I am beginning to explore the possibility of opening a public charter school in New Rochelle. I'm currently a NYC school leader and former charter school director (also of a school in NYC) who resides in New Rochelle. The idea of a charter school in New Rochelle intrigues me, especially in light of the changing demographics of New Rochelle and the apparent unrest amongst our community with the direction of the New Rochelle School District. A well run charter school could bring innovation to education in this city, as well as provide competition to the established schools, thus improving the overall quality or our schools.
In the long run, lower property taxes could result as well if charter schools prove to operate more efficiently. From what I read in these blogs, some of the positions/expenses that this city is incurring are outrageous. Is it true that we employ a full time locksmith AND a carpenter (obviously, these are functions that can be outsourced rather easily)? If this is true, is waste also occurring within the schools themselves and the administrative offices?Read more
It was refreshing to hear how the board claimed to have heard the issues raised by the public in the weeks prior to the budget vote . Always sensitive to those who pay their salaries and afford them their status in the community, it seemed they really got it this time . More transparancy , letting us know the issues ,BEFORE, the meetings, so we could comment PRIOR to them voting on agenda items . It was as if there was some headway made . But Nooooooooo. As soon as the check cleared it was back to the usual "behind closed doors" boiler room dealings that many complained about . Oh Jeff , c'mon out now , here's where you're supposed to show us your reform platform . What's that ? You have to check with Ms Polow first ? That's OK , we didn't expect much from you anyway. I'll send out for some pizza for you guys and maybe Ms Henry could get you all some cots because if you're going to go over personnel ISSUES, Lord knows you'll be in there for a while since there are so many issues. Unless of course you hold true to the old ways and just give the offenders a raise . THAT won't take long at all. Right ? Shame shame shameRead more
A case of swine flu has already been confirmed by the Westchester County Health Department at the Davis Elementary School and now comes word of a possible case at Jefferson Elementary School.Read more
It's hard to imagine there could be a dumber class of citizens in this city. Much like the troll from a few weeks ago, everytime you attempt to string a coherent sentence together to rail against this site, you wind up providing more and more support for the site. In a simpleminded way you keep blaming Mr Cox for the voices of people who want to express a different point of view. Instead of blaming Mr Cox, maybe we should blame Al Gore for inventing the internet. The more you and your ilk open your mouths, the more importance you give to this site by showing the public just how sheepish and narrow minded some folks can be. That is why a site like this is so important. YOU are why this site exists. Joe Stalin and Ho Chi Min would be proud of you all. (hold up your little red book now). Everything posted on this site by Bob, and others has been, at the very least, as true as anything you read in the Journal News. In fact, there are stories here that the JN is afraid to print, or have been told not to print. Isn't that better for the community? (Oh , that's right, you have to check with someone before you answer). Anyhow, to jump up and down and brag how your "side" won shows the mentality of a gradeschooler who just won their first dodgeball game. It's not about who's side won, it's about what's right for the city and the kids and many people have different opinions about that.Read more
Did, in fact, Deirdre Polow commit a crime by not reporting information about nude photos of a minor? It's pretty cut and dry as far as the law is concerned. If she had any knowledge, or suspicion of the incident, the law demands that she reports to the Law Enforcement authorities. That's it. You don't go to the school board and say "what do you want to do about this?". I don't know all the facts surrounding the issue, but if any of what's reported here is true, she is guilty of failure to report, and can be held responsible in both criminal and civil courts. The law is designed specifically to prevent cover-ups and allow people to come forward and do the right thing to protect children. Unless, of course, this is what she means when she says "its all about the children." Keep an eye on your kids and talk to them. I don't know if she is guilty but it is my opinion that there are to many "isolated incidents" like this going on.Read more
If,by chance, you haven't read the research of NR Objectivist or evaluation by Warren Gross, you 've missed the most compelling reasons why you should vote no on the budget. These 2 people have done more to expose the truth behind the numbers than any board member in recent history. This is all possible because Bob Cox has provided a fair and open market for the exchange of ideas. Thank you to all of you. Now, more than ever, there is a chance to create change for the better, and it starts with each and every one of us. To paraphrase President Obama - change doesn't come FROM the school board. Change comes TO the school board. What do we see from the board that is any different than the last decade? Does Ms Polow represent the fresh air that's needed to remove the stench of business as usual? Higher taxes, throwing more money at the issue with no return for the expense? Dragging along a party hack who will forever be beholding to those who put him in place. Mr Hastie started out with good intentions, but alas, he was swallowed up by his lack of savy as to how things work with this board. He will NEVER be allowed a free thought, unless it's handed to him. So where does that leave us? I know how I'll vote, but for those who aren't yet sure, or need more time,consider this. If you vote yes, the damage will be done with no going back.Read more
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The School District of New Rochelle has embarked on a 7 year spending binge that has produced a 2009/2010 budget that is $30mn to $40mn above spending levels consistent with the rate of inflation. The District based its supersized spending increases on larger then normal gains in housing prices. When the housing market began to turn in 2006/2007, the District failed to make any meaningful downward adjustments in spending. The failure to anticipate this shift in the housing market will have negative implications for years to come.Read more
You've seen the comments and facts about how the board twists things. I've been advocating to get rid of the status quo(Polow AND Hastie) and no to the budget to allow proper/legal oversight of a system gone awry. There is nothing personal abouit this. To borrow from the Board itself, this IS about the children. Imagine if all the waste is gone and how much more we can contribute to the kids. May 19th is a hurdle to be sure, but it is just the first step in truly improving things both for the children and the families of this city. THAT is what this is all about. We stand ready to make the most significant change to policy to this system in 50 years and it is for the better. The president of the united states sees the need to rethink things and that can be applied here. Our president, indeed the nation, would be proud to see citizenry in action, taking responsibility for ourselves. Show the nation how a city took control of itself when things were down. There will be much work to be done after the budget is defeated. We will need everyones help to carry on the service that our children need and that comes in any way you can think of. They are OUR children, it is OUR school district and it is OUR city.
Show them you care, by joining us.
Vote NO on May 19th
Vote YES for Vince Malfitano
Vote FOR the children !
Polow must go-on the budget vote no