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eatingdogfood April 23, 2014 at 10:01 am
Ditto. And bust up the teachers unions.
Nicholas Vernola April 23, 2014 at 10:18 am
Other states are so far ahead of NY in education, but the propaganda of the teachers union, alongRead More with NY Slanted statistics make us pay more and get less
Eugene Falik April 23, 2014 at 10:38 am
It is truly shocking to see the "know nothing" nonsense displayed here. This article justRead More seems like an excuse for every nut to rattle about his/her own pet peeves. And what is more amazing to me, is that those who seem to take the most "conservative" or right-wing positions are most exercised about one of the most blatant atempts at intruding on students' personal liberty that we have seen in a good many years. For those who don't know what it was, inBloom would have put students' most personal information out on the Internet for any hacker, or corporate data miner to see.
Photo courtesy of Stony Brook University
brookhavenconfucius April 20, 2014 at 11:15 am
I would like to eliminate some misperceptions that are circulating about the University and shareRead More with you the actions taken by the University to help break this cycle of improper housing practices. CONCERN: There is a perception in the community that the University has tripled in size in recent years, and that there are not enough beds on campus to house all the students wanting rooms. FACT: This is simply not true. The number of available on campus beds has kept pace with the increase of students. Over the past ten years, we have increased enrollment in the area of 200 students per year. Over the next five years, enrollment is projected to increase by about 163 students per year. Over the course of this same time period, we have increased and will continue to increase on-campus housing by an average of 217 beds per year. These are verifiable numbers that show student enrollment has grown at a very modest and planned pace and that on-campus housing has increased accordingly. http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/community_relations/docs/oc_housing_letter_10-13.pdf
Lee Krauer April 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm
If these statistics are correct why are your PR folks making public statements to the contrary? IRead More was present and spoke at a Brookhaven Town Board meeting when the SBU folks indicated there was a large shortage of on campus housing. Your students tell us there are many two bed rooms that are assigned to three students and there are some instances of non students staying n the dorm rooms . You need to work with the community, as Dr. Marburger did, to work out these issues. The residents of Stony Brook are not a part of the university the university is part of us. Our taxes keep all state schools open and we deserve to be treated as your benefactors, which in fact we are .
prof mom April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
Wait. Flanagan gave them $100,000 towards these fields? That our community used to rent and lostRead More them to the University?? shame on you Flanagan. Enjoy your term. You are such a disapppointment.
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.
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.
Kwasi Enin has a tough choice to make. (Photo courtesy of the William Floyd School District)
Mrs. Sea April 6, 2014 at 09:12 am
I always have a hard time understanding why contributors to sites like this one cannot read a happy,Read More joyful, success story and not make bitter, negative and political comments. Can't you just be happy for this boy who worked hard all his life to get to this point? His self-motivation, brains, family, family history, school, community and perhaps church all contributed to his success. Be happy for and proud of Kwasi.
Scooter Libby April 6, 2014 at 09:25 am
@sea It is a wonderful story. But a major part of the story is Kwasi's race. As I stated before ifRead More all things were the same except his skin color there would be no story. Kwasii is not even the #1 ranked student at his school-there are ten ranked higher. Maybe they didn't get good SAT scores, didn't apply to these schools or did and we're not accepted. All I'm saying is that his skin color was a factor to his success.
CHRIS April 6, 2014 at 01:25 pm
Mrs Sea that would be boring. It's much more fun to dive into the story and pick it apart. It'sRead More about asking questions and finding out what your fellow Americans are thinking. Would you rather all of us blindly read a story and accept it as it is written?
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.
NYCLU LHV March 19, 2014 at 03:44 pm
We will be holding a free public forum on our students' right to learn. Among the topics to beRead More discussed will be about the Common Core. Please join us at the Greenburgh Public Library on March 25 at 6:30 PM. Thank you, lowerhudsonvalley@nyclu.org
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
H.LYNCH February 19, 2014 at 11:11 am
do u post adelphi
Ryan Bonner (Editor) February 19, 2014 at 11:15 am
We don't get the names from Adelphi, but feel free to post any recognitions on our Boards here:Read More http://patchogue.patch.com/boards
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.
Teresa Baldinucci February 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Oh Patchogue Snoop, stop ragging on the teachers. The schools were closed for the safety of theRead More children. Traveling during the storm yesterday was treacherous. The teachers will be making up the days with the children on safer-travel days.
John Bogack February 5, 2014 at 07:10 am
Thanks Teresa for reminding us all: in every age and every society adults have sought to protectRead More children from the cold so they do not get sick when it is too cold to be out. And to protect them in our modern age when traveling on a bus to get to school so they do not get hurt in an accident. Just common sense.
Patchogue Snoop February 6, 2014 at 05:20 pm
They should have to report to work like the rest of the world. I'm sure there are things to be done.Read More Oh, the drama. Ever live upstate??? They deal with feet of snow, the kids manage. Sniff sniff. LOL
Patchogue Snoop January 31, 2014 at 06:50 am
Are you a teach Ms Baldinucci?
