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Rob C July 17, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Biggest threat to kids in schools is a nut job with a bag full of weapons. Only way to have anyRead More successful defense against that is to have a select few teachers with weapons of their own that are willing to respond if such an incident were to happen. Throw them a little extra in the paycheck for the service they are providing. Much better to already have people on site ready to respond immediately and deal with the threat than to call police and wait 5 minutes for them to show, then another 5-10 minutes while they decide what to do and then end up just going in to clean up the mess when it is all done. The rest covered in the report is pretty basic and not sure why a committee had to be put together to discuss it.
Matt July 17, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Are you kidding Give teachers guns? I consider some of the teachers to be crazy.
Jason July 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm
We need ED-209's at every school.
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DynoMutt July 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm
Wait until the new arrivals from Guatemala are released from immigration detention and they findRead More their way to our schools. Did you hear of the new Lynn HS student. Gray hair, beard, does not speak a word of english? Not kidding folks. Just wait, your country is dying in front of your eyes.
DynoMutt July 14, 2014 at 11:58 pm
Now the rapists and murderers and gang members from Ecuador and Guatemala will be unleashed on theRead More population of MA in the coming months thanks to open borders. These Illegal petri dishes will soon be bringing back diseases which were eradicated in the US till late. Starting in the schools and working their way into your living rooms in no time. THANK YOU MR. OAFBAMA! THANK YOU!
Shanon Dahlstrom July 15, 2014 at 07:26 am
I'm glad to see more people are aware of Common Core and what comes with it. We could have debatedRead More the standards openly, like what was done during Ed Reform in the early 90s, but it was rushed through with minimal input and debate. The government pushed to add tons of strings to the standards (the testing (PARCC), teacher evalulations based on junk science of VAM, data mining of our children without our consent, waivers for No Child Left Behind), and no one who approved these standards for MA stopped and said...hhmmmmm, maybe we should find out what this costs or if these methods are proven. In fact, it is the opposite. I wish we could stop what is going on and have open and honest debate about the quality of the standards but the MA DESE seems bent on their agenda. Common Core Forum is working on stopping PARCC, creating legislation to stop Common Core and PARCC and help push education control back to local communities and parents. Look them up on Facebook and stay alert for current information, lobby days, and other meaningful agendas to help people across the state get us out from underneath Common Core and all of the strings.
Marlene July 2, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Stoughton Parent---it's not that we are smarter. It's that we use actual real world numbers whereasRead More the Superintendent, the Town Manager, and the Fincom people use incorrect and projected numbers given to them by the Superintendent. That was obvious from the beginning. Mr. Soares, Ms. Enokian, and Dr. Ural could see that and tried to explain it to those who would listen. It seems that Dr. Brown has seen the light and has come to the same conclusion as well, which is why she signed the deal. AGAIN, it's not that the Fincom and TM's calculations are incorrect. It's that they are starting off with faulty numbers and faulty assumptions. If you start with faulty numbers you come to a faulty result. It's that simple. Really not that hard to understand. This contract is not at all different,(and in some cases less) than the previous contracts dating back to 2004. You can keep saying it will "be a disaster", but the facts just don't back it up. I'm sorry that is so hard for you to understand.
Stoughton Taxpayer July 2, 2014 at 08:45 pm
Marlene -- I am trying to sort things out. What are the faulty numbers Fincom and TM used and whatRead More are the faulty assumptions? How do you know they are faulty? Are you a teacher or related to a teacher? The Fincom and TM breakdowns are posted so we can read them. The figures and assumptions do not look to be unreasonable. Are the STA's figures and assumptions posted? What makes them more reliable? If the STA is wrong, will they give back the money or reopen the contract? If they are wrong, there will be no money to improve the schools (like more aides, reading and math specialists and others to support classroom teachers), and the contract will pit the schools against the rest of the town departments. If this happens, what will STA do to make it right so we don't have to layoff younger teachers to pay for raises, or worse cutback police, fire, DPW, library to pay the raises? I saw Mr. Soares on SMAC at town meeting and fincom meetings, and both he and Mrs. Enokian on the debates and disagree with you. They sure do not understand the finances at all. I saw Ural's explanation of the contract on SMAC, too. He does not have a clue. What will these 3 do to make things right if the contract turns out to be as bad a deal as it could and the STA just stands its ground?
