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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..
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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!
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/
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Nikii Walker February 12, 2014 at 09:09 pm
Kidznstyle will be closed due to the storm as well. We are available via email.Read More Support@kidznstyle.com. You may also order online at www.kidznstyle.com. Stay safe and warm!
Charlene Tappan February 12, 2014 at 09:49 pm
Manchester Community College and MCC on Main will be closed Thursday. Stay safe!
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RUTH ANN DUNPHY February 4, 2014 at 02:22 pm
Does this cover the cost of school secretaries working on snow days and during summer vacation?Read More What will they be doing during these hours when the rest of the school is not in session? Why haven't we seen more of this in the newspapers?
An artist rendering of the proposed fifth/sixth grade academy that would combine Bennet Academy and the Cheney Building. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Town of Manchester.
tina bourke February 24, 2014 at 08:34 am
I learned that the governor has been very generous in funding education for cities and towns whichRead More we benefit from.
Dean February 24, 2014 at 05:48 pm
Tina, you are right, he has been giving more for education, but he has earmarked the money for newRead More programs only, mainly to pay for corporate reform backed common core and computerized testing. Towns can not use the new funds to fill current obligations or budget holes leading to cuts and other town services like police, fire, and parks and rec along with the towns being forced to raise taxes. Not sure how this benefits kids or taxpayers.
James Bond March 19, 2014 at 09:40 am
Corporate backed tests,will result in those corporations using those results to hire in theRead More future.That's why they're involved.The tests themselves does nothing for the students learning process. The proof of it lies in the fact that they do not affect a students promotion or graduation.This begs the question what do these tests affect? I feel it only affects the amount of money a town receives,with no designation where the money is spent.Thus there are no requirements that it be spent on student based programs.Common Core should be titled what it is,'Where the Money Goes'.
An artist rendering of the proposed fifth/sixth grade academy that would combine Bennet Academy and the Cheney Building. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Town of Manchester
Greg December 11, 2013 at 10:26 am
Once again, thank you Mr. Leon for being the voice of reason. The BOE is letting the SMARTRRead More Committee do their work rather than only doing what they were charged with. Let the committee determine what needs to be done to bring the buildings up to date and let the BOE decide what to do with the information. The SMARTR group is trying to control policy and I am surprised their leader Mr. Crocket , a BOE member is leading them in this direction. As for the acting superintendents comment regarding a decision on which schools might be closed not available until February, OK no final decision regarding a referendum until after the decision is made in February. NO VOTES UNTIL EVERYTHING IS KNOWN. STILL WAITING TO HEAR FROM OUR SOON TO BE SUPERINTENDENT (CURRENT PRINCIPAL OF MHS) ON HIS OPINION OF ALL THIS THAT HE WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH. He could be showing his leadership abilities to ensure he gets more than just BOE support when he takes over.
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Dean December 9, 2013 at 06:11 am
The Common Core is supposed to make things more challenging or rigorous for kids in order for themRead More to score better against other countries on international tests. If kids were struggling with the old curriculums, why do people believe making things more challenging and doing things like switching from fiction to non-fiction will make things better? The reasons that there is an achievement gap and American students lag behind other countries in tests are 1. Many American students are coming from homes where education is not valued and students are well behind their peers when they reach kindergarten 2. Large percentage of students are coming from homes where English is not spoken putting them behind their peers when they start 3. American kids are over diagnosed and over drugged with ADHD medicine. I guess young have trouble settling down in school when you take away recess and drugging them and telling them they have a sickness is the best alternative. How about instead of making things harder and testing more to "measure up" with other countries, we take the money and offer extra supports or pre-school to kids who start well behind their peers.
MAC December 9, 2013 at 03:19 pm
…”A Congressionally-mandated study on the impact of the 2002-2003 Head Start programRead More was submitted to Congress on January 13, 2010.  The study measured the cognitive and social/emotional development, health status and behavior of approximately five thousand 3 and 4 year olds who were randomly assigned to either a control group or a group that had access to a Head Start program.”… “The study showed that at the end of one program year, access to Head Start positively influenced children’s school readiness.  When measured again at the end of kindergarten and first grade, however, the Head Start children and the control group children were at the same level on many of the measures studied.”…......... http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/01/20100113a.html.... The basic problem is that children from single parent homes, especially fatherless, and with poorly educated mothers, are always going to be at a disadvantage! And sadly, no amount of huge $$$ of Taxpayer funds can ever make up the difference!...... What we are in dire need of is for government to STOP incentivizing young girls and single women to have babies and go on Welfare, making government, and US taxpaying citizens the DADDIES/providers!!!.............................................................. Other than your last sentence, Dean, I agree with everything in your thoughtful post. Thanks for posting!
