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South Side High School in Rockville Centre is among the best on Long Island, according to new rankings. (Patch file photo)
Meg Zeitzer-Doyle April 24, 2014 at 08:24 am
Saving money doesn't work look at Lawrence no money spent crappy school.
Lorraine DeVita April 24, 2014 at 09:04 am
In general and IMHO- Its not HOW much money - It is: How and where the money is spent ,Read More more importantly What the priorities are of the SD and the parents. Many of the schools that did make the list have a unique philosophy especially here on LI. I refer to "'A Teacher's" post above . He quoted Mr. Cardillo the Superintendent of Manhasset - Manhasset's priorities are ACADEMICS - The Arts - Athletics and After school activities in THAT order. Its seems many Parents have fallen for and vigorously support the underperforming or mediocre SD mantra's.... "Well rounded gets your child into college not necessarily well educated." Those SD's priorities are Athletics, Activities , Arts and academics.- Each and every year SD''s throw HUNDREDs of thousand of dollars to HS sports alone sometimes over a MILLION!! . Yet they have over crowding on the elementary school levels, they have cut Art and music programs, reading programs and have eliminated student services, replaced teachers with unqualified Aides and eliminated course offerings. YET Each YR School districts INCREASE their Athletic budgets and DECREASE Academics. MANY SD's athletic budgets EXCEED a million dollars on the HS level alone. The number of lovely multi million dollar turf fields is growing yet MANY SD still have asbestos in their schools and their IT infrastructures are pathetic. YET no one complains or votes a budget down because it will "effect the kids" HOW they are spending and prioritize our tax dollars IS effecting the kids NOW........ but many just buy into the SD;s threats ...
Concerned mother of 3 April 24, 2014 at 09:34 am
The national list is comprised of all charter and private schools. I can't pay 17,000 per year perRead More child. Sorry. I think they are doing great in our PS system. My husband went to public school from grade school through college while many of his coworkers went to fancy boarding schools. That might have been a savings for their parents. My brother went to a very expensive private boys high school and has nothing to show for it. I went to a huge public high school and have a masters degree and no student loans. Where you go to high school (or college for that matter) doesn't really impact anything unless you are trying for a political office later in life.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:45 am
communist core=Obamas whore
Pat Richards April 24, 2014 at 07:04 am
@monkey Lewis, It's not communist, it's fascist. The state and business working together. FascistRead More Mussolini called it corporatism.
DebinRye April 24, 2014 at 08:13 am
Hmmm . . . I keep hearing paranoia from left and right, but how are we to truly evaluate theRead More education we are paying for? Like so many issues that confront us today, there is no light; only heat. No method will be perfect. And, no disrespect intended, but I'm not sure parents are best situated to evaluate the efficacy of their children's education. After all, most were products of the very system we so desperately need to improve. We need SOME objective measure. Any ideas?
Billy Joel applauded and smiled during at the “The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute Concert” in Glen Cove. Credit: Glen Cove School District
loving lindy April 11, 2014 at 03:38 pm
I have not been on the Patch in some time and see this nice story about Billy Joel and of courseRead More there is a negative comment by "Get Off My Lawn." Why can't you just say nothing. Why need to comment. This is why no one reads the Patch anymore. Everyone gets so tired of the toxic people. I agree with Carol H. Enough already. Nicely done Billy! Now I am officially done with this on-line news thread. So please Get Off My Lawn, educate us all how "you are entitled to your opinion." No one cares!
teena April 11, 2014 at 07:05 pm
so sick of hearing everyone blaming the parents. the show ended, the parents were all leaving (toRead More get back to work!) and billy joel was sitting right by the exit. all the parents had to pass him. the 'mob' that bothered him for autographs was teachers who brought out their soloist along with their parents. he left because half the auditorium was leaving!
Gabe Gonsalves April 14, 2014 at 10:34 am
Billy Joel is a class act.......I know him from my younger days. The man is true to his roots.
The Nassau County Science Competition is set for June 8. Credit: Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Christopher Wendt April 10, 2014 at 07:32 am
Very strange that the names of the officers of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (an IRSRead More 501C3 organization in RVC) cannot be found anywhere. CSTL is running this competition. WHO ARE THEY? Let me know if anyone finds out. ----------------------------------------------------------------- My other question is, what does Nassau County have to do with education? The answer is, actually, nothing. Nor should they.
Cosmo April 10, 2014 at 08:48 am
It is another opportunity to put Mangano's name on something that he has nothing to do with.