Marlene July 3, 2014 at 12:52 am
Hi Stoughton Taxpayer. I will be happy to answer all of your questions. I have already posted all ofRead More the answers to your questions on previous comment boards, but I will do it again here b/c you asked so nicely! I am not a teacher or a member of any union. I'm just a citizen who has been following this story closely from day one. The examples of faulty numbers I am about to give are not disputed by either side of the isle on this issue. There are many many of them, so I will just give you the highlights. • A nurse and her salary were double counted • A teacher was counted twice – once with maiden name and once with married name • Part-time employees were counted with full-time salaries • 2 teachers who are retiring in June 2014 are listed through 2017 • 4 teachers and 1 administrator who have submitted irrevocable letters of intent to retire in June 2015 are listed through 2017...... -The numbers used by Fincom and the TM assume ZERO (0) teachers retiring or leaving the Stoughton Public Schools and ZERO(0) new hires until 2018. Each retirement is estimated to save approx. $45,000 as a new teacher will be hired at step 1. Here is a breakdown of the ACTUAL number of new hires over the past 4 years------ FY ‘ 11 (29) FY ’12 (34) FY ’13 (37)FY ’14 (57) Again, these are just the highlights that are not even under dispute by either side. You are correct when you say that the Fincom and TM numbers are accurate. They are accurate based on the faulty assumptions (plus more) that I have listed above. What happens is, that when you use faulty projected numbers, you will end up getting a faulty result. I'm not sure why they are using faulty numbers that they know to be faulty, other than the fact that this is a very political situation. Also, from what I have seen in the past, the STA is very close with the Police and Fire Departments of the Town. They always support each other in every instance when it comes to contracts. I have seen members of each union show up to support each other at various meetings. So the STA is not going to vote on something that would impact Police and Fire negatively b/c they are all on the same side. Also, I'd like to mention that this contract that was just approved added a 1% COLA for 2013(retro-active), a 1% COLA for 2014 BOY, a 1% COLA for 2015 BOY, a 1% COLA for 2016 BOY, a 1% COLA 2016 EOY, and a 1% COLA 2017 BOY. Now here is the comparison to the past two contracts starting back in FY 07 contract.....2.5% COLA for 2007,2.5% COLA 2008, 2.5% COLA 2009......Now the FY 10 contract....1% COLA 2010, 1% COLA 2011, 2% MOY COLA 2013............So as you can see, the current COLA's are in line(and in some cases much less) than the COLA's over the past 2 contracts. So it doesn't make sense that all of a sudden these COLA's(which are the same or less than the previous two contracts) would suddenly bankrupt the town or cause massive layoffs. Also, one last point. Using the exact methods of calculations being used by Fincom and the TM for this new contract, the previous contract in FY 10 should have had a three year wage expenditure of 18.8% over three years. The ACTUAL wage expenditure of those three years turned out to be only 3.7%. Again, that's because tons of money is saved every year by people leaving and retiring from the system. I hope I have answered your questions. If you have any more I'd be happy to help.
Stoughton Parent is Obsessed with Sheep June 27, 2014 at 11:28 pm
Stoughton Parent took a trip to England lastRead More January............................http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/man-accused-of-trying-to-have-sex-with-sheep-near-spurs-training-ground-was-just-relaxing-court-told-9093502.html
Stoughton Parent June 28, 2014 at 01:42 am
What a disgusting pig. "Dr" Erdum is very proud of his sheep I'm sure. If your're not himRead More to begin with.
Stoughton Parent is Obsessed with Sheep June 28, 2014 at 01:45 am
A great gift for Stoughton Parent's nextRead More birthday..........http://www.amazon.com/Inflatable-Sheep-Bachelor-Party-Supplies/dp/B009I6JMME
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Christine Millerick June 23, 2014 at 10:09 am
This is great news...congratulations to our Massachusetts teens! Safe driving will lead to betterRead More rates on your auto insurance, as will good grades (usually B or better) Would you like a quote from a local, Trusted Choice agent? http://elliotwhittier.com/get-a-quote-personal/ Thanks and keep driving safe!
