Letters - New Roots Fails its Students

Dec122014

Letters - New Roots Fails its Students

 

mailmanPicture the distress of a student and the student's parents when after a few years at New Roots Charter School they find that graduation is not in their future.  After all those promises, inducing them to abandon their successful home district public school, New Roots has failed them in providing a vital result, a good education ending in a diploma.  It happens to so many New Roots students.

"New Roots Charter School reported a 51% four-year graduation rate for the 2010 cohort in the 2013-2014 Accountability Plan Progress Report", starts your news article of November 21, 2014.  Instead the headline should read, "New Roots falls far short of local public schools in delivering results".

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Letters - New Roots Serves Its Students

Dec122014

Letters - New Roots Serves Its Students

 

mailmanWith all the New Roots bashing I have heard over the years I have kept my peace, in part because I did not want to use my status as editor of this publication to elevate my opinion over that of others.  So I am writing this as a letter, not an editorial, and I hope you will view it as just one opinion, of equal, but not greater weight, to others that have been expressed since New Roots was chartered.  Just one dad's opinion.

My child was in New Roots’ first graduating class.  To be honest, I thought she would never graduate high school when she attended our local public school.  She is bright and was not a behavior or social problem kid, but her way of thinking and the school's way of teaching were oil and water.  I often found her on the floor of her room, despondent about her school assignments and her inability to succeed at this school.  And she was not able to get help from her teachers that connected to her in a way that she could come out of this mire of hopelessness.  Her inability to succeed there was not her fault.  But I don't believe it was her teachers' fault either.  It was a really bad fit.

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Letters - NY Challenges

Dec122014

Letters - NY Challenges

 

mailmanAs your New York State Senator, it has been my greatest honor to represent the people of the 54th District.  It was both gratifying and humbling to receive such overwhelming support from the people I serve and I thank you for again putting your faith and trust in me.

There are very serious challenges that lie ahead.  Reviving New York State’s economy and enhancing job growth is of the utmost importance to me. I’ve fought hard, and thanks to your support, I will continue to fight to change the direction of New York State and restore our economy by cutting wasteful spending, reducing taxes and creating jobs.

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