Frank T April 10, 2014 at 09:11 am
An historic building was just demolished at Old Bethpage Restoration. Thank you Ed Mangano!
Photo: @EARizzo57 Twitter
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm
Liz, my point is a reality about home values. Not a stretch as you suggest. I know a principal whoRead More invited local realtors in for open houses to demonstrate how well the school was doing to offset the negative publicity portrayed by media. I saw firsthand parents who relocated to another school based on test scores. Parents don't trust realtors, they look on Greatschools.com and see a test score. Newspapers and news outlets report test scores, they don't take the time to break down why they schools score low let alone why they score high. Most parents won't spend the time to interview or do a walkthrough for a public school before attending.
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Liz, not to beat a dead horse, do your own research about test scores and home values. I think youRead More will be convinced.
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Disgusted, you are talking about teacher union leadership. IMO Tenure and teacher unions are killingRead More the quality of American education. Be accountable or get out of the profession.
Lorraine DeVita April 6, 2014 at 01:40 pm
And it was BECASUE of the warm fuzzy teacher that we spent hundreds of dollars monthly for tutors.Read More I would send her a belated bill if she is still around..
yeahitzme April 6, 2014 at 02:18 pm
We all agree what a vital impact teachers have on their students and all of our children...whoRead More surely are the future of society. We all want what is best for all and there is no one exact road or method to get there...adapting and being flexible depending on any situation is a skill that that garners best results...finding what works and building upon that will most likely have positive results. And yes...mushy is definately not the desired method of instruction and yes...those tutoring bills can add up quite fast with the going rate...Unfortunately...my child had one of those no nonsense teachers and that was the subject I was paying those tutors for...A child that shuts down...can't learn...that approach did not work for them. I am sure there is a comfortable middle ground where both firm and supportive instruction can coexist successfully for both teacher and student. I think it comes down to a respect from and for the teacher! We all know it only takes a short moment to tear something down that may have taken years to build up....Teaching is not easy in any regard...but the rewards are great...as Marion accidentally found out on Facebook when feedback from long past students confirmed...she had gotten things "right" in her instruction along the way... Great effort from all involved is required to achieve success in most cases..albeit that natural prodigy genius that is very rare to come by! May we ALL be successful...and joyful...whichever road we choose!
Lorraine DeVita April 6, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Excellent points! Going too far in either direction has consequences...mostly negative. RespectRead More to me must be earned or at the very least in some cases retained , title or position, alphabet soup before or after a name , does not automatically grant respect. The PERSON earns the respect ...... ie- .the OFFICE of the president deserves respect despite WHO is sitting in the chair, the Person who is IN the job needs to earn the respect OF the title.
New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King fielded angry questions and comments at a Common Core forum on Long Island in 2013.
Commack Resident March 21, 2014 at 11:02 am
My son is a top student in 4th grade. He easily passed the new Common Core State ELA and Math testsRead More last year. This year, he is NOT taking them. I have no doubt he would "pass" again, but, really, is there any real value to passing a meaningless test? He consistently earns top scores on all classroom exams. He reads at an 8th grade level. He has nothing to prove, and I will not allow my 9 year old child to sit through more than 12 hours of tests to prove what we already know...he can read, write and do math at, at least, a 4th grade level. It is not kids like my son that I am concerned about. Other children are the ones hurt most by these tests. Like the little boy we know, who is one of the best math students in his grade, yet gets pulled from the classroom to attend mandatory remedial math instruction because of poor performance on last year's state tests. No one- not his parents, his teacher, or the remedial instructor-thinks this boy needs remedial instruction. Yet, it is mandatory because of a poorly written, ambiguous exam, that failed to test the concepts that the children were taught in the classroom. Many, many students are in similar situations. I am not against standardized tests in general. I allowed my son to take them last year and he performed well. Now that I realize how utterly meaningless the state tests are in their current form, and also just how many hours these poor little children are forced to sit through to take them, I am vehemently opposed to them. We have notified the school, in advance, of our decision to refuse the tests this year. I urge all parents to do the same. We will continue to refuse the tests every year, until the subject matter being tested actually has a real relationship to what the kids are being taught in the classroom, and until the 12 hour-long evaluation is reduced to a more reasonable length, one that 8 and 9 year olds can actually be expected to sit still and concentrate for.
