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Andrew Wiggin March 31, 2014 at 08:21 pm
I was talking about Paula Abdul, she and Watchman were flygirls on in living color. I was a big fan.Read More
John Menuis March 31, 2014 at 10:24 pm
This country is full of young idiots.
kconterio April 3, 2014 at 04:42 pm
I did not mean to Recommend John Menuis, is there a way to un-recommend?
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Dan Gaita March 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm
This is a great idea and I appreciate the opportunity to weigh in. Who wants to place bets on howRead More many people (once a Superintendent is hired) complain that the hiring process was hidden, secret, and done behind closed doors?
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JudithAnn March 16, 2014 at 09:41 am
I would love to know just what us being taught to journalists today. Do they cover things likeRead More "Biased reporting 101" or "Never Insert yourself or your personal views into your reporting" or make sure you verify both sides of an issue with at least 3 credible sources?" Or most important : you are the advocats of The People first and always seek the truth whether or not it's what you the reporter wants to believe or your editor wants you to write. Just curious.
Kate Farrish March 17, 2014 at 08:40 am
I teach journalism at UConn and at these workshops for high school students. I can tell you that myRead More students are taught to leave themselves and their opinions out of stories, to generally verify information with at least two credible sources, to interview people on all sides of an issue and that their aim is to serve the public. Thank you for your interest.
Tom March 18, 2014 at 05:26 pm
Maybe they could tackle the subject of whether it is ethical and legal to have gender-specificRead More programs that exclude one sex for another in publicly funded schools which are geared toward cariculum in the sciences. Nothing like picking and choosing winners and violating civil rights at the same time..
Rob W March 15, 2014 at 06:46 pm
Jane, do we know for certain that Dr. Cosentino is willing and able to return? I agree that she'd beRead More a wonderful choice, but I disagree that the town doing its due diligence is - in any way - a waste of taxpayer money. Such major decision should be made without being fully informed or following a process.
Rob W March 15, 2014 at 06:47 pm
"should not be made" that is.
Laura Wilkens March 17, 2014 at 11:57 am
I totally agree that we need to approach Pat Cosentino to be our next Superintendent. I just sawRead More her recently and she confirmed she would discuss if approached. SHE IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR OUR TOWN!!!!!
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Linda C March 27, 2014 at 11:16 am
James you have just proved my point. Of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers, just as anyRead More statement doesn't always apply to ALL! However I am stating FACTS and it does apply to more than it should; but just the mentioning of a Fact has you feeling uncomfortable. Ergo that is exactly why the problems will never be addressed; because the mere mention of it makes you feel guilty, uncomfortable and or insecure about discussing it! And the so Called Community Leaders are counting on just that!
James Bond April 10, 2014 at 10:42 am
Linda, Sorry to react to your post so late,I was away( not prison ). I reacted to what you saidRead More earlier about unwed mothers. To which you had no disclaimer because it said unwed mothers only. Now you say," of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers".To me you're the one sounding like you want it both ways and that sounds more like our fumbling politicans,than my post. That said, I do understand where you're coming from and posts are not the easiest way to state it sometimes.Your attack on how I feel is unwarrented just because I pointed out a flaw in your post. Sorry about that hope to hear from you soon.
Linda C April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm
James glad you found your way home lol. I truly wasn't trying to attack your comment, merely tryingRead More to clear up the confusion on my earlier posting. In a nut shell James, we are (as tax payers) being forced to pay for whatever little program pops in their heads. Unfortunately the ones already in place aren't cancelled, it's just a process of adding more and more programs that have been proven not to work, as well as picking up the pieces of those who aren't doing their jobs. I'm all for helping, but lets find out what works, along with squashing those that don't - not double programs only to find out none work!! Enjoy whatever up and coming holiday you chose to celebrate. Not sure about you, but I'm not finding this new improved Patch as stimulating as when it was more focused on our individual town issues, so haven't been on much either!
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Bill Hillman March 4, 2014 at 08:42 am
Are the students the roller-coaster, or are the tests inconsistent?
David Drazul March 4, 2014 at 09:24 am
Kind of matches my son's performance. He did well at Rockwell, floundered a bit at Johnson, and isRead More now performing well at BMS.
