I have no kids, and I want my tax dollars used to educate homeless children

If I am supporting the community — then that means all the children in the community — not just those with the benefits of a stable home.

June 2012: LI School Budget Re-Vote results

Long Island School Budget Vote story at Long Island Press: here. All of the nine school budgets on Long Island which were put up for a re-vote on June 19th passed. These include (in alphabetical order):

Wild Election Antics: Battle for records in a local school board race

Update: Josh Lafazan wins! Syosset high school student is youngest elected official in NY State! Story at NBC: here. _____________________________________ A public relations battle about voter records rages in Syosset, Long Island, today. If you reside in the Syosset School District, you may want to figure out today who was wrong and who was right: […]

LI School in national spotlight: Should students be suspended for “Tebowing”?

What happened? Two students (down from four at first) were suspended from Riverhead High School, because they kneeled in a hallway, in a stunt and/or tribute related to Tim Tebow, who kneels on the football field. Is suspension appropriate?

Timely: School bus concerns in NY

*Update with some perspective: This threat was made on April 1st – several days ago, with no incidents in the meantime. In addition, a story at Long Island Press notes that state officials are considering the possibility it was just a really irresponsible April Fool’s joke. Story at Long Island Press: here. KW writes: If […]

Two LI school districts consider bankruptcy

(excerpt from) Newsday 2 LI school districts warn: Cuts could mean bankruptcy by John Hildebrand / September 28, 2010 Roosevelt school leaders have  joined their Wyandanch  counterparts in warning that recent state-aid cuts could mean “devastating” losses of services to students – with some board trustees in both communities raising the specter of bankruptcy… Board […]

Help for Wyandanch School District

Newsday reports: “Wyandanch’s board president says the system should close and send its 1,900 students to other districts nearby.” KW writes: I know that school district issues are complicated. School districts are not just bureaucracies, they are also quasi-governmental entities. Still, I think the bottom line of the current problem with the Wyandanch Schools is […]

Newsday article: Wrong on diversity, wrong on standardized tests

KW writes: I was outraged by a recent Newsday article which put forth a possible theory for declining test scores. Link and excerpt from Newsday article first, my comments below: (excerpt from) Newsday Dip in statewide SAT scores blamed on student diversity by John Hildebrand /September 13, 2010 A report was released showing New York […]

In NY State (including a dozen in Suffolk): Schools put up illegal barriers to educate immigrant students

See video below about where parents can go for help asserting rights at school. NYCLU Analysis: 1 in 5 New York State School Districts Puts Up Illegal Barriers for Immigrant Children July 23, 2010 — The New York Civil Liberties Union today released findings that the school registration requirements in at least 20 percent of […]

Commack – Save the farm update: Vote no! on school board’s plan to sell out, come see community’s plan

The Commack Community Association and other members of the Commack community are fighting a school district plan to sell 9 acres of land, donated to the district, to a developer. The land is the Marion Carll Farm, where school children used to be able to visit for field trips.

“My mom doesn’t have papers…”: A daily drama on Long Island?

Update: July 2010: An excellent report by the NYCLU, with link to a list of some of the offending school districts. If your school district is one of them, think about speaking out to your school board. Be kind to the disadvantaged young people in your community. Kimberly writes: You may have heard the story […]

Newsday Op-Ed about civil rights, fair housing, and school district stats

Andrew Young will visit Long Island on June 2nd, to receive an award from Erase Racism. Howard Glickstein has published an op-ed in Newsday about Andrew Young and Civil Rights.

2010 LI School District Vote: Early Returns

Early returns for Long Island school budget votes. As of 11:36pm, Newsday reports that 10 districts have had their budgets fail so far: Westbury, Port Jefferson, W. Hempstead, Elwood, Herricks, Garden City, Levittown, E. Rockaway, West Babylon, Wyandanch.

Info and Links on School Budget Votes on Long Island for Tues. May 18, 2010

Information and links concerning the school budget votes and school trustee votes on Long Island, New York, which includes Suffolk County school districts and Nassau County school districts.

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