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Posted on April 15 at 10:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Not that many winners. The largest prize I ever won through luck was never awarded to me. Scam in college. Other than that $100 I believe. Lotto scratch off. :(

Lotto is for people bad at math… with big dreams...


From: On winning and luck and skepticism


Posted on April 8 at 10:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good article. Pretty much sums up why there have only been 4-5 mergers in the last decade statewide I believe. Start here. Imagine 2 Superintendents. Lets merge so one of us can get demoted or let go! Imagine a parent. Lets bus our kid for 45 minutes to school!


From: Lots to think about with school mergers


Posted on April 7 at 8:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Statewide video gaming contributed $866.9 million to the education fund in 2014-15, compared with $870.2 million the year before. Statewide video gaming took in $1.905 billion after payouts, a decline of $7.01 million."

1.9 billion win for the VLT owners.
877 million for education. I CANNOT FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH LOCAL EDUCATION FUND GOT OTHER THAN IT WAS DOWN $210,000? MAYBE SOMEONE ELSE CAN FIGURE IT OUT???????? NOT SURE WHY THAT FIGURE WOULD NOT BE INCLUDED.

"The raceway’s annual contribution to the State Education Fund fell $210,000, or .003 percent, in 2014-15."


From: Saratoga racino VLT income slips


Posted on April 7 at 8:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Statewide video gaming contributed $866.9 million to the education fund in 2014-15, compared with $870.2 million the year before. Statewide video gaming took in $1.905 billion after payouts, a decline of $7.01 million."

1.9 billion win for the VLT owners.
877 million for education. I CANNOT FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH LOCAL EDUCATION FUND GOT OTHER THAN IT WAS DOWN $210,000? MAYBE SOMEONE ELSE CAN FIGURE IT OUT???????? NOT SURE WHY THAT FIGURE WOULD NOT BE INCLUDED.

"The raceway’s annual contribution to the State Education Fund fell $210,000, or .003 percent, in 2014-15."


From: Saratoga racino VLT income slips


Posted on April 5 at 8:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So teachers are graded on how their students perform in the classroom. Under Cuomo's new evaluation system teachers will be fired if their students do not perform. So now we will allow students who fail Math and English and are not on grade level for either subject to take a state test and underperform negatively effecting their teacher's score. Then we will socially promote that same student and be puzzled why their next teacher cannot get the student to pass state exams on grade level? Inevitable teacher firings aside due to failed policy at the district and state level - does this show the student who is socially promoted that hard work pays off in life?

What is below is unbelievable.

"The district’s change means most middle school students who failed at least three of the five core subjects last year were promoted anyway."


From: Fail a grade in Schenectady? No, you don’t


Posted on April 2 at 7:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

List the top 25 employees of MVP and I am sure we can figure out a way for this organization to start making money.


From: Health insurers report more losses in 2014


Posted on April 2 at 7:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe NYS lotto will try this?


From: Casino losers given refunds


Posted on March 28 at 7:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

On March 1, two billboards went up on Erie Boulevard beckoning passersby to come to the mall.

Maybe the guy from Istanbul saw the billboard?


From: Rotterdam Mall to be sold again


Posted on March 22 at 7:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If poverty increases would we expect student achievement in schools to rise or fall? If poverty is rising is it wise to implement teacher evaluations measures allowing teachers to be fired if students do not increase their score on state exams? Does the community want students to get a well rounded liberal arts curriculum and get everyone ready for college? Or does the community realize the challenges and realize reading, writing and arithmetic mastery on grade level is better than "must get the same education as every other student in public schools so you can get a Regents Diploma and go to college?" What about Vo Tec skills and automotive repair, plumber, welder and other skills that could be obtained in high school instead of "I'm going to college no matter what my abilities are."


From: Nearly half of Schenectady kids live in poverty


Posted on March 8 at 9:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just read this online. "The Albany school district sends more than $35 million a year to charters, and as state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said, exactly where that money goes is not easy to figure out."

Hmmm. No pension and no health insurance for life for employees equals big profits for the core grow of investors all in the name of school choice and better education for kids in which the latter cannot be true in many cases as Charters are closing for horrible performance!


From: Charter school advocates, teachers rally in Albany


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