Our New York State Pension Compares Very Favorably To Other State Pensions. - Despite the news media occasionally writing articles on how our generous benefits will bankrupt the NYS pension system, the sky i...
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I left behind the first full week of school yesterday at 3:30. Mad Labor Day weekend traffic meant that it took an hour to get home.
Anne and I loaded the Mini. We got Ulysses in the back seat. A stop at Starbucks on Armitage for a couple of coffees to go.
By 7:30 PM we were pulling up to the cottage in Lakeside, Michigan. That’s an hour longer than usual. But no sweat.
Anne and I sat on the screened porch with some crackers and cheese. The Rule: No Campari after Labor Day. So, a glass of Campari and soda. Then a refill. I could feel the week slide away.
POSTED: 5:55 pm PDT August 25, 2010
UPDATED: 6:13 pm PDT August 25, 2010
Undaunted by the harsh criticism of a state review board, an Elmira attorney said he'll apply for a fifth time to establish a charter school in or around the city.
"We're not quitting," Allan Charlap said. "Elmira needs a charter school."
But Charlap and his group have yet to convince the Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York. In fact, after he declined to withdraw his fourth application following an interview with reviewers in July, the Institute's executive director wrote him a scathing letter explaining some of the concerns about the proposal.
The application "continues to fall well below SUNY's rigorous standards for approval," wrote Jonas Chartock.
THERE’S NOT going to be a lot of money around during the next few years to pay for serious changes — such as a longer school day — in Boston’s teacher contract. Instead, someone is going to have to extract school improvements on the cheap out of the Boston Teachers Union.
Fortunately, a lot of people are lining up to do just that. During the last week, dozens of foundations and community groups in two coalitions have demonstrated their support for school administration proposals that are subject to collective bargaining. They include longer school days, stricter teacher evaluations, and greater management flexibility on classroom schedules and teacher placements. Basically, many Bostonians want the city’s 135 district schools to operate pretty much along the lines of the city’s 14 charter schools.
It would be nice if the school reformers could speak with one voice on behalf of the city’s students. But then this wouldn’t be Boston. Instead, two major
The MCAS is different from most other state tests. It is a high-stakes test for all students; its being a graduation requirement underscores the seriousness of purpose, and its being for all students meant that we would not allow a good system for some and a less good system for others. After all, that is what we had before 1993.
Success on the MCAS test correlates very well with success on national and international assessments. The better you do on MCAS, the better you are likely to do in college and in
Public sector employees have unfairly become the focal point in an economic catastrophe not of their making. Even "Saturday Night Live" skewered public employees for a cheap laugh. But, while fans of late night television may chuckle, it's no joke that in California, the public sector is under a magnifying glass that ignores the big picture. But as Labor Day approaches, it is important to remember the important role that public sector employees play.
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