Paula Antolini March 4, 2014 at 11:53 am
Interesting that Bethel Middle School is "excelling" and then Bethel High School isRead More "transitioning".... Why is that???????
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David Drazul February 24, 2014 at 10:46 am
For the mere fact that roughly 1/3 of those schools were "notable performers" shows thatRead More there's a way to efficiently spend that money to maximize student performance. I checked the three districts at the bottom of the spending list and they all scored well (4 stars). Some effort should be made to find a common factor(s) that explains it and hopefully see if it can be applied to other districts. On the flip side, we should see how the districts that spend the most money perform. This list went from $11,234 to $12,440. I'm curious to find out what their spending rates are. Btw, thanks for the link.
efiddes February 24, 2014 at 07:18 pm
Parent involvement is never mentioned or factored in. The greater the parent involvement in, andRead More commitment to, their child's education, the more likely even an underfunded school will do well. Also remember that the people who make the choices about where the money is cut, are not the ones whose jobs are eliminated. First they cut materials and supplies, and then programs, and then aides and teachers. You rarely see a loss of an administrator position. Socio-economic status and second language learners can have a big impact on test scores, which is actually what you are talking about when you are comparing school districts. Lot more to school and learning and student success than a score on one questionable test.
Rob W February 24, 2014 at 07:41 pm
Indeed. There are so many variables (and potential correlations) that it's pretty near impossible toRead More draw any conclusions about causation.
State Rep. Larry Cafero, a Norwalk Republican and Minority Leader in the state House of Representatives, says he wants a public hearing on Common Core education standards. (Photo from Cafero's official statehouse website)
Danielle Bolliger April 1, 2014 at 09:14 am
I also came across this yesterday. There are 3 videos. The third one is a very concerned parentRead More from Arkansas. I hope more parents stand up to get rid of Common Core. http://patriotaction.net/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%3ATopic%3A6635270&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
How about actually going to the Common Core website to find out what the CC Standards are? ThatRead More parent in Arkansas is an idiot. She's complaining about the Singapore math curriculum--it has nothing to do with the implementation of Common Core. Common Core does not specify the use of any of the techniques, procedures, methods or formulas that people like the Arkansas mother are complaining about.
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
Please read the standards: http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/
Dan Gaita January 7, 2014 at 03:21 pm
It would be greatly appreciated if they were to post the video of the forum online, afterwards.
Dan Carter January 8, 2014 at 01:27 pm
As usual, the Bethel Board of Ed is on top of it! Below is the link to the live streaming feed forRead More this evening. http://devos2.bethel.k12.ct.us/show/watch?id=89e8a9c&t=2&dv=true Below is the link to the Video on Demand that can be used after the program. http://dv2.discovervideo.com/play/vod/?lo=104
Dan Gaita January 8, 2014 at 01:46 pm
Excellent and thank you!
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Cory Intexity December 10, 2013 at 09:10 am
I am curious if this discussion will actually take the current trend in drug use among teensRead More (prescription drug use is the number one illicit substance used and abused by teens today, read your info closely) and approach it head on, or is this yet ANOTHER attempt to take the current events in marijuana law reform and turn it into a modern day reefer madness.
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MAC December 9, 2013 at 01:23 am
Catherine, you really should watch/read some of the REAL information about the lowered standards,Read More instead of being a naive cheerleader for Common Core!................................................. Parents are being kicked out of meetings/arrested by security for simply asking questions about CC!! And students and teachers are suffering no end of ANGST over the testing, which has millions of American parents up in arms over this 'top-down' corporate & FEDERAL takeover of what should be done by local school boards, with State supervision!............................................................ Here are a couple of great sources of the disturbing info about CC, especially the required "'data collection,' which has some real privacy issues. Collecting personalized information on both behavioral and academic criteria on our children and making that data available to federal, state and outside contractors is a serious breach of expectations of privacy and the law."........................... http://www.concordmonitor.com/opinion/columns/8631255-95/my-turn-five-reasons-to-oppose-the-common-core................. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXf91AGW2QA “Common Core Standards - Fact and Fiction” presented by Jo Pullmann