On Thursday, Jan. 23, the New York State Senate Education Committee met with State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. to discuss the flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum and to find out what he was prepared to do to help students, parents and teachers.
During the meeting, I specifically asked the commissioner about changes to Regents Exams to match Common Core standards. I have serious concerns for our students who will be forced to take Common Core-based Regents Exams without the proper preparation. I asked the commissioner to address this issue.
Reading John Owens’ column on the Long Island Rail Road (“Cheaper Railroad Fares: That’s The Ticket”), it occurred to me that congestion pricing in general, for peak and non-peak, may make sense. Trains in the middle of the night may be much cheaper than, say, a 9 a.m. weekday train that may be running almost to capacity. Monthly ticket holders, I guess, get to travel whenever.
I found it disconcerting that an article titled “Concussions: Stop The Invisible Injury,” which talked about “concussion prevention,” “fostering an atmosphere of safety first,” “the athlete’s health is first priority,” “protecting an athlete’s future,” “the lifelong impact this injury can have on an athlete,” and “parents can reinforce a safe sports environment by not promoting or encouraging moves that might compromise an athlete’s safety,” never once suggested the advisability of simply not allowing one’s young child to endanger his growing brain by playing (tackle!) football, playing other helmet-required sports like hockey, becoming a boxer or playing a brain-rattling (from “heading” the ball) sport like soccer.
The article began with several false premises and assumptions. One is that “a concussion can occur in any sport,” as if it’s as common in basketball as in football. It also said that “a concussion...can occur in both contact and non-contact sports,” as if the incidences are equal in frequency or severity. I daresay concussions are nowhere near as common in baseball as in football. There’s a good reason that some sports require helmets be worn to protect one’s head and the brain inside the skull.
If you checked your most recent county real estate tax bill (for Jan-Dec 2014) to confirm that you were credited with your senior abatement on your county taxes, you will find no information. In fact, there was no way to verify credit for my senior abatement for 2014 except to ask the Glen Cove Assessor’s office for the amount, if any, that was credited for senior abatement on my current bill.
Thus alarmed, I checked previous county tax bills and found not only that senior abatements had not been itemized in any year after 2010, but also that neither the “Rate per $100” nor the “County Tax” itemized on each bill after 2010 represented the full county tax before abatements. Only the tax bill for 2010 itemized the following six quantities, which must appear as a minimum on every proper bill: Fair Market Value $, Senior Abatement $, Total Tax Levy $, County Tax Rate per $100 & Amount $ (both before abatement), and Net Tax Due $ (now called “Total”). It is also meaningless and confusing to itemize a Rate per $100 after abatement. In the future Nassau County should be required to issue fully and clearly itemized bills.
Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) is reminding residents that it is important to keep a few simple tips in mind to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning; known as the ‘silent killer.”
During January, which has been designated Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month by the New York State Legislature Assemblyman Lavine is joining the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in an educational campaign to inform county residents as to the dangers posed by carbon monoxide in homes and buildings.
As executive director of Long Island Wins, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting immigrants from all backgrounds, each with a personal immigration story. One of our goals is to use those stories to highlight the contributions that immigrants make to our Long Island communities.
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Dowling, an Irish immigrant and the president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the largest system in New York State and one of the largest in the country.
North Shore-LIJ has a service area that includes over seven million residents in downstate New York, and it’s the largest employer of immigrants on Long Island, from entry-level workers all the way up to the highest reaches of leadership.
As we wrap up holiday festivities and look towards the future, veterans are on the top of the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay’s list. Veterans hold a special place at our center throughout the year and this year’s Veterans Day Celebration was one to remember. In 2014 the center is launching a monthly group meeting especially for veterans.
As we look to the year ahead with promise and hope, it is difficult to assess where we are now and where we are headed without first grasping the importance and relevance of the last three months of 2012.
Perhaps 2013 will be remembered as the year in which the Long Island community came together to repair the structural, physical and emotional damage incurred in October, November and December of 2012: when neighbor to neighbor we worked to rebuild our island, to find a way to improve electric service and infrastructure; to give our veterans a plan for the future, return our residents to good jobs, provide our neighbors food for their tables, and to protect our children and loved ones from mentally ill people with guns.
First, I’d like to thank the paper for keeping the community informed on Common Core. It is definitely something most parents are talking about, some fearful, a few taking a tone of defiance. In the end, my wife and I take the position that it is better to have a universal standard in this country than have different standards originating “from the community.”
Bottom line is our children compete for opportunities and resources with other students across this country, and we had better make sure that our children’s transcripts adhere to one standard.
Interesting. However John Owens left out an important point [in his column “Mastering Math Shouldn’t Be Optional”], and one that I made at a recent school board meeting.
I asked if this Common Core curriculum was going to improve the ability of our children to make change at the check-out counter or anywhere else. The answer was “No.”
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