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Gary Tobin April 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Let’s get to the core of my argument; pun intended. What Americans are calling Common Core is Read Moreeerily similar to my educational experience growing up in Ghana. In Ghana, K-12th grade education was tightly controlled by the Ghana Education Service, an organization similar to the US Department of Education. From curricula to syllabi to standardized testing, the government controlled everything.
Concerned Parent April 16, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Education is just a word and no longer an philosophy today. Those with decision making powers inRead Moreth e 21st century have long disagreed with Columbus, believing the world is FLAT.
CtLynn5 April 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Shared on facebook. Hope she is found soon!
liz April 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM
I hope she is found soon. Check the vets offices and the local pounds. Let us know if found soon.
Glenn l April 17, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Which way did this dog run ? Wampus lane ? Gulf street ?
CtLynn5 April 17, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Sharing on facebook. Hope she is found soon.
Katie Greenhill Hessberger April 17, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Still no sign of lily :(
Jane Schulhof April 17, 2014 at 05:57 PM
Did you plaster the area with signs (& her picture)? and at any local dog parks & petRead Morestores , etc...even 'unlikely' places (places people may recognize her as 'the new puppy next door' )...I'll say a prayer
Concerned Parent April 16, 2014 at 08:27 PM
DeLauro, and those like her, owe their political career and success solely to the chronicallyRead Moreretar ded Democratic voters of our country. Thanks morons.
David Ellison April 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Time for campaign finance reform and term limits!
John April 16, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Then comes Mike Brown (nose) another LeftWing Whack job
Concerned Parent April 16, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Rosa DeLauro still being in office is a reflection of the Intellectually Retarded voters whoRead Moreblindly re-elect her into office and then complain about it. Utterly moronic.
John April 16, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Yep Concerned parent---Just ask the Brown Noser MB
Starla April 14, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Considering the fact that the Empire State Building was constructed in nine months. one has toRead Morewond er why these newly renovated rest stops have taken years to complete.
tlkensington April 15, 2014 at 06:47 AM
Took 15 months to build the Empire State Building.
CB April 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM
and 3400 workers, working 7 million man hours to build the Empire State Building. A few moreRead Morepeople worked on the Empire State Building then the rest stops. :) I do tend to agree that it did seem to take a long time. Much of that time might have been site clean up before reconstruction started. The do look a whole lot nicer than the old ones, that's for sure!
liz April 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Don't complain, the teachers union has been in bed with the democrats for years. Using dues to fund Read Morethe democratic candidates. Many educators are not democrats, you should have spread your greenbacks around. It would have given you leverage.
Gary Tobin April 12, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Go along to get along!!!!!!! No thank you.
Gary Tobin April 14, 2014 at 12:09 AM
This is a comment on the link above: Black parents can shut them downshbkyn6 - 04/09/2014 - 18:33Read More Why are black parents being so gullible toward charter schools? If they do their homework they will find charter schools do not educate black students better than traditional schools. Teachers are not required to be certified, PE once a week, at he charter schools in my state, very little science is taught. Charter schools are money making tools for major corporations, just like the prison industrial complex. These criminals do not care about educating black people. They are pipelines to the prison industrial complex. Black parents should use information that is available to them to check these corporation out, such as their accountability scores. States department of education is just as bad, because they are paid high salaries to be overseers of charter schools. I wish to say to black parents, just shut them down, and stay in your traditional schools, these folks do not like your children, all they see, is the money.
Tupperware Natasha April 14, 2014 at 02:28 PM
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Tupperware Natasha April 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Juniormints I apologize but there seems to have been an internal issue with the Tupperware websiteRead Morea s to where it was directing everyone to the main page so your order didn't get applied to the Fundraiser it was applied to The company it is fixable ig you choose Thank You
Juniormints April 15, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Tupperware Natasha - I am confused - is there something I need to do to help you?
Michael Brown April 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM
@John - Thank you for your heart felt contributions to the Patch.
John April 16, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Your welcome------RED
Michael Brown April 17, 2014 at 01:27 PM
I have grey hair.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents April 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM
By jacking the cost of education at over 600% in a few short years, over pricing degrees andRead Moredestroy ing the middle class... well you get the picture education is becoming a thing of the elite and well connected. Everyone else is a debt serf or worse yet poor and segregated as undesirable. Those lucky enough to have graduated are welcomed with open arms to Americas Fast food and hospitality industry where it will take them the next 30 years of their lives to pay off their student debt.
