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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!
Graphic by Aaron Boyd.
Concerned Parent March 4, 2014 at 04:25 pm
Take a close look at Southington compared to Milford, they are a DRG D school like Milford and theRead More same size in student enrollment. The only difference is in its school configuration which appears to be successful. Perhaps our school board should put on their thinking cap for a change and actually look and learn from what they are doing. For ONCE, just do it, before turning our town upside down..
Graphic by Aaron Boyd.
Michael Brown March 1, 2014 at 07:53 am
All of these schools have budgets below $50 million. Many are around $5 million. Seems to me thatRead More economy of scale come into play here?
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/
Jeanette Walsh, co-president of the John. F. Kennedy School PTO, speaking in opposition to a proposed one high school configuration for Milford Public Schools at a public forum Tuesday, Jan. 28. Credit: Jason Bagley
Gary Tobin February 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm
Concern Parent - Just in case you didn't see it on the other page - I am in absolute disbelief thatRead More Milford's Education Administrators (one being the former Mayor of Milford) would actually alter or change the purpose (charge) in which the Board of Education approved the Committee’s purpose (charge). The consultant group is contracted to gather data 5-10 years forward regarding the decline in enrollment in Milford Public Schools, evaluate the school buildings and present their findings to the committee and come up with recommendations. I have watch and listen to Mrs. Casey aggressively not approve the administration changing an agreement and I would think we will hear and see this again if this is the case. Do you really think the Administration would or could hire Milone and MacBrown to manipulate and deceive the Chairman of the BOE and two other BOE members, the two Milford Aldermen, 4 school principals, two teachers, Alberta Jagoe and 13 parents? Do you think they can pull that off? Maybe the BOE voted and changed the Administration’s purpose for the Long Range Plan Committee and for them to include a Magnet School in their recommendations. But I would think that would be boarding unethical if they did vote and not allow the public to be informed on this. I did read in the minutes, Nov. 19th, which are by Dr. Feser, where Mr. Cummings was asked by one of the consultants to talk about his experience with the Bridgeport Magnet school. “He said it is very impressive. It has an open campus, aesthetically pleasing, “student center feel”, Lap-tops, wireless, wind turbine, etc. (IT, Physical Science, total State of the Art). He talked about the “competition” for our students and asked how will we respond to it”. The end of his statement sounded like a challenge for the committee. That is a bit curious that Magnet schools where not in the data or minutes until the night of the public forum and now there are no more public forums for parents, community and students to ask questions about it. I’ve been attending and watching BOE meetings for a long time and when the Administration wants to pursue or look into something such as the Security Resources Officers it required a vote of the BOE to approve the administration to research such matters. So I would think such a large project or proposal as a New Magnet School the Milford BOE would have to approve the Administration to research such matter. Do you think maybe we all missed a meeting when the Administration proposed such request and the BOE voted yes?
Tim Chaucer February 22, 2014 at 10:02 am
I fear that the magnet school option is to "buy off" certain critics of this totallyRead More unnecessary and costly $240 million dollar new high school. Four years ago the community, despite strong objections, was BULLIED into a K-2, 3-5, reconfiguration. Knowing they erred, the Administration is willing to correct that mistake , however, that error becomes the smokescreen to reconfigure again: ONE HIGH SCHOOL and close Calf Pen, Live Oaks, and Pumpkin Delight and perhaps Orchard Hills. The decision has been made. The real question: Who is behind it? Milford Progress? They are part of the local Chamber of Commerce They wanted to develop Fowler Field, remember? Someone or several members of the Administration are doing the bidding of the Chamber; it all has little to do with education. Shortage of land? Sell the public school lands. Fool the public with talk of declining enrollment and magnet schools. have the stren
Tim Chaucer February 22, 2014 at 10:24 am
We can only hope and pray that our current Board members have the courage and wisdom to stand up toRead More those doing the bidding of monetary interests which has very little to do with the education of our children in a ONCE RESPECTED PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM .
Superintendent Elizabeth Feser (left) and Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli, Jr. Credit: Patch File Photo
Tempy January 28, 2014 at 03:57 pm
There's one on the corner of Lansdale and Bridgeport Ave
Jacqueline Kocak Zeidler January 28, 2014 at 04:45 pm
Milford school system is the worst I have ever seen Who changes the schools to a school so far aRead More mile farther for my son to go to school? And needs a bus to get there! How wasteful! They don't even teach the cursive writing! ! Horrible system !wish I stayed in Norwalk school systems they were so much better! And at least my kids were getting a better education! I regret the move to this school system! My kids will work in factory with this education! Just today my son was asking me to read a cursive writing letter in a book today ! He's in 4th grade? That's sad!
Cindy Rifkin January 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm
So true. If they dont learn it they cant read it. Pretty pathetic.
Sandy Robinson January 22, 2014 at 09:34 am
Milford schools closed is posted at 6:30 a.m. Really....my granddaughter catches the bus at 6:45Read More a.m. Why so long to make a decision???
Hal DePino January 22, 2014 at 03:47 pm
@Sandy Robinson, that is when the Patch posted it. That's not when the decision was made. I signedRead More up for emails and got one a little after 5 AM
Graduates and the crowd at Jonathan Law High School's 2013 graduation.
