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Squawk of the Day - Feb. 24, 2012

"Anyone that did not read the article in Tuesday’s paper about the charter school in Chicago should go back a read it. Especially the DCSS board. Sure it sounds tough, but it is getting results and teaching valuable lessons. Order and discipline is the answer."

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USTPC 2 years, 7 months ago

Rather than dilute the educational funds that are already inadequate, how about we change how the public schools are ran and allow them to provide order and discipline rather than just a babysitting service?

Right now teachers are underpaid which means that the brightest minds in our country are choosing not to teach. What does that leave us with? A teacher who shoplifts and does not lose her job.

Instead of giving in to parents who throw a fit because little Johnny or little Joanie gets disciplined for breaking the rules or is failed because they did not do their homework how about we change the rules that will allow the public schools to provide the order and discipline that is needed?

The problems with public schools needs to be fixed but because the officials we elect are in the higher income earning minority and are able to send their kids to private school there is no motivation to fix the problem.

This is kind of like the social security/medicare problem. If our senators and representatives had to live off social security and medicare like the majority of us will, rather than voting themselves a lifetime retirement and medical plan, they would make sure it was funded properly. The same applies to public schools.

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waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

Until the Public demands strong discipline, and adhearance to a work ethic in our Public Schools, this will never happen. The basis for school funding is bodies in the classroom, until that changes the problems will remain. Every Administrator works to keep the students in school, not for the good of the Student, but for the monetary good of the system. That is one of the first things that needs to change. The School should be run for the benefit of the students that want to learn, and have displayed an ability to learn.

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Jimboob 2 years, 7 months ago

Hells Bells... You can't even expect that in the real world. Poor service in restaurants, Hotel rooms not clean, Businesses that can't keep appointments. Maybe it's that way everywhere now but I never noticed it until I moved to Albany.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 7 months ago

Albany will not be getting any new charter schools...FORGET ABOUT IT

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

CJ42 your such a Brain FART! What happened could not figure how to use your Card.

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waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

For one that has advocated involvement and improvement, why not Charter Schools Coach? Many have a very good proven track record for producing productive Citzens. If the Public Schools fear the competition, I think that is a good thing. Force them to improve the product they produce, or get out of the business. Just like in any other Industry.

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USTPC 2 years, 7 months ago

Charter schools get to play by different rules than public schools. If charter schools are really the answer then let them play by the same rules as public schools. They must take anybody and everybody in their district, they cannot enforce rules or regulations even if a student blatantly breaks them, all charter schools must provide transportation to and from school, all charter schools must provide nutritional lunches and/or breakfast, etc. etc. etc.

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USTPC 2 years, 7 months ago

Right now across the country there are an estimated 365,000 students on a waiting list to get into a charter school. Students and their parents have to apply and get accepted. This allows for the charter schools to choose only those students that will do well giving them a distinct advantage over public schools who have to take any and all.

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waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

Maybe, just maybe, those rules the Charter Schools take advantage of should apply to all schools. It's about time Public Education became that again, instead of a day care. Where the few disrutive students rob the majority of the students of their education. Harsh it might seem, but how else do you propose attacking the problem? I can remember when some students didn't get accepted to a College. It seems now there is a College somewhere that will take anyone. This is because it is all about money now, not Education. The Public Schools have become the same.

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USTPC 2 years, 7 months ago

Good idea but that is not how it works. Charter schools are set up under rules that are different than public schools and public schools are not allowed to function and run under the same rules as charter schools. There is no question rules and regulations need to change in the education system but setting up charter schools to siphon off the top students is not the answer.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

The cheating teachers in Atlanta are being dealt with this week. They have been given two choices: Resign or Be Fired. I wonder how the "entities" in Albany will proceed.

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Sally_O 2 years, 7 months ago

Probably give them two weeks suspension with pay.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 7 months ago

The schools are failing because we have a breakdown in society. 40% of children born now are out of wedlock and their "parents" don't really care about disciplining or giving structure and boundaries. Plus, every parent out there doesn't want anyone putting a hand on their precious child. I wish paddling came back. That was a very effective tool in keeping kids in line. No one wants to do that anymore and now you've got very spoiled kids who turn into rotten adults who have never been told "no".

They go out into the workplace and find out that the world is a lot more harsh than they were prepared for. We're turning out a sorry bunch of youngsters who don't understand work ethic and have their hands out waiting for everything to be given to them.

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Citizen_A 2 years, 7 months ago

Bringing paddling back would be wonderful, but parents aren't going to let that happen. They aren't going to want the principal do anything they wouldn't do themselves. Half the battle would be won if parents would "whoop that butt" themselves. The parents these days are too indulgent of their children. Too many are sparing the rod and spoiling the child...and it's biting us all in the butt...no pun intended.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

@ USTPC GREAT Post.

The problems with public schools needs to be fixed but because the officials have no motivation to fix the problem. If you did not read USTPC's post at the beginning please go back and read it.

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