Michael Brown April 12, 2014 at 08:23 PM
@Rocco - School choice is a Republican thing. You know that.
Gary Tobin April 13, 2014 at 11:47 PM
Coming to a community near you.... Charter School Corruption: Every injustice in American lifeRead Moreca n be laid at the feet of the richest people in the country and the politicians who do their bidding. Nowhere is that terrible dynamic more obvious than in the destruction of public education by the charter school system. The fix is officially in for charter schools in the state of New York. The legislature finished its session by giving these privately funded “public” schools more protection than they have almost anywhere else in the nation. Charter schools are allegedly public schools but that label is nothing more than public relations gimmickry. In March a New York state Supreme Court judge ruled that the comptroller had no standing to audit charter schools because they are educational corporations and not “units of the state.” The charter school executives who usually insist that they are running public schools were strangely silent and for once didn’t disagree when someone said their schools are not public after all. Charter schools are a scam inflicted on black and Latino children and are meant to turn education into just another profit center. These schools take public money without being accountable to the public and they are funded by organizations like the Walton Family Foundation of WalMart fame and hedge fund chieftains. There is no data which proves that they provide superior education. They don’t have to accept children with special needs and often expel children who are struggling academically because they may bring down the all important test scores they use to justify their access to public dollars. http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/freedom-ridercharter-school-corruption
liz April 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Name one democrat that has done anything to change 8-30g, in fact Democratic Rep. Kim Rose isRead Moresuppor ting more affordable housing. Keep voting democrat folks.
Fake Name April 11, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Did you ever wonder why some developers can only seem to get projects approved by using 8-30g andRead Moreot her developers always get their projects approved?
Michael Brown April 11, 2014 at 05:50 PM
This property is listed in Vision Appraisal as being owned by 'GEZIM ZEKO' who is also the owner of Read MoreBella Napoli on the Post Road.
Gary Tobin April 09, 2014 at 01:38 PM
PERMITTED EXCEPTIONS The law allows exceptions to the test requirement for certain (1) specialRead Moreeduc ation students and (2) limited English proficient students (CGS § 10-14q). In general all special education students are required to take the tests except in the rare case when the student’s planning and placement team determines an alternate assessment, as specified by the State Board of Education (SBE), is more appropriate. Also excepted are (1) any limited English proficient student, as defined in federal law, enrolled in school for 10 school months or less, or (2) any limited English proficient student enrolled in school for more than 10 but less than 20 school months who scores below the level SBE establishes on the linguistic portion of the English mastery standard assessment administered in the month prior to the administration of the state-wide mastery examination. PROHIBITION ON USING TESTS TO HOLD BACK STUDENTS As noted above there is no penalty for not taking the tests, furthermore state law specifically prohibits school districts from using the tests to hold a student back a grade or prevent him or her from graduating. The relevant language forbids schools from requiring “achievement of a satisfactory score on the state-wide mastery examination, or any subsequent retest on a component of such examination as the sole criterion of promotion or graduation (CGSD § 10-14n(f)).” Please feel free to contact me with any further questions. Thank you for contacting the Office of Senator McKinney. If I can be of any future assistance please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Erika Pocock Erika Lee Pocock Legislative Aide Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney (860) 240-8846 Erika.Pocock@cga.ct.gov
Milford Citizen April 09, 2014 at 08:36 PM
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Concerned Parent April 09, 2014 at 09:21 PM
Let's be real here....All these BS standardized tests won't mean squat once our kids graduateRead MoreHS...S ome Universities are not even looking at SATs any longer because they are intelligent enough to realize that it only reflects one day in the life of a student. So bring on the SBACs..go for it..For me, I'll make sure my kids don't kill themselves trying to do them. And for the administrators, just try to make any academic decisions solely based on these assessments and see what happens.
tlkensington April 08, 2014 at 09:09 AM
No Milford isn't included. The new schools are in New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Windham, andRead MoreSta mford. The state is creating a two tiered system of schools in the cities. Those who get into charter and magnet schools, and those who didn't. Milford should be able to have a top notch education system without charter schools.
tlkensington April 08, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Also Beth Bye isn't okay with this plan. She Co Chairs approps.
