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Thursday, 25 September 2003
my opinion to this point
The state control board is a group of people appointed to solve problems in Buffalo. Are they the best fit for solving education issues, perhaps not. The Buffalo public schools are in a major crisis and they had and still have no say over this control board, who is on it, and how they intend to help. How about having a group of financers and teachers fix this problem, maybe their knonwledge of monetary spending and inside the classroom experience will be more useful than a control board . . . just my opinion

Posted by limerick04 at 3:31 PM EDT
school problems continue
Buffalo News, September 17, 2003

Whatever the idea, someone gets hurt when it comes to the Buffalo public school monetary crisis. "Whatever I come up with in 15 days is still going to cut programs and increase class sizes, according to Marion Canedo, school superintendent." Paul B. Buchanan, an at large member of the Board of Education, think the Regents need to be more involved in the process. Some think the control board has done a good job, others feel differently. In a related Buffalo News article chairman of the Board of Education's Finance Committee stated, "They [the control board] don't live in this world." Perhaps he is on to something...

Posted by limerick04 at 3:28 PM EDT
Tuesday, 16 September 2003
America is already a bit chubby, now the children!
Washington (AP), September 16, 2003

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released a list of what to and not to eat for school children.

Oreo cookies, hostess snacks, and Kit Kat bars top the list.

Margo Wooton, the center's nutrition director, believes the school can substitute the unhealthy attractive foods with healthy yet not unappealing foods, such as fruit cups, fat-free chocolate milk, and granola bars.

According to the center for disease control, "fifteen percent of children age 6 to 19 are overweight." Clearly something must be done, so let's start early.

Posted by limerick04 at 8:07 PM EDT
this is no suprise.............
U.S. Department of Education, September 16, 2003

The most recent edition of Education at a Glance, "indicates that the U.S. achievement gap between the best performing and worst performing is high among the countries studied." In other words, we are slacking.

Secretary of Education Rod Paige says, "In this day and age, average simply isn't good enough."

This report simply confirms that this nation invests vast amounts of money into education and may not be getting the expected returns.

Posted by limerick04 at 8:05 PM EDT
Does better libraries mean better readers?
U.S. Department of Education, September 15, 2003

The Improving Literacy through School Libraries program, part of the president's "No Chile Left Behind," took a step in the right direction by allocating $12 million to seventy-three school districts for enhancing school libraries.

Secretary of Education Rod Paige said, "These funds will help schools provide students with more options to learn and improve their reading skills, which will raise academic achievement."

The most appealing aspect of the funding is that grants will be given to school districts with 20 percent of it's students below the poverty line.

Posted by limerick04 at 8:05 PM EDT
Why do the people in Buffalo always make this harder than they should be.........
The Buffalo News reported:

The Buffalo public school district proposed a cost cutting plan that simply did not meet the needs of the children, according to state control board chairman Tom Baker.

Superset of schools Marion Canedo says the district is running out of ways to find money.

If the district can not devise its own plan the control board will fill the void.

Enrollment continues to fall as costs rise. Hi Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, says "he expects the school district to seek a wage freeze in the upcoming contract talks . . ." However, this will only prolong the problem.

Posted by limerick04 at 8:04 PM EDT

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