– The Class of 2012 will soon graduate from the state’s high schools, but it will be another year before we can see school districts’ graduation rates. The Syracuse Post-Standard took the state to task for not releasing the data sooner in an article about that city’s efforts to improve graduate rates (scroll to bottom of article):
Parents, taxpayers and the public in New York State routinely wait a year or so to learn the high school graduation rates.
The Syracuse district has unofficial graduation numbers but the state asks districts not to release the rates until the state verifies them, a state spokesman said. The state expects to release the 2011 numbers later this month, he said.
The Post-Standard has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the numbers from the state, but the state has not released the numbers. Robert Freemen, executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, says the information is public and should be released.
I believe the state’s verification of the data is extremely important, especially in an era the graduation rate is politically sensitive. But there’s no way it should take a year.
– A Virginia teacher made her termination hearing public. Her compelling story makes the case for why tenure and unions can be incredibly important. Her story is the must-read of the day.
– East Rochester wants to demolish its village offices and move next door. Village officials say the move would create more parking for village shops. It’s an expensive proposition to create parking spaces.
– Governor Cuomo wants to decriminalize having small amounts of marijuana in public. Smoking it in public would still be a misdemeanor, but possessing less than 25 grams would be a violation, akin to a traffic ticket.
– New York State’s county clerks can issue their own special license plates. One clerk issues them with her initials. Critics say the little-known plates give the appearance the driver is politically-connected during traffic stops.
– Rochester scared its pesky crows away with firecrackers. A Chicago suburb dealing with pesky pigeons has another solution – gas them.