Teresa Baldinucci January 31, 2014 at 09:32 am
No, Patchogue Snoop, I am a concerned and very aware parent and tax-payer in the Pat-Med schoolRead More district. Common Core is NOT a new program and has been in the works in New York State for the past 4 years. Parents have seen the changes in the elementary and middle school levels but could not name what was going on other than this incredible and constant pressure being put on the children about the state exams and the change in classroom where it became "teaching to the test". Only last spring was it finally named when the NYSED Commissioner John King came out and said that the children would do poorly on the state exams that year because they were "Common Core" aligned, and the children were not up to speed in that program of coursework. Now we had a name for what was happening - and the curriculum is only part of the problem! It sets children up for failure. It sets teachers up for failure. It sets schools (especially in integrated and low-income communities) up for failure. This is all an out-flow of the federal Race to the Top program. The whole process is a train flying along at high speed and headed for a wreck! We parents are working hard to put a stop to it by pushing back locally and in Albany. We WILL stop this debacle of education de-form in New York State!
Teresa Baldinucci February 25, 2014 at 01:18 pm
Join Patchogue-Medford Parents Against Common Core (P-M PACC) and Parents as Partners (PAP) for aRead More forum on Common Core in Patchogue on March 10 at 7PM at Patchogue Church of the Nazarene, 2 Nazarene Way, Patchogue, New York 11772. Our speakers will be: * Mary Calamia, LCSW * Craig Charvat, High School Teacher and Pat-Med Alumnus * Doug Smith - Constituent Services Director for Assemblyman Al Graf *Teresa Baldinucci-Greenberg, Pat-Med Parent and Founder of P-M PACC Come learn about what's happening regarding Common Core in NYS Legislation, Education, and our Communities. Find out about how to refuse the New York State Tests in April and May and why it's so important to your child to do so. This issue affects everyone - including property owners without school-aged children. Now is the time to educate yourself about what's happening in your community. Please join us and bring a friend! Questions? Contact Patchogue-Medford Parents Against Common Core at PatMedPACC@gmail.com
Patchogue Snoop January 22, 2014 at 09:53 am
In the tank for the teacher unions. No sense exposing the poor education NYS students are receivingRead More for the highest school tax rates in the country. Teachers are sleeping in today! While you risk your life going to work to keep your job. Don't worry I know you just had your two weeks off for the holidays, another spring break is just around the corner...then 2.5 months off for the summer, yipee!! This is perhaps the most glaring example of the damage public sector unions can do.
Archie Bunker January 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm
It's an epidemic throughout the entire country. But at the end of the day, each of us areRead More responsible for what we put in our mouth's or our children's mouths.
Get Off My Lawn January 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Too much government cheese!!!
Get Off My Lawn January 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm
I'm sure Obama's new "War on Poverty" will fix things. Like everything else he'sRead More accomplished. More learned helplessness and reliance on government.
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) January 6, 2014 at 07:18 pm
Likely the impending weather. Sachem is also on two-hour delay and they cited that reason.
the baby January 7, 2014 at 08:28 am
c'mon. Too cold for school? My Mom would have had us at that bus stop no matter what.
Patchogue Snoop January 8, 2014 at 07:57 am
Yup, or made us walk five miles to school!!! LOL Sleep in teachers, you can be late too!!
Teresa Baldinucci January 6, 2014 at 01:16 pm
Oh, I'll be there!! It's time for our Governor to do something about this debacle of educationRead More "reform" - it's more like "deform". This is the corporate and federal takeover or our schools, our teachers, and our children. It's time to stop it!! I hope to see many of our Patchogue-Medford parents at today's rally. We will STOP COMMON CORE. Join us on Facebook: Patchogue-Medford Parents Against Common Core https://www.facebook.com/groups/PatchogueMedfordParentsAgainstCommonCore/
Teresa Baldinucci January 7, 2014 at 10:50 am
Patchogue-Medford School District administration building.
Patchogue Snoop January 3, 2014 at 06:31 am
As you risk your life trying to get to work, our highly paid teaching staff will be home drinkingRead More hot cocoa and getting paid to do so. Nice isn't it!! All on your dime.
(L-R) Mrs. Shea, gym teacher; Paula Cortezano; Benjamin Underwood; Mrs. Dolan, Gym teacher; Tom Combs, athletic director. Photo sent to Patch by Dina Underwood.
Robert V. Rose, M.D. (retired) December 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm
Education reform is the most important issue in our country. Marilyn Adams, in "ABC FoundationsRead More For Young Children", reports that most American kids finishing first-grade still can't name and write all of the aphabet letters. Teachers unions oppose her message, so she asked me to write an amazon review. It's at: http://www.amazon.com/ABC-Foundations-Young-Children-Curriculum/product-reviews/159857275X/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1