John Owens’ column “Public School Data: Numbers Beyond Belief” deserves a great big “attaboy” for going to the heart of the problem. Being a math teacher, I would say to the kids, that in statistics, “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” And when the city presented data that “garbage in results in garbage out,” they are trying to quantify the unquantifiable. In my career I’ve seen some of this, but the use by NYC is mind-blowing.
What fraud. But the New York State Education Department seems to be promoting this in many ways, including coming up with a number to rate teachers. What an insult to teachers to think that the efforts to motivate kids, the creativity, the dedication, the ability to put on a “dynamic show” five times a day, five days a week can be reduced to a number.
For some time it has occurred to me that a connection existed between healthy eating and environmental concerns like global warming that leads to warmer ocean temperatures and super storms like Hurricane Sandy. But I couldn’t find a cookbook that tied these issues together in a non-strident fashion that didn’t make me feel guilty. Award-winning New York Times food writer/ Op Ed columnist Mark Bittman meets this need in The Food Matters Cookbook, the follow-up to his books How Food Matters and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.
After reading an article on Common Core, I agree even more. It really cuts through all the “educanese” the state is throwing at the public and fully exposes the serious flaws with the roll-out of the curriculum. You wonder how much teaching experience the people who wrote the curriculum modules have. Is the state trying to make the state program “teacher proof” by providing a virtual script for the curriculum? The curriculum is not complete and math chairs are being forced to turn to other states for a complete scope and sequence.
Of course the test results were bad because the teachers did not know what to experts, and the kids did not have the prerequisite background and knowledge that the course they were learning pre-supposed. Also, implied in the results of the tests was that the teacher was doing a terrible teaching job. An obvious teaching bashing in the public schools. There is a terrible disconnect between the tests and what the teacher is doing in the classroom. I have been through 5 curriculum changes in my career. Never have I witnessed such confusion.
Nassau voters should elect a comptroller that is the most qualified, possesses a CPA background for the position, is honest and looks out for taxpayers. Howard Weitzman was all of the above when he was in office. Howard Weitzman brought in the most qualified professional staff, which proved its worth by always looking out for the interests of Nassau’s residents. Even Maragos believes Howard Weitzman staffed his office well and complimented him on how he ran his office. Alas, Maragos didn’t follow in his predecessors footsteps.
Howard Weitzman is a CPA with private and public sector financial experience. During his eight years as Nassau County Comptroller there were balanced budgets every year, 13 bond upgrades, and he produced ground-breaking audits of county agencies and special districts.
The choice is evident in this year’s comptroller race. Howard Weitzman is competent, experienced and trustworthy.
Tom Suozzi is my cousin, so obviously you know I’m supporting him this November. He’s running again for Nassau County Executive because he believes that this county can be one of the greatest places to live in the country. He’s a deeply caring man that wants nothing more than to use his skills, abilities and leadership to serve his community and provide a better future for our children.
Vincent A. Suozzi Jr.
There’s a lot of blame and finger pointing for the recent federal government shutdown. Today I’m offering a common-sense solution.
Originally, House Republicans, who are in the majority, offered a resolution to temporarily continue governing operations. It had two conditions: 1.) Fund the government at a level that many Democrats felt was insufficient; and 2.) Defund and delay the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare). I could not support both of those conditions, particularly using a shutdown of the federal government to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Dear Mr. Dowling,
I am writing to you in the dual capacity of a concerned citizen/father as well as a former Bayville Trustee and current government official to urge you to reconsider the decision to close our essential, irreplaceable and beloved community hospital in Glen Cove. Given where my neighbors and I live, on the beautiful North Shore peninsula where Bayville touches the Long Island Sound but which includes Lattingtown, Mill Neck, Centre Island as well as parts of Oyster Bay and Locust Valley, we insist that you analyze this decision differently than any standard corporate model might indicate.
Threat of lawsuit, made at public expense, aims to silence political opposition
Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman announced that he received a letter from the law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, at the behest of the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, threatening a lawsuit unless he retracts a complaint he filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The complaint, based on an investigative piece published by the Wall Street Journal, highlights evidence that Comptroller George Maragos’s annual financial report is misleading and that the County Attorney’s office colluded with a partisan Republican judge to ‘cook the books’ and misrepresent the county’s financial condition on the annual financial report.
This week I would simply like to share the fact that again I have asked Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos to appear before the body meant to provide oversight over your tax dollars, the Nassau County Legislature. Many have hoped you forgot about Superstorm Sandy cleanup work done at your expense which directed $70 million to County Executive Mangano’s campaign contributors. I handed this letter to each legislator – on the record - at Monday’s public session:
Embracing diversity is an American value, and one that I have always cherished. I am the product of grandparents who fled Russia due to persecution and found an accepting home here in America. I have spent my life honoring their memory by fighting against hatred, bigotry and persecution. When I heard of the vitriol being directed toward Ms. Davuluri, I felt compelled to respond.
I join with the voices of the many Americans who have cried out against these hateful remarks. And I will continue to work in Congress to fight against hatred.
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