ProudDad... you think there aren't any major-league problems in Mt. Kisco? You think the study that was done showing a huge funding discrepancy between the towns in the BCSD is a mirage? Articles on the DV and commenters have no take on the reality of the situation here? Mt. Kisco and the BCSD are highly sought after? Retirees aren't fleeing? School-aged parents aren't looking elsewhere in ways never seen around here? Who is dealing in delusion?
At best the research is very much conflicted on dual-language. You can focus in on any research out there to fit any agenda. It's a commonly used trick. If research was so compelling then why aren't the districts who are the academic envy of the state instituting dual-language programs? Everyone knows the answer --but no one will say it.
You are part of a social experiment. I'm sure it's cute to hear the kids drop a little Spanish at home, here and there. I loved talking in Spanglish around my parents when I was in school (mostly so they couldn't understand what I was saying). My buddies and I thought we were slick and cool. But, we were in high school. All core subjects were in English, K-12. We took Spanish class for 7 years starting when we were 11. Will being cool help 6 and 7 year olds with science and math and English and social studies? How about those state tests in a couple years? Will they get to practice their Spanish at home with parents who don't speak it? How about the other 270 days per year that they don't have class taught in Spanish? Hmmm...
We are all ignorant (you included) of how this will pan out in the end.
My kids will never be part of an experiment --and they'll still learn a foreign language to boot. Good luck to you.
p.s. No one on this message board is talking about the teachers who will be moved out of MKES --because they don't speak Spanish. It is shameful. It should be FRONT PAGE NEWS. America 2015: Elementary School Teachers losing their jobs because they only speak English
Welcome to bizarro world everyone. View Comment
"Intended benefits, Patrick said, include closing the achievement gap, along with promoting bilteracy and biculturalism."
Whose agenda is Drew referring to here? Biculturalism? This is not how America became great. No one should ever forget where they came from (I don't), but that's a matter of keeping your HERITAGE alive while culturally adopting the American one. My relatives were from Italy, but I'm an American. Period. Encouraging kids and citizens to "split time" culturally is a silly game that no school district should ever play. Where are the voices of reason in this community???
Learning a second language (even a third) is awesome... once you've mastered one of them. This is how I did it. Spanish for 8 years and Italian for 2 years. Six year olds have not mastered reading and writing in English. No one argues this.
The principal of MKES has said that one of the primary reasons to institute this dual-language program was so that the ESL population in the school could absorb the learning patterns of the native English speakers. So, right off the bat the accomodation was skewed towards them. This program has "good intentions" and "intended benefits"... but the real fear is that the closing of the achievement gap will be as a result of native English speakers falling behind their counterparts in core subjects because they learned them in a different language every other day. And, really, is this helping the Latino kids as much as 180 days of English would? Nope. What's been built here is a 'mediocrity for all' apparatus.
p.s. Where is the teacher's union on this? 80% of MKES teachers will be gone in the next 5 years if this program continues to roll through that school in its current state. If you are not bilingual you will have to find somewhere else to teach. This is a travesty and for some reason is being swept under the carpet. Who is speaking up for the teachers? My grandfather would say: disgraziata! View Comment
Vincent should be commended for doing this analysis. It's something that the district should've done long ago on its own, but I guess we know now why they didn't. When you have citizens sitting on our school board who dare to refer to iron-clad MATH FACTS as 'inflammatory' you have a major problem on your hands. I too attended the meeting and heard Ms. Grant say this live. It was quite the reveal. The attendees were dumbfounded. We have a problem with the leadership in the BCSD --at the administrative level and on the board.
This was to be presented at a regular school board meeting, televised and recorded for all to see. Then... that offer was rescinded. Residents should e-mail Ms. Grant, perhaps Mr. Bracco (finance chair) and definitely superintendent Hochman to ask them personally why it was not. Dr. Hochman touts transparency as a hallmark of his leadership -- I guess until he decides certain data isn't trustworthy in the hands of the public (who pay his exorbitant salary).
The only thing that was not discussed at this meeting was the elephant in the room. Illegal immigration, slumlords/businesses who take advantage of the disadvantaged and community organizations who threaten Mt. Kisco town hall when local zoning laws and fire codes are enforced is the PRIMARY reason for such a discrepancy. It is why we have no control of this situation. The people who fund this district must start holding the appeasers accountable. View Comment
Jimmy was a jewel of a mechanic, but more importantly a good man. Honest, friendly and told it like it was. Our community has a permanent hole in it. We're still in shock over here.
