Editor's Note: This is Part III in an Eight-Part series on school desegregation in New Rochelle presented in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's Landmark Decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education one year from now.
Previously: In Part I , the New Rochelle Board of Education proposes addressing complaints from black families over segregation at Lincoln School by authorizing construction of a new building to replace the aging structure. New Rochelle votes overwhelming in favor of new construction; the Lincoln District votes overwhelmingly against. In Part II, the Board of Education hires consultants who shock members by recommending the district desegregate.
We continue with Part III...
Board of Education Response to the Dodson ReportRead more
Editor's Note: This is Part II in an Eight-Part series on school desegregation in New Rochelle presented in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's Landmark Decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education one year from now.
Previously: In Part I, in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, some black parents in New Rochelle began to complain about the decades of gerrymandering and a "whites only" transfer policy that has left Lincoln Elementary School over 90% black. Some parents believe their children are getting an inferior education due to low expectations and lack of resources at New Rochelle's unofficial "Negro school".
We continue with Part II...
The Dodson ReportRead more
Editor's Note: This is Part I in an Eight-Part series on school desegregation in New Rochelle presented in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's Landmark Decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education one year from now.
With an African American President and African American governor in New York, and the observation of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. this month, I thought the timing was just right to explore local civil rights history. I also wanted to see how the Lincoln School district court cases affect our elementary schools today.
Many people don't know that New Rochelle was once called the "Little Rock of the North" and garnered nationwide attention in a desegregation case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Everyone remembers Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954). The United States Supreme Court ruled that separate but equal schools are inherently unequal and they deny black children equal educational opportunities. The New Rochelle case happened seven years later.Read more
In a few months , we'll be hearing from our old friends at the board of ed as they pass the hat to squeeze us dry . Are you doing any better this year than last ? Does the raise the district gave themselves have any context now ? Did Martian Daly do the right thing for the taxpayers or for his own ? They vote for their own raises behind locked doors and the city council is laying off firemen and cops . Patterson is pulling more money out of the schools . Costs (including the full year kindergarten) have gone up and Quinn can't turn the lights off fast enough to offset the increases . The district want's to hire lawyers to "review" YOUR tax certioaries , yet they won't hire a financial analyst to evaluate the impacts of the economic climate they exist in . Will Organisciak choke on his own lies , will Quinn ever feel remorse for the mistreatment of the public trust , will Martian Daly be exposed for the true damage he does to our city (it's not his city - he could care less) , will Polow return to lucidity , will Jeff Hastie grow a backbone ? It could happen , right? Merry Christmas !Read more
Can someone out there explain why there are fifth grade classes at Trinity with 29 students? 29 students!! This year there are only six 5th grade teachers, due to a rearrangement of staff for full day kindergarten. Last year there were seven 5th grade classes. The 2 CILA classes have only 18.
On the school matters website, for Trinity, it says 14.6 students per class, on average: http://www.schoolmatters.com/schools.aspx/q/page=dl/did=12664/midx=CPCla...
On the NY state website, it lists the average Trinity class size at 21: https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb-rc/2007/17/AOR-2007-661100010008.pdf
This website puts Trinity's avg. class size at 15.2:
What is the district contract? Can anyone provide a snippet? What gives here? This school just feels overcrowded. Can anyone reply with other elementaries in the district with classes this size?Read more
I heard Bob Cox on WVOX this morning where he highlighted one the reasons he developed the New Rochelle Talk of the Sound. While I may not agree with much of the comments on the blog, I do understand and agree with his generalization that many parents in our school district are stifle, ignored, and simply discouraged from getting involved or much less advocating for their children in some schools. While I do agree that we have many good teachers and caring administrators, there are many occasions when something is wrong and if you complain, there is Fort Apache attitude of How Dare You Complain. In being suggestive or critical of some school misgiving, parents are punished, blacklisted, and in some cases as Mr. Cox, physically prevented from entering our school grounds. Note: Mr. Cox has a mission against the school district and it’s epic! Yet, his saga began by simply advocating for his child, when he was right, and the school district began a costly legal campaign to derail, discourage and silence him. Well, he won and the school district and Taxpayer lost. All he wanted was a simple correction and a well deserved apology.Read more
At the last New Rochelle Board of Education budget hearings, I remember the BOE getting questions from one of it's board members about excessive funding for private school transportation using our money. It seemed at the time that this amount was several million dollars of waste. I also recall that no one on the board wanted to even address the issue and felt embarrassed, particularly Dee Pollow and Cindy Deutsch, corrupt and delusional members of the board.
Now my concern is that if we are going to begin the process of smacking the community with excessive taxes, let's look at the BOE and how they spend our money. If we are spending 2 or 3 million dollars on private transportation to catholic schools and yeshivas, and we are not getting reimbursed one penny, we must eliminate this free ride to private schools. It's an unfair and unethical use of public funds!!!! Taxpayers are paying for public schools and public services that benefit the community as a whole. We are not paying or subsidizing religious education because of political correctness or because of under the table agreements that were never made public. This is a waste and unnecessary. It is because of this reason alone that the next year's budget needs to be reviewed carefully.Read more
On December 13th, Mayor Noam Bramson will orchestrate a fund-raiser so that he can get elected mayor again next year.
This Mayor has marginalized this community since he was elected; since he was appointed. He is, by all indications, the most corrupt mayor in the history of New Rochelle. He has disenfranchised the working class by empowering developers to displace them at all cost, particularly by lining his pockets with money. He has no interest in moving any closer to uniting the diverse community in New Rochelle; His lip service to diversity issues and carefully created soundbites are beyond annoying, they're lies. His current ride as Mayor is simply a path to higher office. Through his corrupt ways, he will get there at our expense leaving a trail of incomplete projects and a debt that all of us will have to pay for years to come. His dictatorial management style bemoans his public persona of being joyful and medicated. He is a janus personified. So on Dec 13th, instead of sending him a check, send him something else. Pay him a visit at his function. Give him a piece of your mind. Ask him hard questions publicly at the City Council Meetings. Remember your City taxes will be going up by at least 10% - 10% - 10%. Is that ok with you?