December 2008

It's Like Preaching Morality in Your Underwear...

December 07, 2008 - 02:52

In "Hat's Off" to David Lacher, a Précis on My Appearance Before the New Rochelle School Board Last Night", a New Rochelle Resident, Taxpayer, Parent and Stakeholder describes his experience at a recent Board of Education Meeting for the City School District of New Rochelle. Interesting, that another community member was witness to the Board's behavior and was compelled to write the following in a post titled "Courtesy."

Taking into account what is described in the above referenced posts, consider the following quote:

Now more than ever we must count on the coalition of parents, community, faculty, staff and students to make decisions that limit the harm to our children. Now is the opportunity to hear many voices come together with suggestions, support, advocacy and actions to sustain the incredibly successful school system in New Rochelle.

Assistant Principal Gets Canned for Exercising Artistic Freedom While Scoring Regents

December 05, 2008 - 02:00

The New York Times reported that an Assistant Principal in NYC was recently fired for changing over 1000 incorrect responses on a Integrated Algebra Regents exam. Then lied about it when questioned about it. Duh! Does a cheater tell the truth once they are caught? No. They continue to lie to the point that they lose sight of reality and can no longer tell reality from the distorted world they have created for themselves. Furthermore, they aggressively attempt to justify their pathological behavior.

The investigation began in August, after a state education official alerted Mr. Condon’s office to an eyebrow-raising irregularity: On algebra exams taken by Contemporary Arts students, 1,013 multiple-choice answers had been erased and changed — in 94 percent of the cases, from incorrect to correct.


December 04, 2008 - 20:13

My view of the manner in which the concerns of a citizen were received during the public portion of the New rochelle School Board Meeting on Dec. 2 are as follows.

In common with many other elected officials the president of the board appears to have forgotten that the board is elected to serve the interests of the people of New Rochelle and has not been annointed their masters. No doubt the individual involved had appeared several times before. That very fact indicates that his concerns had not been adequately addressed. Instead of being heard out he was gaveled down and dismissed.

This behavior is probably acceptable in the People's Republic of China or Cuba but is not acceptable in a public forum of an elected body in a democratic republic.

So Much For Dissing New Rochelle and Mayor Bramson, Steiner Sports MarketingTakes 40,000 SF in New Rochelle

December 04, 2008 - 20:01

After months of bashing New Rochelle, Mayor Noam Bramson, Trump, Cappelli and pretty much everyone else within a 5 miles radius of New Roc City, Brandon Steiner has decided that New Rochelle is not such a bad place after all.

CoStar Realty announced today:: "Steiner Sports Marketing, a communications firm that is part of Omnicom Group, signed a 40,000-square-foot lease at 145 Huguenot St. in New Rochelle, NY. Occupancy is planned sometime in the first quarter of 2009. "

School District Web Site Still Not in Compliance with New York State FOIL Law

December 04, 2008 - 00:34

This past August, Gov. David Patterson signed into law changes to the New York State Freedom of Information Law. State agencies, including the City School District of New Rochelle were given 60 days to bring their agencies into compliance with the law, a period which ended about 2 months ago. One of the requirements involved the web site.

Before Thanksgiving I asked Christine Coleman, head of IT for New Rochelle schools, to provide a link to the page on the web site where the district informs the public how they can obtain public records.

>>> Robert Cox 11/25/2008 9:31 AM >>>
Ms. Coleman,

Can you please send me a link to the page on the district's web site
where the district has posted information about the Freedom of
Information law and the contact information for the records access
officer as well as the time and place where records are available?

Thank you,

Robert Cox

"Hat's Off" to David Lacher, a Précis on My Appearance Before the New Rochelle School Board Last Night

December 03, 2008 - 23:37

On Tuesday night, I once again appeared before the school board, still waiting to get a response from the District for an investigation into why there are TWO different and incorrect versions of the graded answer sheet for my son's Chemistry Regents Exam from 2007, a fact which I reported to the District back in May. This time there were a few new twists.

Popular New Rochelle Teacher's Car Smashed by Wrong Way Driver

December 03, 2008 - 16:19

Students arriving at New Rochelle High School from the entrance near Argyll Street greeted by the site of a popular teacher's car (the green SUV) having been smashed into a white subcompact car that had apparently driven the wrong way down Argyll. The street is a one-way street near the school.

car crash argyll.jpg

Police had yet to arrive on the scene. The teacher was already in the school at the time of the incident, unaware of what had happened until shown cell phone photos of his car by a student. The driver of the white car was also not present on the scene but might have a bit of explaining to do to NRPD since the car is pointed the wrong way on the street.

Students Who Cheat Call Themselves Ethical, Study Shows

December 02, 2008 - 11:03

David Crary at the AP is reporting that The Josephson Institute surveyed close to 30,000 students across the United States and found that although 30% reported cheating at school, 93% believed they were ethical.

The survey found that 35 percent of boys and 26 percent of girls — 30 percent overall — acknowledged stealing from a store within the past year. One-fifth said they stole something from a friend; 23 percent said they stole something from a parent or other relative...93 percent of the students said they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character, and 77 percent affirmed that "when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know."

It would hardly be a surprise to find that students in the New Rochelle public schools have a warped sense of ethics given the ethically-challenged administration of the school district.

Yorktown Residents Win FOIL Lawsuit

December 02, 2008 - 10:34

Brian J. Howard of The Journal News is reporting:

[Yorktown] has spent nearly $160,000 this year defending five lawsuits and bringing two others, which for one resident has called into question the decisions of officials leading up to the lawsuits.

Susan Siegel raised the issue based on data she obtained under the state Freedom of Information Law. She said costly, possibly avoidable lawsuits underscore her call for residents to consider the merits of a town manager.

Siegel runs Committee for a Yorktown Town Administrator

According to Howard "Her own lawsuit in February challenging the town's denial of a request for electronic documents cost the town $6,000. She spent just $472 to bring the case, and the town ultimately provided the documents as requested."