Aidan April 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/17/how-common-core-standards-kill-creative-teaching
Case closed April 23, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Parents are being told to attend tutoring for common core so they may help their children. If theRead More wheel ain't broke Stop trying to fix it. Case closed
Protesters stand outside of the News 12 studio in Woodbury on Monday to demand Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fix or scrap the controversial new Common Core curriculum. Credit: Monica Gleberman
Aidan April 13, 2014 at 05:56 am
Just trying to educate you … over and over again.
David April 13, 2014 at 02:18 pm
@Elsie I'll grant that it's a hard question for second grade. Students can show divisibility byRead More showing 12 being split into 4 equal parts, and again into 6 equal parts, with a diagram, but I think few second graders would get this right. Any second grader who gets this right is showing unusual mathematical talent, or at least unusual advancement in meeting common core standards. Don't we want to allow such unusual talent to be recognized? Especially in elementary grades these days, there seems so little opportunity for it these days.
Elsie April 18, 2014 at 04:23 pm
@David -- Talent should be recognized by differentiating instruction. Those 2nd graders who can doRead More this should, those who can't should be taught at a level that is more developmentally appropriate for them. There is very little room for enriching those students who should be or helping those students who need it using the Engage NY Modules. I am not a teacher but I have looked at the NY modules and the CC standards. I believe that teachers can address CC standards without the developmental inappropriateness of the NY requirements.
Gene February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm
I'd prefer $21 dollars a student, sounds better to me.
syossset princess February 11, 2014 at 03:14 pm
Hasn't Michael Cohen been on the board for awhile? Wasn't he Hankin's flunky? I am guessing thatRead More Cohen and the rest of the Board will up this guy's salary to $500k+ by 2016 (if not sooner)
Linda T February 12, 2014 at 05:31 pm
Dr. Rodgers appears to be a well qualified individual. Good luck to him.
Phil E. January 20, 2014 at 05:22 pm
Warren andc Mike - hang in there. With staggered terms and other gimmiktry, its almost impossible toRead More get a majority. Actually better to be off the board and speak out instead of being in a straight jacket. How about asking th boe to commit to one vote..take it or leave it. ,,,save 2nd polling, mailing, and printing expense., etc.
Phil E. January 20, 2014 at 06:18 pm
Some trivia: With my kids attending the GC schools, I remeber the entire BOE (5) smoking throughRead More the entire meetings. Also the BOE ordereing the arrest of a resident for speaking out..put in cuffs and talen away. Charges were dropped and he elected to the board later on.. Glen Cove, LOng Beach and the rest of small city SDs were not allowed to vote on the school budget. Only after the guy that was arrested along with then Mayor Tom Suozzi headed by bus to Albany did this change. Suozzi made a special presentation to the arrestee for making this all possible at an official city council meeting. Amazing what just a couple of outspoken residents like we have now, can be accomplished,
Rick Smith February 11, 2014 at 02:08 pm
To Warren Haynes and anyone else who thinks negatively about Kevin Wurtz: you are dead wrong. KevinRead More was the best and brightest we ever had in that position. Unfortunately, he had to take orders from 3 incredibly defective and totally useless Superintendents: Freeley, Aronstein and Laria. They and the easily swayed school board made all the decisions, which were left for Kevin to carry out. If you want to see what we are in for, just notice that they all permitted the Connolly School to run out of oil! Kevin's replacement knows nothing about that, which is part of her job. The fools on the school board, following Laria's and Sunshine's directive even after they were gone bear the responsibility for the oil fiasco and whatever follows.
Lily is seen here with the book, being congratulated by Mr. Monteleone and Connolly School Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky. Credit: Glen Cove Schools
TJ Eckleburg January 12, 2014 at 04:27 pm
Congratulations, Lily.
Frank January 12, 2014 at 05:54 pm
Very good! Congratulations!!!
BeachGal January 13, 2014 at 05:25 am
Congratulations to Lily and her teacher!
Gene January 10, 2014 at 07:10 am
If you look at the list of schools there appears to be a socioeconomic consistency to this. WeRead More should not want the school district to say "We will fix this problem just give us more money". The parents of these children need to ensure they exercise on a regular basis and eat appropriate foods. And by the way exercise is free so I don't want to hear its a financial issue.
Student January 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm
FYI one of the elementary schools is getting a salad bar and the High School isn't.
Tom Terrific January 11, 2014 at 09:55 am
Yeah, and that salad bar will probably be placed right in the teachers' lounge. The students willRead More get a Krispy Kreme donut stand and 5-gallon Big Gulps.