July 2009

As New Rochelle Races Wrong Way, Obama Announces Race to the Top

July 25, 2009 - 00:21

President Obama joined US Secretary Arne Duncan in announcing the draft application for the $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" Fund.

This largest-ever federal investment in education reform will reward eligible states for past accomplishments and create incentives for future improvement in four critical areas of reform: adopting rigorous standards and assessments; recruiting and retaining effective teachers, especially in classrooms where they are needed most; turning around low-performing schools; and establishing data systems to track student achievement and teacher effectiveness.

Don't worry, we won't see any of that money here. New York is one of four states that is INELIGIBLE for the program.

AP wrote about this morning:

Man Silenced by Upstate New York School Board Loses First Amendment Claim

July 24, 2009 - 22:07

D90B7F18-AD38-4251-93CB-53AC01FAC473.jpgA federal judge in the Northern District has ruled in favor of the South Glens Falls, N.Y. school board which removed a South Glen Falls resident who sought to discuss a topic prohibited by the school board at a previous meeting. The case provides a good example why web sites like Talk of the Sound play a vital role in permitting community discussion of actions by the school district that are not permitted at school board meetings. At the very least it ought to help the school board to articulate something that has, so far, escaped the, the legal basis for limiting free speech during the public comment period during school board meetings. The phrase they are looking for is "limited public forum".

Mount Vernon School District Promise to Voters Vanishes with a Stroke of Gov. Patterson's Veto Pen

July 24, 2009 - 20:24

The Journal News is reporting that Mount Vernon Schools will not receive $5 million in state aid it had previously told voters would be coming only if they approved the 2009-10 school budget passed last May. Whooops

School officials held up the $5 million in state aid as a key reason why city residents should vote for the 2009-2010 Mount Vernon budget plan. Officials repeated the claim that the district would only get the aid if the schools budget passed, which it did.

What I love best about this story is that 40% of the money was going to an entirely useless expense on technology:

The district also planned to spend $1.9 million on hand-held remotes that students use to answer questions in class, along with related software and training.

Really? Two million bucks on "hand-held remotes" so kids can answer questions in class Ummm. Does anyone remember the days when a teacher would ask a question and students would raise their hands and the teacher would call on one of the students? Does that not work anymore? Now we need $1.9 million for "hand-held remotes".

New Jersey Got Hit By IRS & FBI...New Rochelle & Westchester County, NEXT!!!

July 24, 2009 - 15:40

New Rochelle and Westchester County Politicians better start packing up and leave Dodge. It's only a matter of time before The IRS & FBI raid New Rochelle City Hall Officials homes & offices and Westchester County Officials homes & offices...Bad Boys, Bad Boys watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come for you...HaHem...Bramson, Idoni, Strome, and all the current and past politicians that raped New Rochelle City & Westchester County Residents.


July 24, 2009 - 13:38

Already at 730am the Farmers Market has customers...history books on New Rochelle are being sold, written by Barbara Davis...and Kaffeine is buzzing with jokes and anticipation of the weekend...does it get any better...come to Main Street, join us!!!!!!!! have all happens here..

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New Rochelle BoE, FUSE, PTA, Strangle Taxpayer

July 24, 2009 - 03:27

9B3DAE76-CFB3-417A-89C2-B9BD67254ADF.jpgYou can't make this stuff up . Read this paragraph again from the Marty Daly investigation post:

So, if you are a parent with a concern about a particular teacher and seek to raise that concern up the chain of command within the District you will ultimately find yourself dealing with Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and then Board of Education now run by Sara Richmond and Chrisanne Petrone. Defending that teacher will be the President of F.U.S.E., Marty Daly. If you seek to enlist the support of the New Rochelle PTA you will find yourself in front of...Marty Daly. If you try to go up the chain of command within the PTA you will find yourself in front of...Chrisanne Petrone.

Do you hear that little voice again telling you somethings wrong here ? We're being strangled by the ploy of the week .

Now read this excerpt from Section 74 Code of Ethics of the NYS Commission on Public Integrity:

We Need Access to an Industrial Strength Scanner-Copier

July 23, 2009 - 22:56

Anyone out there have an office-size Industrial Strength Scanner-Copier that they could make available from time to time to Talk of the Sound we can do some bulk scanning?

I have a little desktop printer-scanner-copier but I have a bunch of much longer documents that I would like to scan and convert to PDF so I can publish them here. If you can help out with this please drop me a line.

New Rochelle Long-Term Planning: Lots of Empty Baskets, No Eggs

July 23, 2009 - 19:37

eggsbasket.tiffFormer Mayor Idoni, Mayor Bramson and the New Rochelle Democrats put all their eggs in one revenue basket which was sales tax. They signed tax abated big box stores, Home Depot & Costco, proclaiming, if we build stores, people will follow. Guess what? The people didn’t follow.

After their first failure, they went back to the drawing board and embarked on a development plan of erecting towering, tax-abated edifices, Avalon 1 & 2 and Trump/Cappelli, to entice people with “disposable income” who would flock to New Rochelle and support the downtown retail. Guess what? The people with “disposable income” came but shopped elsewhere.

Investigation into Marty Daly's PTA Conflict of Interest Raises More Conflict Questions for New BoE Veep Chrisanne Petrone

July 23, 2009 - 18:24

DSC_0589.jpgAn inquiry to the New York State PTA Board in Albany this week, on the question as to whether it was against the bylaws for the teacher's union president to be the co-president of the PTA council, led straight back to a familiar source -- the New Rochelle Board of Education.

The folks in Albany referred the matter to the Regional Director of the New York State PTA Board.

Below is the list of regions and directors. See any name that looks familiar?

Email Region Directors:

03 -- Central: Kammy Popiwczak
04 -- Central Hudson: Merle Payne
05 -- Suffolk: Doris Fischer
06 -- Leatherstocking: Donna Imobersteg
07 -- Genesee Valley: Gail Gligora
09 -- Mohawk Valley: Marge Ugalde
10 -- Nassau: Judy Van Haaren
11 -- Niagara: Diane Campbell
12 -- Northeastern: Penny Hollister
14 -- South Central: Denise Reppert
15 -- Southeastern: Tina Zdimal
16 -- Southwestern: Linda King
17 -- Taconic: Nancy Hulton
18 -- Westchester-East Putnam: Chrisanne Petrone
19 -- Western: Maria Eagen
20 -- North Country: Lynn Jock