May 30, 2008

Typical New York State

For some reason, the article below struck a chord with me. A couple of Niagara Falls Schools that were underperforming have turned things around, thanks in part to some grant money from the state to run a successful after school program. But now that the schools are performing better, the State Education Department has cut off the funds.

So, we'll pay to help you turn things around and when are funds are actually doing some good, we'll cut you off so all the positive gain can be lost? I know there are a lot of need in the state and money is tight, but here's an idea....take money away from the myriad of programs that are failures and support those that are working. Just a thought.

The full article:

Improving schools not eligible for grant
By Paul Westmoore - NEWS NIAGARA BUREAUUpdated: 05/30/08 7:03 AM
NIAGARA FALLS — Because La- Salle and Gaskill preparatory pupils are doing so well academically, the state has denied the Niagara Falls School District the money to run a program that played a role in placing them in good standing.
The state Education Department on Wednesday turned down the district’s application for a grant to fund its “After School Program,” which provides Gaskill and LaSalle pupils the chance to remain in school for 2z hours after dismissal to receive academic assistance, participate in supervised activities and have nutritious snacks before being bused home by 5:30 p. m.
Superintendent Carmen A. Granto broached the subject at Thursday’s School Board meeting when Board Vice President Don J. King said he was proud to see seven city schools last week were named “high-performing, gap-closing schools” by the state Education Department. That means their pupils, even special education and economically deprived pupils, are performing up to state standards.
“Our schools were recognized for outstanding achievement” Granto said. “But that designation comes as a mixed blessing. Because of that success, we were not approved for a 21st Century [After School] grant. That’s because the state’s highest priority this year in awarding those grants is to schools in need of improvement, and we don’t fall into that category anymore. We got the money when we needed improvement. But now that we’re improved, the money is not going to be there any more.”
Ross said the original four-year After School Grant amounted to $600,000 a year.
“It’s a shame because the program really helped out a lot of kids who needed the attention after school,” Granto said.
But Granto said the district will not give up on the program since it has contributed significantly to the success of the district’s seventh and eighth graders.
He said he has already contacted the area’s three state legislators and asked them to help work out a program like the state did with the charter schools in that “once you’re successful, the state phases you out of the program slowly so you have time to build up the local money to keep the program going. They said they would support the idea.”
“I told them we understood going in that once you succeeded you’re not the highest priority any more when it comes to these funds,” Granto said, but he noted he did not want his seventh- and eighth-graders falling backward academically without the extra boost they received from the program.

16 comments:

Richard Strongbridge, Ph.D said...

Ahhhh, truly No Child Left Behind...

rufus said...

Congrats to Carmen Granto and his district for the improvement but how can the State Ed be so short-sighted?

Anonymous said...

Amazing, this is what so many people have been talking about for years. It’s not always the teacher, administrator or the board member, but NYS. Whether it’s city, town, county or school the state always gives you money to set up and improve then takes the funding away. Once the state changes, then everything else will start to change.

Anonymous said...

BOO HOO, All the idiot teachers do now is teach the test, kids are still stupid but they got a good grade.

Anonymous said...

To the Second Anon.... What's your name? You seem to talk a big game, will you walk it too?

Anonymous said...

Don Hobel launched announced his candidacy for the state Senate’s 62nd District seat this week.

Hobel, a familiar critic of the way Industrial Development Agencies operate, will pursue the Conservative and Democratic party nominations in the race. He’s thus attempting a run against powerhouse incumbent Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, whose district includes most of Niagara County, all of Orleans County and a portion of Monroe

Anonymous said...

Oh you mean like hobbes, he loves talking but who is he? Sloma's ball washer?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the state figures 400,000 plus a year for 50 years in greenway dollars is enough for any school district. It will be interesting to see what that influx of money will do. Will it lower school taxes for people? Will it raise teacher wages? Will it end budget woes and the emotional blackmail of terminating sports, etc? How much will actually go towards the student interests versus administrative?

Larry Castellani said...

This is more evidence of the bureaucratic centralist charade attempting to convince people that the state cares about children and communities. In truth, the State is interested only in keeping the students' heads above water such that the real charade which public education itself actually is does not come to light. If it did come to light, then they would have to shit or get off the pot, meaning make a move toward "comprehensive" privatization while they farm the dregs of society out to the backwaters of the remains of public education; or actually do something meaningful with respect to public education reform.

William Wallace said...

Another good reason for school vouchers...get rid of massive administrations, put the power in the hands of principles that have their hearts in it.

Anonymous said...

do you know what is typical nys? wasting of tax dollars and refusing to turn back to true conservative principles after years of unsuccessful liberal rule throughout the state.

will someone please, HONESTLY answer me what the difference is in nys and niagara cCounty between the dems and republicans?

Anonymous said...

No difference, just each has their own friends and family who need jobs.

Anonymous said...

I'd wash Sloma's golf balls before I let that ignorant thug Dan Rivera grab my nose like some bad Three Stooges skit. You were talking about golf balls, right?

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as a bad Three Stooges skit. They just acted retarded, but the county republicans are retarded, how else could you explain the give aways they let Sloma get away with, except maybe they get some kick backs too?

Anonymous said...

Anon says, "BOO HOO, All the idiot teachers do now is teach the test, kids are still stupid but they got a good grade."

You obviously didn't even have a teacher who taught to the test!
Do you have any first-hand experience in a classroom? Do you know what's being taught in classrooms across Niagara County? I'd like to see you take any of New York State's RIDICULOUS Regents exams and then you can talk. How about the Comprehensive English exam....the kids get to write 4 essays over 2 days, along with plenty of reading and multiple choice. Oh yea...No Child Left Behind...all the special education kids are expected to take these tests, too. Teaching to the test? Yes, it has to be done sometimes. Go do some web-surfing on 21st Century learning. Go to a classroom that has a Promethean Board. Go get your head out of your a**.

Anonymous said...

Francine DelMonte, 46, of Niagara Falls, was charged with loitering at 8:18 a.m. Thursday. DelMonte was walking on 19th Street Thursday morning and offered a motorist oral sex in exchange for money, according to the driver, who alerted police. DelMonte also was taken in on a warrant for a previous loitering charge.