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  • June 2nd School Board Meeting: F.U.S.E. Deal Approved, CILA Outrage, Babcock-Deutsch Caught Lying (Again)   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Since you asked, I counted them and came up with 62. Cindy actually skipped one and I was flipping through the material pretty fast but about 60 not 100.

    Korstoff rattled off the numbers so fast there was no way to keep up. He did address your "dumbing down" point and said that before critics said we were whining when we said there was a problem with the tests (too hard) but not that test scores have gone up the critics are whining that there is a problem with the tests (too easy). While in the real world it would be entirely consistent to argue that the tests were initially fair and low scores showed the schools were not delivering good results and so the state caved to political pressure and made the tests easier and now the scores are going up. By the same logic, however, Korstoff's argument is also consistent -- the test was initially unfair but once it was made fair the grades reflected the good performance of the school. So, without further analysis it is not possible to say who is right. We do know, however, that anything Dr. Korstoff says needs to be taken with a grain of salt. This is the same guy who said last fall that the school district had achieved "equity" in test performance because 100% of the kids at both IEYMS and ALMS passed a state math test. He even had a chart which showed two columns with 100% at the top of each which "proved" his point. Except for a few minor problems including the fact that five times as many students took the test at ALMS and that the state measures scores THREE ways not one - those getting 55% or better, 65% or better or 85% better. Not a single student at IEYMS got an 85% of better but about 75% of the students at ALMS got an 85% of better.

    Regular readers will also recall how Korstoff presented other highly misleading ELA and Math data to the school board (and the public) last October:

    Isaac Young Board Meeting, Failure Every Which Way But Loose

    And how the head of the IEYMS math department could not make sense out of the numbers in his own graphs and charts during his presentation to the school board:

    Isaac Young Math Department Chairman Struggles with Basic Calculations

    Also, read...

    How Cheating on High-Stakes Testing Works

    Isaac Young Teacher Disputes Criticism, Defends Fellow Teachers

    Martin Daly, Teacher's Union Chief, Lashes Out at Talk of the Sound

  • Is New Rochelle's City Council Support for Capelli Crumbling?   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Does anyone know the occupancy rates of the towers that were recently built? If you look at the Trump Tower at night, the top 10-15 floors look almost empty so maybe this project doesn't make any sense. I for 1 am tired of looking at those vacant store fronts next to the Post Office. There should be no more extensions or incentives for this project, its time for Capelli to put up or shut up!

  • MEMO: NRPD and CSDNR Should Collaborate to Build an iPod Database   5 years 15 weeks ago

    The D.A.R.E Program is thought in the elementary schools (5th Grade) so maybe there is coverage there.
    As far as VADIR filings, I guess the Board of Ed has
    the Middle Schools and High School "covered up",
    oh I mean covered. LOL.

  • June 2nd School Board Meeting: F.U.S.E. Deal Approved, CILA Outrage, Babcock-Deutsch Caught Lying (Again)   5 years 15 weeks ago

    did you say 100 resolutions in about 3 minutes? Might be useful to check NYSED figures; not logical when compared to figures published by Great Schools a national organization with likely the most extensive data base in the field. Although the recent tests were, according to many pedagogic observers, "dumbed down" (made easier) during current year, the differences between what Korshatof(sic) has reported varies greatly from Great School figures. Here is what they reported in December 2008

    3rd grade -- ELA 74% Math 93%
    4th grade -- ELA 82% Math 92%
    5th grade -- ELA 85% Math 89%
    6th grade -- ELA 69% Math 81%
    7th grade -- ELA 69% Math 83%
    8th grade -- ELA 64% Math 75%

    Without having census figures, I cannot compute averages, but it is highly unlikely that these numbers reflect the district report. Of course it would be possible that for some unknown reason the NYS assessments (as reported above quoted and verified by Great Schools) and the NYSED results were calculated differently or came from different sources. Strange -- given tests and other criteria, the New Rochelle District was rated a "6 out of 10" not at all shabby, but not reflective of the district report.

    warren gross

  • Is New Rochelle's City Council Support for Capelli Crumbling?   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Go to http://lohud.com/article/20090602/NEWS02/906020331/-1/SPORTS and see what some of the comments about Chucks visit brought out. Let's all step on the necks of the private citizen to help the poor developer. Heaven help us! Chuck, you've embarassed yourself.