Gary Tobin April 08, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Thank you tlkemsington.
JP April 03, 2014 at 07:03 AM
Hey, Gary, consider switching to decaf coffee . . .
Gary Tobin April 03, 2014 at 09:15 AM
JP - Go along to get along? Is that decaf?
Concerned Parent April 04, 2014 at 09:34 AM
@Gary, it does not take a village to inspire and educate a child. It takes ONE special person. IRead Morer espect your view, but if we are unable to make our district allow our teachers to actually teach. What makes you think we can ever change the fact Common Core will be coming to our town. It is inevitable and rather than complaining about it, we need to prepare for it. Parents need to know, at least with Milford, education will be structured by a cookie-cutter rubric and our teachers are going to be reduced to facilitators. I saw the presentation made to the BOE and it was very disturbing but presented with such fervor. If I was a teacher, I'd be looking for a job outside of Milford. When I reference history, it is for a very good reason. We now live in a society who passess the buck. Who want the easy way out..Who do not take accountability for their own mistakes but do know how to blame others. This is evident in politics and unfortunately education. The solution to this is actually quite simple and fundamental, but those in power lack any sense of humility to admit they may not know everything, and that in itself is a recipe for disaster. For an institution whose philosophy revolves around question and answer, it's tragically ironic that they are incapable of questioning themselves. At the end of the day, it will be the individual who is brave enough to challenge and look beyond these advanced myopic constructs that will succeed. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm going to teach my kids to think for themselves. If it conflicts with Common Core. If it is viewed negatively by educators, well that is their problem. My goal is to shape and guide my kids because our education system is going to fail in doing that fundamental task miserably.
Esther Vernon April 07, 2014 at 07:47 AM
Wonderful, wonderful. MPT is a non-profit with a mission to preserve, educate and protectRead MoreMilford's history. Great organization to join. See MilfordPreservationTrust.org.
Michele Chesson Kramer April 07, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Thanks for the shout out, John. As a resident of the Historic District, this case was particularly Read Moremeaningful to me and many of my neighbors. Milford Preservation Trust hopes, at the very least, to have raised awareness about the importance of these historic homes. Milford is very lucky to have such a rich and storied past, but its residents need to remain vigilant and mindful that many such places have already been lost and many more are threatened.
Susan P. April 09, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Great news and well deserved. Thank you Milford Preservation Trust for all that you do for thisRead Morewond erful city I am proud to call home.
Concerned Parent April 04, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Not good...he was the only one with young children in the school system and actually grew up inRead Morethis town. He is a classic example of the influence our school system had on him, in the past. And I emphasize past, because it has evolved into a self-serving institution. More focused on appearance than substance. Let by adults who are driven by their own blind ambition and not the betterment of our children. This is never a good thing to say about those who volunteer for a post, but their actions have spoken volumes in regard to their ethics. They are being led by process and not principle. You want to know the real reason for declining enrollment and failing performance, look no further than those decision makers who set the policy and curriculum that tie the hands of good teachers to teach and inspire our kids.
Fake Name April 04, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Hmmm someone who may not agree with rest of the board suddenly gets a high paying city job and hasRead Moret o resign. Nothing smells fishy at all.
Gary Tobin April 04, 2014 at 08:08 PM
I wonder who is going to take his place on the board. Maybe one of the LRPC Members? How about oneRead Moreo f the consultants for the LRPC,Mike Zuba or Tom Jokubaitus or Ali Church? Since the Milford School Administration won't hire African American teachers I think Milford's Democrat party planner should endorse or dictate that an African American be placed on the BOE.
Concerned Parent April 03, 2014 at 05:45 PM
@Hal Depino...I'm a big fan of accountability...It's too bad they are focusing only on those whoRead Moreare following the directives of the district. God Forbid the school board is actually doing anything wrong... Right?
Tmc April 04, 2014 at 07:42 PM
I'm sorry you interpret it wrongly Gary; better luck next time. :)
Gary Tobin April 04, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Of course...