What began as a way for teachers to apprise students of what supplies they would need for the upcoming school year has morphed into what amounts to a hidden, regressive "user tax" presented under the guise of "community supplies". Gone are the days when parents bought notebooks and pencils for their child along with new shoes and a lunch box. Parents are now expected to collectively pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to provide supplies such as cleaning fluid, paper towels, pencils and paper and the deliver them, no questions asked, to schools with no system in place to track inventory or prevent theft.Read more
Through a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, New Rochelle’s children in grades 5 to 9 who reside in the City’s public housing have an opportunity to participate in RISE (Reach for Individual Success and Empowerment), an innovative afterschool and summer program. RISE will offer a wide range of youth development programs, services and activities tailored to meet the unique needs of the participating youth. Iona College is the lead agency, and will be partnering with other City institutions, including the School District, Sound Shore Medical Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Rochelle, in this venture. There are still openings in the program, and I encourage all families who reside at Bracey, which is in District 2, to participate in this enrichment program. For information call Robyn Brown-Manning at Iona (914 633-2471).Read more
The New York State Department of Education is reporting that public schools in Westchester County reported an increase in violent incidents for the 2006-2007 school year.
The Journal News reports:
Public schools in Westchester County reported a greater number of violent incidents in the 2006-07 term, according to new state data, but because of inconsistent reporting the increase doesn't necessarily mean schools are less safe. Reports of serious crimes, such as sex abuse, assault, robbery and weapons possession, rose from 526 in 2005-06 to 547 in 2006-07, according to data on violent and disruptive incidents released by the state Education Department. Serious crimes involving weapons increased by 11 to 213, and overall incidents involving weapons rose from 213 to 239."