  • Union Chief Marty Daly Says Schools Contract "Fair"; Admits Seeking Shorter Contract to Seek Bigger Raises Sooner   5 years 15 weeks ago

    It's all clear to me now. If you google Aman Ali you'll see he's actually a comedian. So, you see, his reporting is really his comedy "schtick". Personally, I don't find it funny. As a reporter, you CAN ask a question once in a while, or check a fact. Maybe he should quit his day job.

  • Possible Swine Flu Case at Jefferson School, Is Swine Flu Spreading in New Rochelle Schools?   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Keep in mind the other places your children are grouped together. Pre- school or after school programs, day care or baby-sitters. A child from one school might play with children from another school in a different setting. Nothing to panic about or overreact, but do pay attention to the safety guidelines about washing hands and coughs/ sneezing,etc. Again, if you're sick-stay home ! We'll al be healthier for it.

  • F.U.S.E. Approves Union Contract, New Rochelle School Board Set to Vote Tonight   5 years 15 weeks ago

    I wonder if they will announce who will be principal at Trinity next year. I hope it is someone who is experienced and has been a principal before at a big school, not a newbie principal.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Posts are not "censured" or even censored here. Posts from registered commenters are appear without moderation. Anonymous comments must be manually approved. What you cannot see the amount of "comment spam" that comes to the site because we allow anonymous comments. For every comment from a real person this sites gets hundreds of anonymous comments. Most of those are filtered but many actually get through and must be combed through to be weeded out. The remained of the anonymous comments are approved based on my editorial discretion.

    If you do not want to be subject to my editorial discretion than simply register.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 15 weeks ago

    As usual you (Cox) pass judgment and disregard posts that don't bow down and agree with yours. Half of the posts that challenge you never make the blog as you censure them because they expose you for what you are; a loud mouth bully who believes he has all the answers. This site could be so much better with no effort if you print all posts. I realize anonymous posts must be proofed due to language and content but censure based on opinion goes against the transparency you mandate from others. Some anonymous posts are moles; some are wise guys but most are timid people who are not comfortable with public identification but have something to offer, aka the silent majority, who have found a way to join the discussion. Encourage more posts to increase credibility.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 15 weeks ago
    Cox

    I am not fond of you in the least Mr. Cox. But I am honest. You have found your niche. Without the extreme sides of information, we could not have a legitimate middle ground. I do not like your views, but I understand the need for them. Freedom of the press (both sides) brings balance. I hate to admit it, but you bring balance. Unsettling, but balance none the less.

  • Union Chief Marty Daly Says Schools Contract "Fair"; Admits Seeking Shorter Contract to Seek Bigger Raises Sooner   5 years 15 weeks ago

    a retiring fuse negotiator put her papers in and then negotiated a retirement incentive which will include her. I think they call that double dipping. net to her? about na additional $10,000 at the tax payers expense. not bad for an ALMS union rep.

  • Possible Swine Flu Case at Jefferson School, Is Swine Flu Spreading in New Rochelle Schools?   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Davis School in New Rochelle had a confirmed case according to the district pinhead Weiss-Harrison. There is no notice as of this post about anything in Jefferson. Also, the Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe had a confirmed case, so if your kids play with kids from there, be vigilant. As usual the ineptitude of the school board lists announcements under a cutsie "flu season" cartoon. Flu season is over, this is a seperate influenza outbreak and should be recognized as such. You CAN be vigilant AND communicate with the parents without causing panic. Pulling their head out of the sand(or out of their a_ _) would help the parents prepare for any event. So, wash your hands and call Ms Weiss-Harrison 576-4264 and ask about the report at Jefferson.

