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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 22

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 22

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Problems with Nisky Democrats’ robocalls

Over the past few weeks I have received several robocalls from the Niskayuna Democratic Committee, asking for my vote.
There are four problems. 1. I live in Glenville. 2. The caller ID says, ‘Lake Placid.’ 3. I sent an email some time ago, requesting that these mistakes be fixed, especially because hundreds if not thousands of calls to residents outside Niskayuna might be going out. Nothing was done and I received no response. 4. I tried to use the NDC’s website to contact them today. The email didn’t work.
Dave Duncan

Go after scofflaws to recover money

It would seem that the governor’s plan to raise $70 million from us New Yorkers has slowed down. The complete story is still to be written, I guess.
I have been looking at the news and wondering if my license, that is due in April 2020, was going to cost me another $70 to replace my “perfect” plates.
I was in Central Park recently and I walked up and down a row of cars. I observed that the greatest number of plates were perfect for another 10 years, except on one car that I noticed was wrecked more than the plate and should be replaced — the car, I mean.
The main reason for this letter is that if the governor wants to raise some big bucks, for whatever purpose he has, he should have someone look into the scoffers that owe the state more than $70 million in fines that they have not paid on their violations of vehicle misuse. These scofflaws in New York state and Schenectady also should pay up or have their licenses taken away. Let’s collect from these law breakers and maybe reduced taxes.
James A. Wilson

Do test scores really indicate proficiency?

The recent Scotia-Glenville school district newsy bits mailing included the overall assessment of student performance on the state standardized tests: 48 percent of students achieved level 3 or 4 (proficient) scores on the ELA (readin’ and writin’) test; 54 percent achieved proficient scores on the math (‘rithmetic) test.
The first score was on par with last year. The second was six points better than last year.
The numbers are consistent with a multiple-year check based on the district’s website report.
The Scotia-Glenville school district, on its website, likes to buff its nails on this topic. And indeed, the scores are better than the Education Department’s (rather modest) expectations.
On the other hand, if on average, student proficiency is about 50 percent across the board, that means that half the students are not proficient. Ooopsie.
The story gets better. These students go on to high school, and most, around 95 percent, as I recall from the website report, seem to get the Regent’s Diploma.
That is to say, youngsters who have notable problems with readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic miraculously (what else could it be?) manage in grades 9 through 12 to, um, remediate themselves.
I find this all very puzzling.
Donald Jenner

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