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Give grade-level grouping plan a chance

April 10, 2013

The transition to the recently adopted grade-level grouping plan in Johnstown for its elementary schools may be difficult for residents, but we encourage everyone to approach the plan with an open......

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Apr-13-13 2:44 PM

more self esteem, feel good about yourself stuff. I keep hearing that this ain't the old days. But I'm still waiting for somebody to tell me what was wrong with the old methods. I see where my granddaughters are with thier education and somehow I thimk we learned more at the same age. The only thing that should be different in education is history because there is so much more of it - math and reading and writing shouldn't have changed

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Apr-13-13 9:05 AM

tot how true

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Apr-12-13 8:36 PM

I'd say that they are going to get what they want whether we vote for it or they make us vote over and over until it passes. Just look at the forced mergers, vote them down and they take that as a maybe because at the very earliest convenience you will be voting on it again until the magical day when it passes. Maybe it will have to be the best of 7 and then stand on the results... at least then you would stand a chance to beat it!

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Apr-12-13 12:33 PM

Great idea Bob. I am sure there are many young teachers just out of collage that would work for less and teach more.

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Apr-12-13 11:50 AM

I'd like to have a vote whether or not our School District employs Union teachers with their bloated salary and pension benefits. Let the people who pay the bill decide.

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Apr-11-13 7:03 PM

The school administrators kept bringing this up over the last several years. It failed each time. The administrators kept pushing it until it was forced down our throats. Why not let the taxpayers vote on it.

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Apr-11-13 12:30 PM

Common sense, Taxes never go down.

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Apr-11-13 10:30 AM

The following is waaay off topic but I have to ask. Re. article: Fonda ok's budget. Can any Fonda property owner explain that since your budget dropped 4.5%, why are your property taxes going up 3.1%?

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Apr-11-13 9:19 AM

Yukon is correct, research indicates this program in it's modern iteration does not work. What our children need is a good education, not constantly changing 'methods'.

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Apr-10-13 6:17 PM

I have talked to a couple of teachers that are involved and they love the idea. I say that if it helps the kids then it may be worth the inconveniences. I believe that schools should be more grade and age appropriate for the kids sake and it also puts them in contact with larger groups that may also benefit their social aptitudes. Something that a few of these posters should try.

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Apr-10-13 5:12 PM

Teachers have an extremely important job.....BUT what is stopping them from working together right now?What is stopping them for meeting "after" school to work together ??NOTHING!A lack of old school volunteerism is a problem.Everyone needs to get paid..Yes it will be a inconvenience to least those who are involved in their childrens education. Other schools mentioned as already doing this are doing it because of low enrollment,especially rural schools.There is no evidence that this works...Lucky for me my kids are out of the GJSD.I doubt it would pass if my groupp of parents still had kids in the grade school level.

.but if this is what the BOE is going to force down the parents throats I hope it is successful.

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Apr-10-13 11:03 AM

This is the Princeton Plan that goes back to the 1940's. If there are ways our kids education is failing them, then curriculum and teacher effectiveness needs to be looked at. How will moving students and teachers around with the same curriculum fix this?

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