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Nick Low June 21, 2014 at 11:15 am
If you think no one ever had a problem with the name you're full of it. (Of course I know you,Read More Deva, are just a racist troll). But yeah, it's not as bad as the n-word but probably about the equivalent of the word "coon" for an African-American. And let's not forget that the Redskins belong to an association that can probably make them do just about anything, as in the Donald Sterling case. Oh and anyone making Aaron Hernanadez jokes should probably just kill themselves.
brigara June 21, 2014 at 02:05 pm
The name is racist and just wrong to use. I understand the history and tradition associated with aRead More name and an organization but changing a name is about more than being PC. The National Congress of American Indians have made many statements of disapproval of the name. It is ok to reevaluate and recognize if something is in bad taste and in some cases to some it is a blatant slur. SD your comment, "Native Americans who lived on reservations wrote in to say they were NOT offended!" sounds like here say to me... I personally choose to listen to the words expressed by the collective governing boards over a few third hand opinions you might "know". I want to teach my children to respect other people and if a name for a team is disparaging or racist to a population then I want to listen to these people and respect that. I am sure we could all come up with a name that our students are worthy to wear on their shirts. This same organization has rallied to push for the change of these team names. Why do we not listen to them?? We should want our town and our children represented in the best way. I don't think with the team name we have now it represents us well at all. It actually seems quite ignorant to me to continue on with the name. http://www.changethemascot.org/ http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/redskins/2013/10/11/national-congress-american-indians-report-redskins-name/2965075/
Lawrence Lavargna June 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm
If i lived in DC I'd register both the name and logo, which is now available, open up a bar &Read More grill called Washington Redskins. The specialties would include Red skinned potato salad, Red skinned french fries etc. The potential to make a bundle is there. I'd have a clothing line with the emblem on the front and menu on the back of every shirt. To hell with the NFL and all the moonbats. I'd love them to protest...free publicity...look at Chick fillet.
Fiscal Conservative June 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Since the last new sport started at the high school (Volleyball) was not completely funded by theRead More School Department for its first 2 years (Volleyball had to raise $12,000 and $6,000 each of the first two years), I certainly hope that the LAX programs would have to do the same for BOTH a boys and girls program. If the School Department doesn't do the same, it will have discriminated against this one program. Also, a Freshman coach was never funded, the varsity coach also coached the Freshman team for no compensation. The LAX program should experience the same growing pains as Volleyball did. This should hold true, in the future, for any new program that comes into existence. This is to include all extra curricula activities. Make sure there is a lasting interest before fully funding a program. This way funds are not wasted on purchasing equipment for a short term program. Tax payers deserve to have their money utilized properly and to the fullest, unlike past practice.
The MIAA was involved in controversy over the weekend. (Matt Schooley Photo)
Tom June 12, 2014 at 05:02 pm
The MIAA has repeatedly re-scheduled during SAT and other academic events. Perhaps it will beRead More illegal soon. http://www.gazettenet.com/home/12297960-95/john-scibak-miaa-fails-test-of-educational-priorities-with-refusal-to-fix-game-conflict
Marcia Reinhagen Sullivan June 13, 2014 at 08:05 am
Fred, in the real world, taking the SAT would be the job, since they are students first and playingRead More a game would come in a distant second. The MIAA was way out of line in this.
Fred Hammer June 13, 2014 at 09:04 am
lets have mommy and daddy keep complaining why not let the kids figure it out parents keepRead More complaining
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Leo Kokokocks June 18, 2014 at 02:03 pm
If the legal claims are the issue then another option could be as follows: The STA gives up the +625Read More for the top steps in FY's 14 and 15 and are granted the +625 increase in the top step for FY's 16 and 17 plus a one time payment of $1250 at the beginning of FY 2014 ONLY. Also, the STA would withdraw all legal claims. That way all legal claims will be over.
Leo Kokokocks June 18, 2014 at 02:06 pm
If the legal claims are the issue then another option could be as follows: The STA gives up the +625Read More for the top steps in FY's 14 and 15 and are granted the +625 increase in the top step for FY's 16 and 17 plus a one time payment of $1250 at the beginning of FY 2014 ONLY. Also, the STA would withdraw all legal claims. That way all legal claims will be over. Just throwing some ideas out there in hopes anyone involved reads them or hasn't thought of them yet.
