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Schools still need fixing, state list says

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Schools in the Schenectady, Amsterdam and Albany school districts remain on the State Education Department’s list of schools “in need of improvement.” All three districts have had schools on the list for multiple years. They are among the 543 elementary, middle and high schools in 53 districts that have been identified as not meeting standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. State standardized tests are used to measure student progress in math and ...

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March 18, 2009
7:07 a.m.

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Well given the economy, they are doing the best they can. The days are shortened ,the kids are out by 2:30 pm, when most area schools aren't out till 3:00 pm, Amsterdam may need to rethink things, in as far as the students. I believe in lengthening the school day, and giving the students extra help.This can only help.

March 18, 2009
10:08 a.m.

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I'm speechless, the Greater Amsterdam School District is currently operating on a budget that is twice the entire city of Amsterdam. What could possibly be the problem ? Because it is in Amsterdam, you'd expect the schools to blame the parents. Are we the taxpayer not throwing enough money at the problem or maybe is it the teachers ? I really hate criticizing the teachers but they are our only line of defense against this exact problem. What can I do to help bolster your ratings ? Pull my children from your schools ! Should all parents feel as I ? Could it be the states definition of "disability"? The state labels the school the school labels the students the students label each other.

March 18, 2009
10:18 a.m.

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Maybe if the kids spent a little more time in school -- learning what they are supposed to -- the GASD wouldn't need improvement. I mean, just look at the GASD school calendar for February, March and April....
Feb 16 - 20 -- Winter Break
March 13th -- 1/2 Day for Staff Development
March 20 -- No School -- Superintendent Conference Day
March 26, 27, 30, 31 -- 1/2 Days -- Parent Teacher Conferences
April 10 -- No School (For what, Good Friday, I thought the Catholic School was St. Mary's)
April 13-17 -- No School -- Spring Break
Gee then we are into May (with a day and a 1/2 off) and then only about two more weeks of "teachable" classes in June.
Are you still confused about why our kids are failing?