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Following the withdrawal from the Development Committee meeting on 8 March, the applications for Bow Wharf did not go to the 5 April committee meeting: mainly because of ongoing negotiations re existing fire engine route, which is to be tested by a fire engine - now the application is back.
On May 16, 2011, The New York State Board of Regents voted to do away with the January administration of the State exams required for high school graduation. City School officials criticized the change, “The State shares our belief in high standards that prepare students for college- so it is somewhat disheartening that the Regents would make a decision that undermines the hopes of high school students who take courses and exams to graduate mid-year,” said Chancellor Dennis Walcott in a statement. There will only be two opportunities to take exams, once in June and once in August.
Transfer schools are especially hard hit by this decision designed to save money, because students will have to wait months between classes and the exams in order to graduate.
The following are excerpts from a petition signed by Principals of NYC Schools:
"However, this cutback - which will save a meager $1.4 million out of $19.4 billion in school aid - will not only have a profoundly harmful short- and long-term consequences for the children in our schools but will, in fact, cost the State of New York money in terms of a higher drop-out rate.”
“Data from just 62 schools working with New Visions for Public Schools shows that in this past January's exam period, students attempted to pass over 27,000 exams and passed more than 9,000 exams. Extrapolated citywide, the number of Regents passes during the January cycle is likely in the tens of thousands. Any cost-savings are illusory or short-sighted at best.”
“At a time when New York City teachers and principals are making strides in reducing the drop-out rate, particularly for Black and Latino students, it is inconceivable that the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo would allow a policy that would reverse these hard-won gains."
The reason for this petition:
1- Our children deserve a better education.
2- Our children deserve to be stress free.
3- Public school system should be treated equal in all states, counties, districts.
4- Teachers should be allowed to TEACH students thier basic skills NOT just test taking.
The KCTCS Board of Regents (BOR)is supporting legislation that would cut the number of faculty, staff and student elected members by half.
Kentucky affiliates of the American Federation of Teachers including the community college and the technical college faculty alliances oppose this effort by the BOR.
AB 540 is a bill that was signed in October 2001 by Governor Gray Davis, which allows undocumented students to receive in-state tuition in California State Universities and Community Colleges. Students need to meet the following criteria:
1)Students must have attended a California High School for at least three (3) years;
2)Student must have graduated from a California High School;
3)Students must submit an affidavit stating that they have filed, or will file, for legal residency status to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
In the original bill presented to Governor Gray Davis, there was a clause that stated that students meeting the specified criteria would also be able to receive federal and state financial aid. However, in order for the Governor to approve the bill, this clause was removed.
It has already been acknowledged by the U.S. Supreme Court that undocumented students are likely to remain in the U.S. and contribute to the economy and society (Plyler vs. Doe). The adversity these students have had to overcome and their diverse backgrounds offer richness and depth to the quality of the educational experience at the UC system, so why shouldn't undocumented students have access to institutions of higher education such as UCLA? Failure to apply AB 540 at the UC, would contradict the basic belief that education is a human right.
Currently, the bill does not apply to the University of California system. In order for AB 540 to be implemented at the University of California level, the UC Regents (the governing board of the University of California) need to vote YES during the January 16-17, 2002 UC Regents Meeting at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).