Leo Kokokocks June 18, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Idea #3. FY14 no +625 added to the top step. But each teacher receives a one time payment of $1250Read More at the beginning of FY14. Then, when each following year is over....we calculate the savings from each years previous retired teachers and those who have left(using ACCURATE FIGURES) and add that amount to the top steps in each year until FY 17. This would solve the problem of "not knowing" if a teacher who says they are retiring, really are or are coming back(because the teacher would have already retired). I'm not even sure this is possible or too convoluted, but I'm just throwing stuff out there. It's better than nothing, which is what we are getting now!
Leave RI June 2, 2014 at 09:33 am
Hahahaha..have to agree that Ru Paul and the poopflinger in the DC shithouse are just someRead More contradictions in their false Chill-cago pimp clothes. Although Moose-shell could put away some chicken and bbq it couldn't make any better of a decision then it's spouse.
Jake Raposa June 2, 2014 at 01:40 pm
Hey Tricia DiPasquale calm down with the essays. this isnt english class....ANYWAYS! haha butRead More honestly who cares if a kid has a couple of twinkies and has diabetes, its his life. wheres the freedom in america now a days? shake my head....
Paige Edwards Sullivan June 20, 2014 at 01:26 am
Federal government has to get out of the education business - we see how well they are handlingRead More healthcare (ACA/VA). Funding should not be tied to either the lunch programs or the 'Common Core' standards - (that are actually lower than what Massachusetts had in the first place). I agree schools should not be serving 'junk' but it should be up to each local DOE. Believe me if there is an issue the parents will make it known.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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Stoughton Parent June 4, 2014 at 09:50 am
Just quoting "Dr" Erdum on the lapdogs.
Marlene June 4, 2014 at 01:31 pm
I'll elaborate on Stoughton Parent's comments for you, Scott M. Stoughton Parent is is no possessionRead More of any intel the rest of us are not privy to. He's just a misinformed/willfully ignorant hater who for some reason likes to spew nonsense on these comment boards. As my comments above to Ed show, this contract was fair and would have in no way contributed to layoffs or a 2 1/2 override. But they think if they keep saying it will, then it will magically become true. The facts are the facts.
Marlene June 4, 2014 at 01:33 pm
My reply to Ed above seems to not be showing up..So I will post it here again: Hi Ed. Let meRead More explain. The lawsuit the teachers won was for illegally withheld step increases for fiscal year 13/14 which is now ending. The SC illegally withheld those step increases as a bargaining tactic. So the teachers are going to be getting the back pay they were owed for this school year which is about to conclude. The sta has a right now to sue the SC for this violation which,if won, would cost 1.5 million dollars to the town. As part of the tentative agreement that was just shot down, the sta agreed to first, not taking the interest on the illegally held step raises(which equals about 50k, and second to drop all lawsuits(including the 1.5 million dollar one I mentioned) in turn for the contract being ratified. So basically, by the SC not ratifying the agreed contract they just cost the town over 1.5 million dollars. As far as the rejected contract goes, here's the info. During negotiations the sta was asking for 2.5 percent cost of living increase for the next 3 years. During negotiations, the SC bargained down to 1percent Cost of living increase for the next 3 years. So the sta wanted a 7.5 cost of living increase over 3 years. They got a 3percent cost of living increase over 3 years. Pretty fair deal if you ask me. That's less than half of what they asked for! As far as the fuzzy math goes, we need to start off with the knowledge of what has already occurred in the past. It is now known that the Superintendent(and her friends on the SC) overestimated the budget by 160,000 for two years in a row(by doing such things as counting a teacher who got married and changed her last name,as two people, by counting mid year hires as taking a full salary, etc.) So they do not have a good track record of accurate numbers. Second, Dr. ural's powerpont presentation.clearly showed the accurate numbers based on real numbers. The SC knows their numbers are not for real, yet they keep repeating the lie that this will lead to massive layoffs and millions of dollars. Why would the STA, along with the help of a mediator, agree to a contract with the SC bargaining team that would lead to 50 layoffs? It just doesn't make sense. It's just a scare tactic in this political game. The fact is, is was a very fair deal and the reason it was shot down was purely political, which is a shame bc the teachers, students, and residence deserve better than to have two members of the SC and the Town Manager toying with so meant people's lives. Oh. I forgot to mention. Here's how the step increases work. The way the system is set up, a teacher starts her first year of teaching at a relatively low salary. As she gains experience each year she moves up one step and gets a bit of an increase, until after 14 years the steps end where 14 is the top step. Makes sense, right? Teachers start at a low salary and as they gain more experience through the years they gradually make more money until they reach step 14. Once the teacher reaches 14 years the steps stop. So only the teachers in their first 14 years get annual step increases as a trade off for a relatively low starting salary. So in year 15 and on there is no increase. So steps are already built into the system....kind of why it was illegal for the SC to withhold them. What we are talking about above is a simple cost of living increase, something totally different. Do you understand now? Hope I helped.
