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Schenectady school board lays out list of cuts to budget

Public hearing on plan subdued

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A tiny crowd came out for Schenectady’s school budget hearing, and only one person spoke. After the contentious meetings last month, at which public comment often lasted for hours, the hearing was somewhat of an anticlimactic event. The one speaker, school board candidate Thomas Hodgkins, acknowledged that his words would not have an impact. It’s too late for the board to change the budget before the vote on May 21. But he said he still ...


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hodgkins.t
May 9, 2013
8 a.m.

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http://schenectadyplaygrounds.blogspot.c...

I will prioritize early education when I am on the School Board.

Vote for T Hodgkins

JIMOCONNOR
May 9, 2013
3:38 p.m.

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your statement is empty rhetoric. come up with a three or five point plan to make pre-K viable. then, publicize it on hamilton hill, yates village, and steinmentz homes...most of your opponents won't travel there, let alone engage the families there.

hodgkins.t
May 9, 2013
7:02 p.m.

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One key element to prioritizing early education is to ensure that it is adequately funded. Cut other programs, if needed, before early education, because the long term benefits to rigorous pre-k are astounding financially. There are large financial benefits because of medium term -lasting 10 years- academic benefits, and long term -20 years- social benefits like reduced crime and decreased usage of social services. The cost of creating a year-long, day-long pre-k for ages 3 and up pale in comparison to what society receives in return. This is one reason why the US Chamber of Commerce says in their 2010 report "Why Businesses Should Support Early Childhood Education" http://www.smartbeginnings.org/Portals/5...
that the business community should "promote early learning policies as part of the economic development agenda" and they should "support public investments for effective, high quality early education programs".

hodgkins.t
May 9, 2013
7:04 p.m.

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"The case for universal pre-K should be closed"
http://prospect.org/article/pre-k-range#...

RETDKC
May 9, 2013
8:39 p.m.

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Then people wonder why kids in Schenectady need so much "extra help". I believe it is due to the teachers having such a big class size and not being able to properly assist each child needs. One teacher can not possibly help 25 kindergarten students who are just starting there learning. I have witnessed this first hand. This situation also always kids who actually need help slip through the cracks. I am really ashamed of Schenectady. We pay higher taxes than Niskayuna and they have a better school system, including their own bussing.

hodgkins.t
May 9, 2013
9:23 p.m.

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Parental income and education are one of the greatest determinants of school readiness. Schenectady has a high population of kids not ready for school because half the children in Schenectady live in poverty, one of the highest rates in the nation. A long term solution is to invest in early education. One of the long term results of early education that Dr. Heckman, Nobel laureate, has found is higher earnings, reduced crime and less use of social services by recipients of rigorous early education. See:http://www.heckmanequation.org/

JIMOCONNOR
May 10, 2013
10:34 a.m.

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So, take your literature survey, to your electorate. BTW make it comprehensible for sixth grade reading levels.

Here's a thought.

Leverage coupons from Price Chopper, Shop Right, and Hannaford,with communiy block grants to fund early intervention language development services from SCCAP, Salvation Army, and The City Mission, NOT for profit Day Care Centers. Give coupons at pre-screenings, program entrance, and then as milestones are met. Incentivize a family unit's investment in learning.

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