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New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Issues Statement on Election of Donald Trump as President

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 18:56
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Statement read at last night's school board meeting.

Since our last meeting on November 1st there was an election for President of the United States. In the wake of this Presidential election, many voices have been heard throughout the country and here in New Rochelle. Some of those voices have expressed concern about divisions among us; some have expressed hope that we will be able to come together as one country; and some have expressed messages of hate and contempt for others which are deeply troubling.

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New York Assemblywoman Paulin’s “No More Freddies” Legislation Would Require SED to Provide School Districts With Results of Criminal Background Checks

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 18:18

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin

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New York State Assembly bill introduced in response to reporting by Talk of the Sound that New York State Education Department (SED) licensed a convicted felon to work as a senior administrator in Westchester County Schools for years.

ALBANY, NY —  Most New Yorkers know that public school teachers and administrators are subject to a criminal background check. What few realize is that this is one time event, at the time of initial hire, and that records of criminal convictions obtained as a result are withheld from local school districts save one, New York City. As a result, school districts throughout the state have unwittingly hired convicted criminals, even for senior administrative positions.

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GETTING RESULTS: Freddie Dean Smith Education License Revoked (Again), This Time Its Maryland

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 21:42

Freddie Dean Smith in a BTN Baltimore classroom

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Banned in three states, former Westchester Schools Superintendent with a history of a felony conviction, fraud, and multiple sex offender convictions remains in “good standing” with New York State Education Department.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Maryland last month revoked the administrative education license of Freddie Dean Smith after a state investigation initiated based on reporting by Talk of the Sound. Virginia likewise revoked Smith’s education credentials based on reporting by Talk of the Sound. Smith has now been banned by state education departments in Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland, as well as the City of New York Department of Education.

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New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade Soars

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 05:19

New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade Soars

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 17:47
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Thousands of spectators turned out on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon to watch marching bands, dancers, sports clubs and schools, and more at the Annual New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Parade. Among the highlights, the debut of large inflatable balloons of Mighty Mouse, Frosty the Snowman and Mr. Potato Head and, of course, Santa Claus.

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