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MAC July 05, 2014 at 01:34 AM
We went to see "America, Imagine the World Without Her" Wednesday. It was both inspiringRead Morea nd highly educational, with beautiful cinematography of our national parks, monuments and stunning scenes from "sea to shining sea." From the unique perspective of a legal immigrant and citizen, Dinesh D'Souza, one can learn much as well as become more aware of and grateful for the blessings of being an American.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------We were also educated as to some of the threats to our Nation, and our Liberties, from sources within our boundaries. Those threats include people such as Bill Ayers, the followers of Saul Alinsky (including Obama and Hillary), and the specious and incomplete 'history' of our nation, taught in our public schools, from the textbook by Communist Howard Zinn.
Fed Up June 30, 2014 at 09:08 PM
Don't you have better things to moan and groan about.Maybe you should give the Darwin award toRead Moreyours elf.Better yet maybe you should stay of the road.
Debbie Gatto June 19, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Sorry - the alignment of the prices didn't come out right. Lake Compounce tix are $39.99 at theRead Moregat e or $28 with us. The Six Flags tix are $54.99 at the gate or $36 with us. All tickets are not dated and can be used any day this season. Come see us at Parks and Rec!
Dave June 01, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Mark are you now repeating you posts? Or is it a copy and paste from someone else s post? seem toRead Moreha ve read that in an earlier story last week. My position on the budgets were that we were getting a tax increase I felt was too high, initiating programs that were not being funded by grand list growth. If you have read any of my post you would have know FDK was part of the unfunded programs you would of have also read that Connellan was leaving and he is the one with the budget #s that an entire committee said would cost double what he proposed. Then you would also see if you read the Vally Independent Sentinel how the #s game is being played in Shelton to appease 333kindergarten parents. If you care about having the money next year for your program you will need to spend time and pay attention to the Town of Oxford and not just the BOE budget.
Linda Czaplinski June 02, 2014 at 01:32 PM
One thing our BOE and next superintendent need to do is become intimate with what common core isRead Moreand is not. Presentations such as these are popping up all over the country; one of the education experts, Dr. Strotsky, spoke at the hearing this year in Hartford and gave us tangible reason to be concerned. Here is a link to the first speak from a presentation last evening in Sherman, CT. There were several presenters last night. If we really want educational excellence we need local control and to not be seduced by money. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngxCUMxQM-c
T-Bone June 03, 2014 at 06:19 PM
So, forgetting about anything in regard to content and curriculum standards, Linda, you'reRead Moresuggestin g that the taxpayers should not be "seduced by money," in town where they won't even pass a budget? Who's making up the difference?
Joe Blow May 31, 2014 at 02:49 PM
EXCELLENT article Linda!!!
Slappy McDoodlebottom May 31, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Linda very elightening I agree with you and the author. Kids should pursue the kind of educationRead Moreth ey want to receive. No one should decide how kids are schooled it is all propaganda of the teachers union... Why indoctrinate and incaricate our children... "Ultimately we want to create a society where each individual is free to pursue the type of education that most appeals to his or her passion, need, and learning style to promote critical thinking and creative expression. In order to achieve this, we cannot resort to the usual state school solutions — throwing more money at a fundamentally flawed system will not help in the long run. Instead we want to encourage strategies that break down the state monopoly on education and empower all people to choose where and how they want to learn. Clearly this will require that people have more of their own money to choose how to spend. As it is now, everyone is paying for a dangerous and unproductive system of forced “schooling” that virtually incarcerates and indoctrinates children for over a decade"
Linda Czaplinski May 31, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Common Core will push us further into the abyss of government control. We need to fight thatRead Moreagenda with all our might. Government dangles the carrot of money - it all comes from the same place in the end - our pockets. We HAVE GOT TO CHANGE our own state government so that we stand up to the feds. The more $$ we keep at home, the more local control. There is nothing we cannot fix in our own backyard.
T-Bone May 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Publicola, in all seriousness, seeing as we all have the most influence over our local educationalRead Mores ystem and fixing America's educational issues is a much larger task, do you feel that the Oxford BoE and the Oxford school system is wasting people's money and if so, how?
Publicola May 14, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Dear T-B, Oxford’s enrollment peaked in the 10/11 SY, and has declined steadily since. TheRead Moreen rollment projected for next year is down almost 300 since that peak, yet there has been no obvious impact to an ever-rising baseline. With the budget that was proposed for last night’s referendum, the district would have received a four year increase of over $2,700,000. That’s almost a constant 3% annual increase during a tough economic period when many households are feeling the impact. I believe many are questioning why is the cost of education increasing at such a rate when the enrollment is declining. I referenced Newtown, not for any reason associated with the size of their budget, but rather for the fact that they have experienced a similar enrollment decline issue. Their solution was to reduce staff, which seems a natural solution. To their voters this year, they presented a zero increase, so I am told. I question if our BoF should consider similar or close to, and believe the BoE could handle it with minimal negative impact to programs.
Publicola May 14, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Regarding the bigger problem, may I suggest you begin with Labriola, Kane, and Himes. Insist they Read Moreassemble close by, ask the hard questions, and demand serious thoughtful answers, followed by similar actions.
Jerry2911 May 10, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Apparently Matthew walks to work and doesn't own a boat, motor home or other personal property that Read Morethe mill rate is applied to. And no, I don't have a boat or motor home but other residents do. If you are going to post, please consider the big picture. This is not a party issue. Many families are challenged to pay their bills every month without adding additional taxes. So many have been on furlough, pay cuts, no pay raises and the cost of living keeps going up. CTL&P just applied to raise our electric rates come the end of the year in the dead of winter. The madness needs to stop so that a hard working family actually has a little money at the end of the month. CT is taxing people right out of the state. Does Oxford really need to help with that?
William Ryan May 10, 2014 at 09:19 AM
The Will Wilken post in the Tradereform.org blog yesterday is exceptional in thought andRead Morecontent.Thi s is why I joined the group. I only wish that more Americans know of this critical thinking from Will to save our jobs and economy.
Judy D. May 14, 2014 at 05:01 PM
The town has had a surplus for years, what does that mean, spend the money? 1.4 million would beRead Moreswa llowed up in weeks.
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