Kim Pedneault December 11, 2013 at 03:14 pm
I don't think these Head Start/Prek children would have "caught up" if they had not beenRead More prepared for the Kindergarten and First Grade curriculums by the instruction and school readiness skills they learned while in the Head Start classroom. If they did not learn skills in Head Start they would be learning them in K instead of the weighty curriculum they need to be learning. We are asking more and more from young children!
An artist rendering of the proposed fifth/sixth grade academy that would combine Bennet Academy and the Cheney Building. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Town of Manchester
downtoearth December 7, 2013 at 03:25 pm
Manchester children already get the best quality of education. Teachers don't teach for the money,Read More they truly care about the students. Many teachers spend hundreds of dollars a year out of their own pockets to enhance their students' learning opportunities. Student achievement is directly proportional to their caregivers' (notice I don't say parents) attitude toward education. Many children are late for school everyday. Many children enter kindergarten not knowing their abc's or how to hold a pair of scissors. Many children don't do assigned homework. Caregivers don't look in the child's backpack for important notices from the teacher or the school. Many children have no respect for authority. They talk back, have meltdowns, and have very little self control. So you can change the building and shuffle the kids around but student achievement won't improve any time soon. So sad. If I had young children they would be in private school.
alexandra stoddman December 7, 2013 at 04:07 pm
I have a hard time supporting SMARTR recommendations. I don't understand why town leaders believeRead More the community will support this plan. History has shown that big bonding packages don't fly no matter how you try to break it down or explain it. I hope leaders are independent enough to reject the suggestion made that they all need to support this plan or every building will fall apart and need to close. Incremental progress and proper planning will get the job done here! I'm also unclear about which board is running the show on all of this - SMARTR, BOE, BOD? The lines are blurred. Also, would like to hear the opinion and recommendation of the new super. since he will live in town. I don't think it is fair that the interim super. continue to oversee this project as a consultant with little skin in the game.
strucfire December 8, 2013 at 08:30 am
James Deere Im so sick and tired of the manchester board of Ed. Once again they are trying to jam aRead More bad idea down our throats. How much more can you raise our taxes for school improvements. I've had enough, 20 years ago you saw this coming I did. Our schools need repairs and you should have repaired them years ago. Instead you let them go to hell, and then ask the tax payers to foot the hugh bill . Think about putting money a side every year for repairs till then. NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!
An artist rendering of the proposed fifth/sixth grade academy that would combine Bennet Academy and the Cheney Building. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Town of Manchester
Greg December 4, 2013 at 02:52 pm
I am happy to see folks are talking about a need for more specific details and input into such aRead More huge project that will impact so many Manchester citizens from K-12 and all tax payers. The time for the BOE to just release a proposal with NO accountability built into it should be OVER. You build schools and staff schools to ensure the highest level of teaching and learning and that is what the BOE seems to leave out of any facility discussion. We have had years of good intentions with little or no tangible improvement in student outcomes. It is time to demand a clear and concise explanation of how each proposal will work toward improved student outcomes. If the BOE decides to close Waddell how will that improve student outcomes across the district? We need to be concerned about racial balance however, that has been an issue for longer than I can remember. We need to think about State Reimbursement but that too should not be the single most important determining factor. Lets keep the focus on student outcomes and demand the same from our elected officials. Boy I wish all this was introduced about two months before the last election and our next superintendent was guaranteed the job starting next July, my guess the voter outcomes and questions to the superintendent candidate might have been different.
Dean December 4, 2013 at 07:37 pm
I think our local leaders are trying to hide the tough decision. They moved the referendum to anRead More obscure day instead of putting it on an election day ballot. I am voting no for this until they are able to say what schools will be closed. I am already not big on my children leaving the elementary school they are in a year early. If the president and the governor have taught us anything, its that we need to see all of the details of the laws before we allow them to pass them.
Manchester Review Blog, Host: Jack Peak December 9, 2013 at 10:32 am
Scott, The SMARTR Committee power point presentation can be accessed via the Town web site- it'sRead More highlighted in the center of the front home page. All the meeting minutes of the Committee meetings can be viewed if you click on "Boards and Commissions" on the left side of the homepage.
Kathy Reilly November 15, 2013 at 11:44 am
I am just curious to know if the lists were written during school hours on the new chrome books(orRead More other device) that were given/lent to the students. does anyone know?
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