Op-Ed Columns

Pros, cons of plan looked at

For quite some time, but with greater diligence over the past year and a half, the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education has investigated the concept of grade-level grouping. This approach would realign the district's elementary schools from traditional neighborhood schools to schools grouped by grade level.Why would the district explore this concept? As we all know, the economic climate has placed many of New York's schools in the position of having to cut…
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Time for a meaningful discussion about design

Have you ever been somewhere and thought to yourself, "Wow, this place is cool; I want to spend more time here"? Conversely, maybe you have thought, "O-M-G, get me out of here now."We have all had these reactions at some point and somewhere in our lives. I mean, it's inevitable, right? And it is a rather simple equation: Feel good equals stay; feel bad equals escape.Does the place you live make you feel good or…
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Students in sports can thrive

By JOHN METALLOU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced a decision that requires schools to allow students with disabilities to participate in interscholastic athletics. Specifically, the decision noted, "Disabled students who want to play for their school could join traditional teams if officials can make 'reasonable modifications' to accommodate them." If those adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport or give the student an advantage, the department is directing the school to create parallel athletic…
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New plan laughable

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's New York Education Commission recently issued its first report, and it is laughable at best. The work of this commission is rivaled only by the work done by most legislators when it comes to providing simplistic answers to very complex problems. It also shows the lack of understanding the members of the commission have about the intricacies of public education and the history of education in New York state.According to the commission's…
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