  • N. R. Citizens Reform Club Tag Sale   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Before or after the tag sale, visit Trinity Elementary (180 Pelham Road) for the PTA's first ever Carnival! Pony rides, games, food, fun! It's a short walk down and the kids will enjoy it!

  • MEMO: NRPD and CSDNR Should Collaborate to Build an iPod Database   5 years 15 weeks ago

    A note to the two commenters.

    I do not know what to think of the rather odd notion that a student who steals an iPod would then take that iPod to the police in an attempt to register the iPod in their name. Setting aside the highly unlikely nature of this scenario, the real owner of the iPod could file a criminal complaint based on proof of ownership such as a receipt, registration information or testimony. The student who stole the iPod would be arrested and prosecuted. After the case is resolved the iPod would be returned to the real owner. Given this possibility, I seriously doubt an iPod thief is going to come forward as you have suggested but if they were dumb enough to do as you say the most likely outcome is that a stolen iPod would be returned.

    It does not matter whether the New Rochelle school system is set up exactly the same as Portsmouth PD. New Rochelle school security is run by Detective Bruce Danieli (ret.), formerly of NRPD. The NRPD has a Youth Officer and is already involved in the schools through D.A.R.E. The program would be accommodated to the existing system as appropriate.

    When you understand that this sort of theft of iPods, cellphone, etc. is commonplace at schools, the value of such a program as both a deterrent and as a way to reunite iPod owners with their iPod is obvious. As the program would be voluntarily, lower crime, save money and ultimately benefit all concerned - less crime means less work for NRPD, lower number of thefts means less VADIR filings, students are protected and/or get their property back.

  • Assemblyman George Latimer Brings Bad Budget & MTA Tidings to New Rochelle from Albany Statehouse   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Thanks for your comments. The next meeting of the New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club will be on June 25th at the American Legion Post 8 on North Avenue, New Rochelle at 7:30 p.m. It usually meets on the fourth Thursday of the month but we will not meet in July and August.

  • Assemblyman George Latimer Brings Bad Budget & MTA Tidings to New Rochelle from Albany Statehouse   5 years 15 weeks ago

    "An attempt to gain concessions on pay raises was rejected by the unions, consequently the Governor said he will lay off workers."

    Unrealistic. So the union heads rather have members fired? Why pay to be in a union if this is the best leadership can offer? Members need to get on the phone and voice her/his opinions.

  • Assemblyman George Latimer Brings Bad Budget & MTA Tidings to New Rochelle from Albany Statehouse   5 years 15 weeks ago

    thank you peggy, this is very useful and george continues to be very open. I wish there was a way to more broadly circulate key information such as you have presented to the community-at-large. too many people, for example, are confusing star credits and rebates. there are notices on bulleting boards in pelham road residences urging people to call reprsentatative klein's office to petition the state to save the star credit. they have it wrong; at this point the credit is secure, it is the rebate that is going away.

    you may be interested in Liz Feld's statements on the latest cuomo smokescreen on consolidating political entitities. I wrote a blog point on this in Bob's blog -- cuomo is shameless in not indicating upfront that his proposal would hold school districts, state and countygovernments, and state mandates harmless. that is where so many of the expense management and efficiency layers rest.

    again, thanks for the heads up on george and hope to be there myself if health permits. can you tell me where the reform club meets and if all are welcome.

    warren gross

    warren gross

  • Union Chief Marty Daly Says Schools Contract "Fair"; Admits Seeking Shorter Contract to Seek Bigger Raises Sooner   5 years 15 weeks ago

    If you ever doubted the enormous power of school districts and educational based unions, you might want to look closely at the latest piece of form over substance AG Cuomo is trying out on the gullible voter. He is advocating giving taxpayers the power to strip away layers of government and has a considerable amount of support from the usual opportunits and airheads in state and local governments who count on its apparent emotional appeal to beleaguered taxpayers. What the taxpayer who is gotten used to running his or her life by soundbites doesn't know, it will likely do exactly the opposite.

    In Sundays's Journal News (May 31) there were a few Letters to the Editor stating support for this idea and extolling its virtues. Both letters mentioned the efficiencies that could be realized in consolidaing school districts, etc.....