Concerned Parent January 23, 2014 at 01:47 pm
I had initially planned on attending this meeting to voice my opinion on these proposed plans,Read More however after consideration, I've chosen not to for the following reasons; 1) It will fall on deaf ears. Decisions have been made but the board is following their set process. 2) The same inept decision makers will still be making the same brilliant future proposals, despite public opinion after this hearing. 3) My children will be out of this God forsaken school system by that time. I only wish all parents with children approaching grade school all the best because you will need it.
Milford Superintendent Elizabeth Feser would like the 'greeter' program at the district's elementary schools to expand to its middle schools. Mathewson School pictured above. Credit: Jason Bagley
John Hanks January 16, 2014 at 01:44 pm
So to increase elementary school subs by $15 a day and high school subs $10 a day we need toRead More increase the substitute budget to $351,000 for the year? There's that many substitute teachers on a daily basis? Students miss out on curriculum without a substitute teacher in the classroom, the superintendent said. - I don't know about anybody else but when I was in school (here in Milford) we missed out on curriculum WITH a substitute teacher in the classroom. It basically turned into a study hall.
John Pasnau January 18, 2014 at 03:12 pm
All "Greeters" will do in a Sandy hook type situation is take the first bullet. What aRead More total over reaction and waist of public funds, defending against a once in forever type danger while letting daily needs slide. Shameful pandering to the most hysterical in our society.
Carol Fredericks January 19, 2014 at 07:06 am
What a joke .... So cut teachers to pay for more subs? Why can Paras who do all the work any time aRead More teacher is absent!!! Give them the money !
Milford Superintendent Elizabeth Feser Credit: Patch File Photo
tlkensington January 17, 2014 at 01:09 pm
CP, how hard could it be to fill the room for this? Seemed easy for people fighting affordableRead More housing. If you are that vexed then try to organize people. Or you could do like Fake Name says.. leave town.
Michael Nelson January 17, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Jason Bagley, have you ever considered a comments drinking game where the pessimistic troll means aRead More shot of whiskey, the wolf-crying, sky-is-falling quasi-activist is a shot of vodka and each ghost of a member of this society who reads the article, has a question or idea but then reads the comments to realize they don't want to enter this electronic madhouse is a morning after aspirin? Personally, I'm not sure what I would die of first.
Concerned Parent January 17, 2014 at 04:30 pm
@tlk, your predisposition for sarcasm is beginning to show its ugly face once again.
Fewer bus stops a good idea? Tell us in the comments. Credit: Patch
Concerned Parent January 9, 2014 at 09:01 am
@Fake, I "COMPLETELY" agree. The focus of our school district is grossly displaced. As aRead More parent, I cannot tell you how disappointed and shocked I've felt during the last 10 years with its decline. I've witnessed the town's focus on education sway from the student to the administrator. Our schools lack structure, their administrators are unapproachable, with policies which only serve to make their lives easier vs. the betterment of a student's educational experience.
A14MT January 9, 2014 at 09:09 am
The answer is in the first paragraph of the article, "citing safety and operational efficiencyRead More reasons." Saftey and operational efficiency is key. Perhaps in my previous comment the brakes (pardon spelling error in previous comment) are costing more, which is an operational reason, perhaps number added stops is an increased saftey issue. Re-read the article I think our comments are bringing out added issues people have, my email is flooded with comments I am reading (not upset by it) though I said let me re-read article to adjust my statement.
Tmc January 9, 2014 at 09:02 pm
@A14; the buses are designed for stop and go duty. There are no "roaters" on theRead More "breaks"; it's an airbrake system run by a compressor that push the brake shoe outward to the brake drum, causing the vehicle to slow or stop. The system is designed to endure many hard miles; it's why most commercial vehicles have them. The only thing that gets replaced with any frequency are the air hoses which rupture due to the cold and are cheap to buy.
Fake Name January 2, 2014 at 11:47 am
I guess if you're busing kindergarten kids 45 minutes one way, its best to leave plenty of time toRead More get them home before the snow.
David Chesler January 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm
I guess we'll know when the kids get off the bus, but how early? And wouldn't it be nice if theyRead More just give in and announce the closing for Friday now? A lot of districts announced closings for Thursday and Friday on Wednesday evening. I told the kids by the dawn's early light that come June they'll be happy today counts, but I'm not convinced that it wouldn't have been a better trade to get 4 more days of sleeping in during Christmas vacation (rather than a 3.25-day weekend), and not have to open and heat up the schools for one short day.
Superintendent Elizabeth Feser talks to parents about the Common Core State Standards at a forum on Monday, Nov. 11. Credit: Jason Bagley
Gary Tobin December 31, 2013 at 01:25 am
Superintendent should invest in the community, parents, kid's interest and their education and notRead More use the kids for their own monetary or career advancements. ___________________________________________________ http://jonathanpelto.com/2013/12/12/ct-association-public-school-superintendents-capss-face-sells-members-ct-school-districts-students-parents-teachers-taxpayers/
Fake Name December 31, 2013 at 06:39 am
Do these stories paint the picture of a school system headed in the right direction?