The parent of a Davis Elementary School second-grader filed a complaint with the New Rochelle Police Department over a harassment and bullying incident at the school alleging that the building principal, William E. Harrell, refused to speak with him about the incident or even acknowledge the incident had occurred. The complaint also alleges that when the sister of the victim sought to contact her father to notify him of the incident and get her sister help she was refused. The complaint also says that the child was not provided medical attention following the incident.
The incident was instigated by two children, a boy and a girl, either cousins or siblings, who have known bullying issues, according to the report. The girl is a fifth-grader who is in the same homeroom class as the sister of the victim.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2011
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Legislator Sheila Marcotte Calls on State to Evaluate Decades-Old Lottery Formula, Westchester Not Getting Fair Share
It has been said that your chances of winning the lottery are the same whether you play or don’t play. Legislator Sheila Marcotte ( R )-Eastchester, believes for Westchester County residents that statement has become a reality. Westchester County has been on the losing end of an antiquated state lottery revenue distribution system that has been in use since the lottery’s inception in 1966. According to information received directly from the lottery last year in Westchester County, retailers collected $335.5 million only a fraction of that, $64.6 million was sent back to the county in the form of school aid.Read more
Judith Huntington was officially inaugurated as the 13th president of The College of New Rochelle in a ceremony this afternoon held at The Wellness Center at the College’s New Rochelle campus. The inauguration was attended by faculty, alumni, staff, students and leaders from the educational, business and political community.Read more
New Rochelle, NY, October 12, 2011 Members of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA) have voted unanimously to approve a new home for the safekeeping of their archives. The members came together in support of the resolution to permanently transfer and deaccession the artifacts to Iona College in New Rochelle. With the membership vote complete, the Association can now proceed to the final phase of the legal process, which is to gain the approval of the NY State Court.
Since 2010 the artifacts of the Collection have been stored temporarily in state of the art archival facilities within Iona’s newly renovated Ryan Library. This is the same location the Board determined best meets all criteria for proper stewardship of the artifacts, public and academic access, and guaranteeing the Collection remains in New Rochelle.Read more
The New Rochelle school district will be providing free 24/7 WiFi in the homes of students, according to a recent school board resolution.
During the most recent board meeting IT Director Dr. Christine Coleman addressed Resolution 12-148 "Mobile on the Go (EDU) 2011 Pilot Program, a program to "narrow the digital divide in our urban school district and increase student achievement in reading and writing by providing off-premise, ubiquitous 24/7 wireless internet access through mobile devices."
The program costs $555,595 of which $439,335 will be covered by federal taxes and the remaining $116,260 will be covered through local taxes. Schools involved are Columbus, Jefferson, Trinity, Isaac and New Rochelle High School.Read more
It was not that long ago that the New Rochelle Board of Education approved adding Universal Kindergarten. At the time, this program was presented as "free" by Assistant Schools Superintendent for Business Affairs John Quinn. The program is now costing the district well over $1 million a year.
Get ready for Universal Pre-K…at a cost of $1.6 million a year.
Board Resolution 12-135 indicates that the district submitted an application to the New York State Education Department to be part of the "Universal Pro-Kindergarten Program" Under Section 2521 of the Education Law.
The money will be used to pay for Instructional Salaries ($780,079), Teacher Retirement ($89,709), Social Security ($59,676), Medical Insurance ($74,955) and something called "Contractual" ($591,300).
The line item under Appropriations does not specify what "Contractual" means.
The resolution states that site providers in addition to the Barnard School for 2011-2012 school year include:
The New York Times is reporting:
[NYSED] officials revealed this week that the State Education Department had quietly been conducting erasure analysis on some high school Regents exams for more than three years, a process that red-flagged 64 incidents of possible problems, including one that led to the ouster of an assistant principal in the Bronx.
And after an audit by the state comptroller raised concerns about cheating in 2010, the State Board of Regents voted, to little notice, to expand such analysis to six additional tests last school year, and to all Regents exams in 2011-12, though the necessary funds were never authorized.
A reader sent the following email:
My sons attend Trinity Elementary School. We have not been informed on the [result of the] last state test. A couple of parents said they received the kids scores by contacting the board of ed.I thought these were suppose to be announced, so to speak.I was looking for some insight on this, because my wife and I received a letter in the mail notifying us that my youngest one could receive additional help for reading,I had no idea he was in need of help.
As I recall the scores are embargoed by the state. By now parents should have received the results but just to clarify any mystery I made some inquiries to state and local officials. Basically, the district had the data but was not allowed to send it out. In the meantime, the used the data to identify students who were in need of help.
The file containing the Parent Reports for students who were in Grades 3 to 8 during 2010-11 was received from NYSED around the second of September. The reports were then distributed to the schools the following week; they put them in envelopes and mailed them out by the end of September.Read more