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Teaching to the Test

There has always been debate within many communities that linking teacher pay to student assessments – generally speaking, standardized tests – is a flawed assessment for the teacher.  I am beginning to truly believe this to be the case. NYS recently released state math assessment scores for grades 3-8.  While NYS implemented statewide assessments in… Continue reading Teaching to the Test

Just my Thoughts · Politics

NY’s Expanded Bottle Bill

Last fall, Governor David A Paterson of New York began talking about a new, bigger, better bottle bill in NYS.  The original NY bottle bill has been in effect about 25 years and is only on beer and soda bottles and cans.  This bill was an environmental victory as the funds from the bottles and… Continue reading NY’s Expanded Bottle Bill

Just my Thoughts · Politics

Obama’s Possible Army Secretary

Many of my diehard Republican friends were very disappointed with the results of last November’s election.  They were, though, happy to hear that President Obama would keep Secretary Gates on as Secretary of Defense.  Now, Obama is busy filling those “lesser” positions. The most recent rumor – being reported by NPR here – is that… Continue reading Obama’s Possible Army Secretary