My faith in the almighty has been tested yet again, but if my doubts are just those... then he is with Maggie again. That's all we can hope at this point.
Please keep his family in your thoughts.
Rest in peace, my friend. View Comment
Len, are you still the head of the Bedford Dems? Now I know why Republicans hold nearly every seat there. You just lie, buddy. Here's the playbook for you guys now to try and win elections: Republicans hate seniors (want to kill them off), hate women (especially single women), wanna screw students, hate all minorities, are homophobes and want to ban abortion. I watched your buddy Cuomo in that one debate up in Buffalo. Good God he was abhorrent with the lies he told about Astorino, with Rob sitting 1 ft away from him. The race card will backfire against you guys one of these days. Truly embarrassing. View Comment
PR Voter, how about you reveal yourself? You've dropped 10,000 words on this comments board. It's time.
You won't answer the questions posed to you by anyone. You won't even tell us if you or your candidate would have left mold and asbestos in the library where children gather. This is irresponsible of you.
You and the Justin Friedlands of the world lament that money is being spent at a building that YOU deem unfit, but you don't realize that many Sherene supporters are also supporters of the library? This is foolish. It only reveals that you are objecting to try to drag Dave Dow down. It's not working, my friend.
Do you think anyone in their right mind believes that Dave would be a proponent of double digit increases at the TOWN level once on our board? You know better.
And so do the people reading your drivel. View Comment
What are you even talking about? Dave has only a short-term understanding in town affairs? Says who, you? He's lived here 6 years longer than Sherene and has had his sleeves rolled up since day 1. He's involved in more than 99% of the residents who live here. And has a business. Just look at the resume. The POUND RIDGE resume. Dave is well-versed on all the stuff that matters.
Is this Dan? Dude, we can still see the tire marks left from the bus that your team drove over you last year. We know you're gonna vote for Dave. Give it up already. View Comment
"PR Voter" thanks for making the case for Dave even more with your last post. First rule of making a charge: get your numbers correct. The recent increase proposed by the library board was approximately 17%. You've almost doubled the increase with your accusation of fiscal imprudence. Second, the library has been chronically underfunded and neglected for years as compared with regional libraries. Fiscal conservatives are proponents of spending money where it is NEEDED. Would you have proposed they leave the mold and asbestos in the library? Third, the library board is made up of a diverse group of Pound Ridgers (all political persuasions are represented). One of Sherene's supporters who is on that board just penned a letter this week supporting her, but two weeks ago penned one supporting the library budget and correcting Justin Friedland. The average tax increase for each PR home was around $50. Fourth, voter turnout is unfortunately low in every election (school, town, county, library, etc.). Look at the percentage that it passed by, though. 57% yes 43% no So, it wasn't very close to not passing based on those who came out. Fifth, Sherene has been running for town board for two years and in this time has supported things like the rec center ($6 million of taxpayer cash) and TEP ($1.85 million of taxpayer cash)... nice to haves, not needs. Dave wants the real problems in town fixed first -- like the waste water issues in the business district. Fiscal prudence is what we should expect from our elected officials.
Does anyone really believe that Sherene would have voted against the removal of mold and asbestos in the children's room at her town's library? And... if so, is that really who you want to support for town board?
Let's get real, people. View Comment
Hey Nigel, did you ever think that maybe the people here who don't like you feel that way just because you're a name-calling jerk --and not because of race? You should look into that (while you look for real estate in Connecticut). View Comment
Let's turn this back on you, Nigel: do you think Jere Hochman and this group >>> http://eec4justice.com/ are more qualified to discuss issues of race with you and your children than you are? Of course you don't.
I judge people by the content of their character and am surrounded by a large group of diverse friends because that's how MY PARENTS raised me. I credit the The Katonah-Lewisboro school district with much as it related to my academics, but little when it came to my value system. Was my best friend in the world at mostly white John Jay High School black because of the school leading me down a certain path... or was it because of my parents? Did I seek him out in 9th grade because of his skin color... or did I not give a crap about any of that and just started hanging with him because we had math, Spanish and lunch together and played sports? Again, you know the answers.
You should hold this retreat on your own dime. You can swing the cost, apparently. You and Jere can put pins in my voodoo doll together while singing Kumbaya around a carbon-neutral campfire. Maybe Len will show up too. View Comment