BOE candidates finally reveal their opinions on redistricting and challenging the state’s racial laws

All seem to agree that massive redistricting shouldn’t happen; there’s more disagreement on mounting a legal challenge to the concept of race-based redistricting that Hartford seeks to impose.

I thought this quote from Brian Paldunas, responding to  question about magnet schools, was pretty good (which of course, just means I agree with him – maybe we’re both idiots):

I’m fully supportive of a magnet school focusing on math and science at the elementary level. I would not be supportive of a technology/engineering focus, and that’s coming from a chemical engineer. I think in order to address our achievement gap, within the district and our gap to comparable districts, we need to focus on the basics, and to me engineering and technology are not basics. You need to focus on arithmetic, science and core language arts.

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18 responses to “BOE candidates finally reveal their opinions on redistricting and challenging the state’s racial laws

  1. burningmadolf

    Basics? Why that’s preposterous! Doesn’t this man know that everything must be new? Ideas, buildings, doesn’t matter, just as long as they are new!

  2. Just_looking

    Engineer (EE) here also, also agree.

  3. CEA

    There are 2 issues here: what is best for children, and what catchy “theme” will get the demographically-desired group to move their child.

    They are not necessarily the same thing.

  4. greenITCH

    So while I am in agreement with many of your thoughts on BET , and while no grass roots group has become a 3rd party in town as of yet …with Tamm a no go for Dems .. that leaves applebaum and Erickson …. Sherr and ??? Peldunas supporting multiple teachers in the classroom is not palatable for me …the end game is more teacher jobs and quite frankly id rather invest in a new structure of some sort that can stick around for 80years like the Riverside school building and not be a continuous financial burden …. but I am happy to send some emails and make some calls ( as I will be to see that Sherr gets a spot )

  5. Riverside Dog Walker

    Note that Ramadingdong said very little nor anything insightful in her comments. I think the best election approach is to bullet vote for the two petition candidates, if for no other reason than to send a message.

  6. Anonymous

    Hey Chris,

    Check out the New 12 mobile reporting van and the anchor now in Peggy’s barber shop parking lot (post road across from the J house.) Evidently, she is going to be broadcasting a story for the 5 pm news on the numerous neighborhood complaints around J house noise and “outdoor sexual shenanigans” Sounds steamy….could be good for property values.

    • I’m so removed from the social scene (the entire social scene, but especially as it manifests itself at J House) that I’m not familiar with the goings on there. From what I’ve read, we have amorous bridge &tunnel people driving up to copulate in the surrounding area, which wouldn’t seem to be a property value enhancer, no.

  7. ChillKitty

    That’s funny….Paldunas supports a school that teaches THE BASICS and calls that a “magnet” school. Anyone else see the irony?

  8. ChillKitty

    Is there an echo in here??????

  9. New Buyer

    While I agree with Brain Paldunas’s theory, “basic” math and science cannot be the basis of a magnet school. Of course such a school should have a stellar math/science curriculum that nails the basics. Every neighborhood school should be doing it (sadly they are not). However, a a magnet school curriculum needs to inspire parents to drive their kids across town to a magnet school, and covering the basics alone is not enough. A school with a one-to-one laptop ratio, robotics courses, bridge building, 3x a week comprehensive science classes, an integrated curriculum where kids study photosynthesis in trees, memorize a Walt Whitman poem about trees, study Van Gogh’s paintings of trees . . . that would be a draw. Such a school would benefit all types of student from artistic kids to math “geeks”, an important consideration when you are enrolling a five-year-old.

    • Red Herring

      Yes, that’s called “Private School.”

      • housecat

        Took the words right out of my mouth, RH.

      • New Buyer

        Sad, but true. Which brings me back to why the proposed math/science magnet school — without much much more — will be a waste of time. A charter model, such as Success Academy, that has true autonomy from the BOE and an innovative curriculum might entice parents to hop in the car. More of the same with a few extra science classes? No way.

      • Greenwich Gal

        Yep.

    • housecat

      All snark aside, NB, I think that sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately, the cynic in me says that the State BOE will never allow that to happen. And, I’m not sure our locals would be too interested in doing something like that either. I would totally love to be proved wrong. It’s a great idea. I believe that the multi-disciplinary approach works very well when combined with rigorous study of the basics (Math, English, Science). GW BOE candidates, what say you?

  10. Anonymous

    It still bothers me that we are about to spend a lot of money to create Magnet Schools that have PROVEN to not move the needle in student achievement. What’s the old saying about insanity?

    Also, in a related article there is clear expression by the parents that they don’t want to leave their neighborhood school and yet we are spending a ton of money to entice these people to leave. I think not.

    In sum, this reader is not impressed with any of the responses except Sherr….the others were willing to jump into something without evidence of improving student achievement.

    Nuts.

  11. Greenwich Gal

    The Magent Schools are just a sales tactic for racial redistribution. They are hoping to bring white, upscale students to those schools so they won’t have an achievement disparity.
    As for Peldunas – what he says about the basics does indeed make sense. But quite frankly – I disagree with him about math. I have had an excellent experience with Chicago math and it made sense to my kids, who score in the top percentiles in math. Being a good math student means going over the basics again and again – which Chicago math does – it “spirals” back to make sure kids are getting it and so they don’t get lost when they advance to new concepts. Chicago math also allows kids to use different methods to get to a correct answer. In this way it is an advanced type program allowing kids a bit more intellectual freedom than others.
    My kids did start at the public schools but I quickly grew frustrated and pulled them. I am paying a fortune but I feel it is worth it. The fact that I am a paying customer for a service makes a huge difference. Public Schools simply don’t have the manpower and the resources to compete with the private school model. Class size DOES make a difference. Teachers whose jobs aren’t guaranteed by a union do work harder. (not all but in general) Betty Sternberg used to talk until she was blue in the face about how studies show class size does not make a difference. Baloney.