awaited report by T&M Protection Resources on allegations of grade-fixing in connection with credit recovery programs at New Rochelle High School.

The 166-page report focused primarily on massive failures by the school and district administration and the use of the Apex Learning credit recovery system, but also cleared a guidance counselor of wrong-doing in response to allegations made by three teachers in the Art Department at New Rochelle High School.

What Really Happened with Legal Services RFP Pulled by New Rochelle BOE?

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 20:16
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“Litany of Erros” pretext does not stand up to scrutiny.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Despite repeated claims by leadership of the New Rochelle Board of Education that an RFP for Legal Services issued in October was pulled because it was “filled with errors” or had “a litany of errors”, a line-by-line analysis of changes between the RFP issued in October and a second RFP issued in November shows nothing of the sort.

CORRECTION: 212 Grades for 32 Students Not 200 Students in New Rochelle High School Grade-Fixing Scandal

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:16
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Hi NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Doh! We had got it right the first times based on the T&M invoices. The much anticipated investigative report on abuses of Apex Learning’s credit recovery says Shadia Alvarez manually entered grades into the Apex Learning system 212 times for 32 students on 40 courses, this according to a source who was reading to us from the report itself. We apologize for the error, our original source had heard the figure “200” and understood that to mean 200 students not 200 grades. Our newest source was actually reading from the report.

Has New Rochelle High School Turned into a Credit Recovery Mill?

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:18
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- As the big day approaches, the long-promised release of the T&M Protection Serviced credit recovery investigation report, I want to take readers back to my first public utterances on what has come to be known as the Apex scandal. Unfair really, because Apex is just a web-based educational software company. While it may appear this is really a scandal of certain people engaged in fraud to artificially inflate graduation rates, the real scandal is that New Rochelle High School was turned into a “credit recovery mill”.

New Rochelle High School: Reggie Richardson Home For Wayward Principals

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 23:00
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- There are many qualities school districts look for in hiring administrators: back-to-back sustained New York City Department of Education SCI Investigations is not one of the them. 

During his five year tenure as Principal of New Rochelle High School, Reggie Richardson made any number of questionable hires and promotions — some of the house principals and certain department heads come to mind — but no two hires stand out more than Shadia Alvarez and Kavita Gupta.

The two have a lot in common.

School Officials Failed to Disclose Second Swastika at New Rochelle High School

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 18:36
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School District waited two days to report   “Graffiti” which NRPD has since classified as a “hate crime”.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- A previously unreported second swastika, described by police as a “3-inch swastika”, was found inside the New Rochelle High School Boys Locker Room moments after school security guards confirmed a report of what school officials later called a “4-inch swastika” in the same locker room.

Over 200 New Rochelle High School Students May Have Received Fake Grades from Shadia Alvarez

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 03:47
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T&M Investigation of New Rochelle High School Abuse of Apex Credit Recovery - Leak #2

 

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Drip, Drip, Drip. Got another one!

The numbers are way worse than we thought: not a few dozen students but hundreds.

EXCLUSIVE *** MUST CREDIT TALK OF THE SOUND***New Rochelle Mail Carrier Says He Saw Four Kids at Wildcliff an Hour Before Blaze

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 00:07
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Students from Isaac E. Young Middle School suspected, sources say.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Four “young kids” were observed on the Wildcliff Property about an hour before the New Rochelle Fire Department received a call of a fully engaged fire at the historical residence at 4:25 p.m. on Monday. This according to a United States Postal Service mail carrier whose delivery route includes Wildcliff Road.

In an exclusive interview with Talk of the Sound, “Jacobs” said he saw four young kids playing on the property between 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  

Davis Elementary School Teacher Alleged Sexual Assault in Classroom

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 21:39

Davis Principal Anthony Bambrola with New Rochelle Board of Education President Jeffrey Hastie at a PTA Meeting on November 20th in the same room where Bambrola met with F.U.S.E. Leadership and the victim before removing the consultant from the school.

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This is an updated version of a story that ran on November 5, 2018 which did not identify the school where the alleged assault took place.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- A George M. Davis Elementary School teacher has alleged she was sexually assaulted in her classroom. The incident occurred several weeks ago during the school day. Police were not called to the school and no charges were filed.

Former New Rochelle High School Principal Embarks on Real Estate Career

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 20:55
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- If you are looking for a 3-bedroom double duplex in Bed Stuy close to the Bushwick border just a hop, skip and a jump from the J train, Reggie Richardson has the place for you. The listing at 908 Lafayette Avenue has an open house this Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

The former New Rochelle High School Principal and the 2017 ESSAA Region 2 Administrator of the Year is out of the education business, working the Brooklyn real estate scene.

Former New Rochelle Police Officer Pleads Guilty In White Plains Hit-And-Run That Left Two Seriously Injured

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 20:13
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WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Raymond Beckley, 25, of Valhalla pleaded guilty to Tampering with Physical Evidence stemming from a hit-and-run incident during which two pedestrians were seriously injured Nov. 13, 2016, in White Plains. Westchester County Court Judge Larry Schwartz presided.

12/22 Breakfast with Santa 09:30 AM

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 19:36

Breakfast with Santa

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- New Roc Fun Fuzion presents Breakfast with Santa, a full continental breakfast in Saturday, December 22nd at 9.30 am to 11.30 am

$20 per child

$10 per adult (Buffet only)

Children under 2 free with adult ticket.

Children will receive:

- Funhouse Games* and Rides

- A visit with Santa!

- Face Painting!

- Dancing!

- Crafts!

*Redemption games are not included. Management reserves all rights.

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T&M Investigation of New Rochelle High School Abuse of Apex Credit Recovery - Leak #1

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 19:22
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Woo Hoo! We got our first really good tip on the Apex scandal!

Cyber Monday Sale

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 18:20

Cyber Monday

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Fun Fuzion Presents Cyber Monday Sale

Save Up to 58%

$24.95 for one game of Lazer Tag a round of Mini Golf and a 90-minute unlimited game card* at Fun Fuzion at New Roc City; Westchester's only Indoor Amusement Park!

*Non-Redemption Games and Rides only.

Package must be reserved ONLINE on Monday, November 26, 2018, and redeemed in store by February 28, 2019!

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Temple Israel of New Rochelle 2nd Annual Chanukah Hike & Havdalah

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:47
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