October 2011

New York State Education Commissioner Appoints Independent Investigator into Cheating on Regents Exams

October 10, 2011 - 17:22

JohnBKingJrThe New York Times is reporting:

[NYSED] officials revealed this week that the State Education Department had quietly been conducting erasure analysis on some high school Regents exams for more than three years, a process that red-flagged 64 incidents of possible problems, including one that led to the ouster of an assistant principal in the Bronx.

And after an audit by the state comptroller raised concerns about cheating in 2010, the State Board of Regents voted, to little notice, to expand such analysis to six additional tests last school year, and to all Regents exams in 2011-12, though the necessary funds were never authorized.

New Rochelle School Parents Concerns About New York State Exam Results

October 10, 2011 - 16:16

A reader sent the following email:

My sons attend Trinity Elementary School. We have not been informed on the [result of the] last state test. A couple of parents said they received the kids scores by contacting the board of ed.I thought these were suppose to be announced, so to speak.I was looking for some insight on this, because my wife and I received a letter in the mail notifying us that my youngest one could receive additional help for reading,I had no idea he was in need of help.

As I recall the scores are embargoed by the state. By now parents should have received the results but just to clarify any mystery I made some inquiries to state and local officials. Basically, the district had the data but was not allowed to send it out. In the meantime, the used the data to identify students who were in need of help.

The file containing the Parent Reports for students who were in Grades 3 to 8 during 2010-11 was received from NYSED around the second of September. The reports were then distributed to the schools the following week; they put them in envelopes and mailed them out by the end of September.

New York Times Profiles Bridge Records of New Rochelle

October 10, 2011 - 15:52

New York Times features Bridge Records, a local record company featuring classical music:

Holding Onto a Niche, Very Firmly

WHEN David Starobin led a visitor recently through the headquarters of Bridge Records, a maze of rooms split between two office buildings here, he had to admit that utility trumped ornamentation in the décor. Though the complex included a sparsely appointed art department, a similarly spare editing suite, a business office and a room for Mr. Starobin packed with scores and discs, the common decorative touch seemed to be floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with 25-count CD cartons, each bearing a Bridge catalog number and abbreviated title. [read more]

Bridge Records offices are located somewhere in New Rochelle.

Sign-Gate: Did the Mayor Pull a Bait and Switch?

October 10, 2011 - 12:28

I imagine that when people gave money to Mayor Bramson's campaign, they were giving him money to help him get reelected. Now I see he shares signs with Rackman, Rice, Fertel and the others. Did the Mayor's contributors know they were going to subsidize other campaigns? If this happened to me, I'd be pretty upset.


“It was useless to argue, she thought, and to wonder about people who would neither refute an argument nor accept it.”

Updates on a Few Old Talk of the Sound Stories: Demetrius Hazelton, Fire at 43 Bayard, Columbia Island

October 09, 2011 - 23:34

One the most read stories ever on Talk of the Sound was Son of Police Detective Sues New Rochelle PD Following Arrest for using Dave Chappelle's "White Person Voice". It was widely linked from blogs around the country: Ripclawe and Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.

I never did hear what happened in the case when I asked I did not get any information. A New Rochelle police officer asked me how come I never wrote that Hazelton lost his case in criminal court. When I tried to confirm that I could not get any information. Now I know why. Hazelton was convicted on most of the counts, all related to "disorderly conduct" but the case was sealed. So, Hazelton was arrested and convicted but officially has not record. Not sure what happened with the civil lawsuit but obviously a conviction in court will not help him.

Deja Vu All Over Again as New Rochelle Parking Pay Stations Disabled by Vandals for Third Time in 8 Months

October 07, 2011 - 20:30

NR Free ParkingHate to say we told you so but…

Talk of the Sound observed two weeks ago that since the perpetrator had not been caught and no steps were being taken to protect the machines or monitor them with video cameras it was a mistake to simply put the machines back into service:

The technique used is simple, quick and totally destroys the inner workings of the machines. No one has been caught vandalizing a machine. All of the vandalism has occurred since the City went to 24/7 parking enforcement in the downtown area. Together, this suggests that simply fixing the damaged machines will only be a prelude to further vandalism, more losses and increased expenses.

Why Must New Rochelle Residents Live in Fear of their Twin Local Governments?

October 07, 2011 - 19:24

From time to time, officials in our twin governments, complain that people commenting on Talk of the Sound use pseudonyms. While I encourage people to register under their own names I allow people to use pseudonyms because they RIGHTFULLY FEAR their own local governments -- the municipal government or the school district government.

What sort of community do we live in where residents live in fear of their government? A woman on Stephenson Boulevard harassed mercilessly by members of the New Rochelle police department in a campaign orchestrated by the administrator of the City Court? A building inspector threatening residents, extorting them for bribes. A school administrator repeatedly raping a young boy in his office despite numerous complaints to the Superintendent and Board of Education.