    Do you think that FUSE or any teachers uniion or, for that matter, districts, would support such a notion. Of course not! And not surprisingly,
    School Districts are EXEMPT from this proposal and they were from the recent payroll tax on businesses to fund the MTA increases. But other non-profits, cancer care, animal shelters, hospices, etc. WERE NOT

    A very bright lady, ex Mayor Feld of Larchmont, correctly labeled the latest Cuomo move as "showmanship" -- after all, this is a man who does little more than grab for the headlines. But that is a story for another day.

    Do not, repeat do not, support a proposed mesure that exempts the consolidation of school districts. That is where the real savings are and that is how your taxes can be significantly reduced.

    Oh, by the way, Cuomo also would exempt State educational mandates and state and county governments from his proposal so as to ensure he gets backing at vital political levels.

    This is not a good guy to say the least, but neither is politics a decent way of life.

    But, the purpose of this blog is to demonstrate the power of the districts and unions and the enormous hurdle of trying to effect change and cut costs.

    warren gross

  • MEMO: NRPD and CSDNR Should Collaborate to Build an iPod Database   5 years 15 weeks ago

    New Rochelle does not have School Resource Officers or officers in the schools.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 15 weeks ago

    There are other members of F. U. S.E , it's not a teacher only union, there are mechanics, tradesman, custodians, security officers etc. That's alot of people not getting raises.

  • MEMO: NRPD and CSDNR Should Collaborate to Build an iPod Database   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Some students probably wont hand it up to get it scanned for the serial, get pictures taken of it, and a description. There is a way around that when you first register it with he database. Someone can steal an Ipod, then have it registered with the school, and then if the person that got the Ipod stolen from him then he wouldn't be able to get it back. Then the school would get in trouble if the guardian of the child could get the police involved and match the Ipod up to the Itunes that the child that got the Ipod stolen from and if its a match then the school will have big problems.

    -A@NRHS

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 15 weeks ago

    As you are posting anonymously I have no idea who you are or why anyone should care what you think but it is certainly not true that all arguments are worthwhile. Arguments that are fallacious, based on untruths or otherwise unsound are not "worthwhile". Some arguments are self-serving, illogical or just plain stupid and should be dismissed out-of-hand.

    In this particular case, I commented on a post about greed being a driving factor in the tentative contract. I did not disagree with the "argument" and I am not dismissing it. It is not necessarily false or stupid. It may even be true. My concern is in addressing the core issue: the union manipulating the system to drive up spending to unsustainable levels not only within a particular budget period but long-term in the form of unfunded pension liabilities. What is happening with GM is a case in point. It is my view that the "they are greedy" is not a line of argument likely to carry the day. While it may well be the case, it is entirely subjective and goes to the state of mind of the union and its members and therefore not a fact-based argument.

    In either case, it is not "bullying" to express my view or challenge someone else's point of view. The name of the site is TALK of the Sound. We have an active comments section for a reason; so commentary and debate can take place. To that extent this is a marketplace of ideas and in that sort of marketplace the fact that you, me or anyone else expresses a particular point of view on a topic does not require that everyone else buy what is being sold.

    You seem overly concerned with the question of whether or not I or anyone else should have the right to respond to someone else's comment and label that "bullying". Nonsense. That this site offers you a forum to express your view does not entitle you to a particular response. If you believe that the union is being greedy than make the case for that instead of just uttering a claim and then expecting your verbal ejaculation to be accepted as received wisdom.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 15 weeks ago

    Cox; stop bullying public opinions. While you are an educated man you are far from perfect. While your points are valid so are others. Greed is a major factor whether it’s a raise or feeding friends and family at the public trough. Removing excess staff would be a major savings but all savings count! My grandmother taught me to take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves. Instead of being holier then thou acknowledge valid opinions even if they are less “worthy” in your world. Last I checked you can’t walk on water!

  • New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade 2009 - UPDATED IMAGES   5 years 15 weeks ago

    This was a proud day for New Rochelle and all its veterans.