mom2qts May 22, 2014 at 02:56 pm
AFAIK, there was nothing up with this meeting in particular. Open Meeting laws require a 48 hourRead More notice that a meeting is scheduled. While Town Meeting is taking place the SC usually have meetings scheduled in case they need to discuss something that comes up in Town Meeting.
Doc Ural May 22, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Pat, I do not know what you mean with illegal meetings. Please explain. Canceling the May 20Read More meeting was the will of the board. Lately, Town Manager Hartman, and Mr. James Kelley have been religously attending all school committee meetings. We also grew accustomed to seeing Chairman Recupero in our meetings. Since there was a selectmen meeting scheduled at the same time, we did not wish to deny them the pleasure. Also, Ms. Husseini expressed her intention to attend the Selectmen meeting on the 20th.
Stoughton Parent May 23, 2014 at 06:20 am
Your 4-16 meeting was clearly illegal "Dr". School committee meetings are to be held onRead More school property, that was illegal. Second illegal thing was only the chair can call a majority meeting and that was not the case. Third illegal item was a member of the committee was not even invited to vote, she being the only minority also. Also clearly illegal. Your train wreck of an illegal meeting was just that, an illegal meeting.
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John Doe May 20, 2014 at 11:09 am
If she had actually GONE to college, she would have known this wouldn't work...LOL
Joe Viglione May 20, 2014 at 11:14 am
Why didn't she just transfer to another school and buy herself another year, or something lessRead More drastic?
Ken B. May 20, 2014 at 06:38 pm
Mom gets a "Darwin" as well for sending her all that money....Who was she writing theRead More checks to ?
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MoonBeamWatcher May 17, 2014 at 01:33 pm
Ms. Abramson showed great class - the students should show some as well by not showing up. ExcellentRead More opportunity to prove they have been taught "SHAME", "HONOR" and "INTEGRITY"!
mardi sawyer May 17, 2014 at 04:03 pm
The libs just don't like anyone with a different opinion! Liberalism is a disease and must beRead More eradicated!
Waverly Watchdog May 19, 2014 at 01:09 pm
This is an object lesson in Liberal/Progressive HYPOCRACY. The Left continuously propagandizes theRead More 'War on Women'. Hardly a day goes by when Obama or Reid don't spout that bogus, nonsenseical claim. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The REAL war on women comes from Sharia Law. Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has seen it's horrors FIRST HAND. But the ostriches of the Progressive Left don't WANT TO HEAR things that go against their world view. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Exactly the same thing applies to the kidnapped school kids, to be sold as sex slaves, by Islamic Radicals. The Twitter campaign by 'celebs' and the beautiful people, like Michelle Obama, is simply ludicrous. Calling a radical terrorist a pussycat, does NOT make it a pussycat... no matter HOW hard you wish it. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And now, the NYT, the self-proclaimed paper of record, and a Progressive stronghold, has outed it's first woman Editor. I'd bet she now has a lot of things to say about the REAL war on women.... FROM THE LEFT
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Myron Dittmer May 25, 2014 at 09:19 am
We need to get the Washington bureaucrats out of the education business! All they are good for isRead More too make things more bureaucratic and to serve their own needs and agendas. It's tough enough dealing with local and state bureaucrats. Get rid of the federal DOE! Remember that "Common Core" means mediocrity. Mass doesn't need it!
Amy Buttiglieri May 25, 2014 at 09:39 am
The key to winning is to give people something to fight FOR. In Massachusetts, it's MCAS. MCAS hasRead More raised our state to tops in the world, not just the US. As a parent, I want the best for my children - let me fight to keep MCAS. See the psychology of it?
Wind Dummy 25 May 25, 2014 at 08:11 pm
Myron gets it. Imagine all those hacks who are likely out of their fields, forming curriculum? ThisRead More can't be good. Back to parent teacher principle vice principle and neighbors with kids leading the way in appropriate discussions. Not more radom studies that categorize students and eat recourses.
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