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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)
joe thrapp April 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm
What happened to the two students at the highly rated LI Catholic Saint Anthony High School? TheyRead More were seniors 6 weeks away from graduation and they were expelled by the opinions of one man with no hope of appeal from a parent or a school board. No recourse just blind judgements with no fairness to the tolerant teachings of Jesus Christ. There is no Christian experience at Saint Anthony s . Catholic schools do not get Public money because they don't accept the obligation of being responsible to the NYS department of Education and the direction of an elected school board, who would insure these schools followed the rules of NYS public schools.
Dennis Albert Heller April 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm
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Concerned mother of 3 April 24, 2014 at 10:44 pm
Christopher Wendt, I wasn't vainly implying anything. I was trying to say that it was a waste ofRead More money to go to such a school and I fully support the public school system and think it does a fabulous job. Correct, my parents could have saved a lot of money and sent him to PS and had the same end result.
TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Well, Bob. Let me correct you. Paranoid Psycho Theresa Flora did NOT "call me out." IRead More called her out. Please keep track.
eatingdogfood April 24, 2014 at 07:10 pm
No, Eckleburg you called names, she called you out. Go away now.
TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 08:26 pm
"eatingdogfood" oh well... that explains everything about you.
Andrew Scott April 18, 2014 at 03:21 pm
Sorry, Mike. Wrong again. It would indeed be different if the flag in question were a swaztika, forRead More swaztikas are MUCH more widely understood for the symbol that they are. From very early on in New York - and I assume for the rest of the country - Swaztikas are understood - without question - to be symbols of death, genocide, and the Holocaust. (And please don't bring up the Jains of India.) IF the student in question had brandished a flag with a swastika, an appropriate punishment would indeed be a short suspension. I would NOT consider throwing the student out, however, unless he were also found guilty of verbal or physically harassing students, or inciting violence on campus. I WOULD hold a administrative hearing where all involved parties would be present. And then I would demand an apology from the student, one private to the school leaders, and then one made publicly to the student body. I would also make sure that the student UNDERSTOOD WHY what he did was wrong. Some sort of community service or charitable work may also be added to the penalty. This kind of response would be much more of a service to the current (former) student. It is healthier solution, and in the long run, would do far greater good than the present unforgiving, unyieldingly abhorrent alternative.
lizbeth smiley April 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Andrew Scott, you are spot on.
Chuck W. April 19, 2014 at 12:11 am
First off, if these kids were star football players, they would not have been expelled (editor'sRead More note: I went to Chaminade, and they pretty much always beat us). One of the things a private catholic school education is supposed to drive home is a broad knowledge of social contexts and a general sense of maturity and decorum.....this act was a complete lack of that. If anything it shows that these kids were complete knuckleheads that probably shouldn't have even made it to senior year. That said, the confederate flag, regardless of your beliefs is a legal act of free speech, just as it is to desecrate a crucifix. Kids have gotten less severe punishments for far worse behavior. A stiff suspension, ban from the prom or graduation would have been fine, maybe a message to the students. This punishment is knee jerk and reactionary.....If the Bro. Cregan's students are truly living the catholic faith, they will heal and forgive...but give them that chance.
pbug56 April 19, 2014 at 09:07 pm
No question that there are issues with Ocare in many states. In NY, there was a push to keepRead More premiums down as low as possible and in a number of cases that meant that many doctors and hospitals are out of plan, and there is no out of plan coverage. Early indications are that this may improve next year, but no promises. And some insurers are brand new, and older ones didn't always staff up - my plan finally started processing January claims a few days ago. And some companies have turned on their employees and then blamed it on Ocare. As to voter id, try to imagine an 85 year old frail person without any car or anyone to drive for them, who is told that they have to take several buses and subway trains and then walk a few miles to get to a place to get the ID. They may have once had a drivers license but as many seniors do they gave it up. It places like Pennsylvania, you don't have DOT offices all over the place like you might find in some parts of NYC and Long Island - where I grew up there was one per county, and it was nowhere near public transportation. In NYC, a couple of buses will usually get you to one.
2 Turn Tables April 19, 2014 at 09:33 pm
Obama's Crown Jewel was his healthcare mess. And it's a mess. He is an incompetent administrator,Read More an incompetent leader and his ideology has been a proven failure. I am amazed that there are rational, level headed people that still think this guy is doing a good job. I am not a racist either.
pbug56 April 20, 2014 at 01:26 am
A few years ago I lost my IT related job and for the first time in my career could not find anythingRead More viable, let alone with usable health care coverage. For over a year I've had a part time sub minimum wage retail job, and Ocare has finally gotten me health coverage again. Just because Faux News and the Koch Brothers keep telling you Ocare doesn't work doesn't mean they are right. Is it perfect? No - it does need fixes, and it would be real nice if the GOP would work with the Demos to fix the problems. Instead, they keep trying to scrap it, and also have voted to repeal Medicare.
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.
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.
Andreea D April 24, 2014 at 08:36 pm
No, they are not opting out. The Common Core Standards for 4th and 3rd grade are pretty reasonable.Read More Last year my first child got high 4s for both of them, and they will do well probably this year both of them.
Lorraine DeVita April 11, 2014 at 01:55 pm
The majority of LI parents aren't interested in STEM. It doesn't phase them, doesn't interestRead More them, probably have no clue what it is nor do they care to learn.... only interested in SPORTS- It seems we are going to have a preponderance of unemployed "wanna be" HS super star sports participants who haven't yet grasped the concept nor do they or their parents comprehend that STEM should be their objective not scoring a goal..
Lorraine DeVita April 11, 2014 at 01:57 pm
Nor do they understand that the two needn't be mutually exclusive.....
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.
Concerned graduate February 14, 2014 at 01:32 pm
You keep pulling me back in. Admittedly, I did not read the entire 4 1/2 year old document. I didRead More however see a chart towards the end of the site that cites a 2.7 percent increase between 2000 and 2008. That continued based on the numbers posted on the census page.
My Taxes Are Too Damn High February 14, 2014 at 04:36 pm
I am not sure where you graduated from ... but a person of your intelligence should know that theRead More census is done once every 10 years. As a result of the last census, NY lost 2 congressional seats. We will lose more after the next census
Concerned graduate February 14, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Losing seats does not mean that your population has gone down. Other places have enjoyed a largerRead More increase, giving them a larger share of the pie. The number of reps is currently fixed at 435.
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BRIAN WATERSON February 4, 2014 at 03:38 am
Everyone should stay off the roads and let the plows do their jobs!
NYB February 4, 2014 at 10:42 am
As noted, the first time this happened, the truck did not have a plow and was not actively sanding.Read More They need to slow down and obey the traffic laws.
Irene February 4, 2014 at 11:04 am
Unfortunately, many of us do have to get to work. They really should obey the traffic signals. IRead More have seen them go through red lights, smash mailboxes, people's fences on South Oyster Bay Road have been badly damaged because they just go too fast and the heavy wet snow smashes the fence and then brings the fence down. Granted, they are not working in the best conditions possible because it is cold but the law works for all of us, not just some of us.
tj January 9, 2014 at 03:10 pm
This is Friggin hilarious........
Joe Allen January 17, 2014 at 01:59 pm
I wonder why the majority of these with high numbers are in areas with a high minority populationRead More and a higher than average crime level?