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Struggling students get a boost

Program combines 2 years of school into one

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They’re 14 years old, but they’re still in middle school — an awkward situation at best. So when Schenectady’s struggling students came back from Christmas vacation, they were moved to a new school, where they could study near students their own age. Students who are repeating middle school grades are now at Steinmetz, the district’s alternative high school. The students are enrolled in a program called Success Academy, in which they can simultaneously complete two ...

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January 21, 2013
1:46 a.m.

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What a load of crap.......enabling bad homework...just computers and they work at their leisure....paint it any way you want...this is not education..this is what they have to do to push these kids through the system without work for the students and the teachers.....very sad...They get to SCCC and complain about homework...because they never had it before.

January 21, 2013
9:24 a.m.

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Schenectady City Schools have addressed 'special learning needs' since the late 1800s. Audits at the time found very high failure rates in the elementary grades leading to massive drop out, and very low eighth grade completion rates.Officials attributed this to high percentages of kids from immigrant families. Officials 'cleaned this up' by simply promoting all of the kids.

In 1948, superintendent Linton, father of a challenged child, established a special education program on the first floor of Pleasant Valley Elementary School. Much like today's BOCES, it drew kids from many other districts. In effect, this was a one room school. It accommodated up to 20 kids at all grade levels. Being in a ''regular' school building gave participants incentive to be placed 'up stairs.' and eventually returned to home school districts.

The City School District needs to be proud, and receive more recognition for this and all its ground breaking programs. Evan misguided efforts early on, resulted in eighth grade diplomates who went on to build Alco and G.E.

January 21, 2013
9:50 a.m.

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Schenectady Scott is the only one "full of crap" and clearly lacks education himself-if you are not going to be part of the solution, stay out of the way and keep your negativity to yourself. You clearly do not want to see Schenectadys children or the City improve.