Good Wednesday morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Clarkstown schools: Editorial
It’s Sunshine Week, a period in which the nation heralds open government, but you might not know that given the recent actions of the Clarkstown School District’s Board of Education. The board convened Monday for a rare morning meeting that was held entirely in executive session. Another executive session is set for 7 p.m. today. A school official acknowledged that the board’s sessions are focused on Margaret Keller-Cogan, the district’s superintendent. We write:
… After Monday’s meeting, board members appeared visibly upset after their closed-door session. An unidentified school official told The Journal News that the board is struggling to decide Keller-Cogan’s future. Yet three executive sessions will have taken place before any public input has been secured on what has been a very poorly kept secret. In January 2010, [School Board President Phil] DeGaetano defended the board when residents complained they had not been notified of meetings. He said then: “We are not in the business of hiding anything from the people. I want the people to come to the meeting and voice their opinion.” We hope that is true today. In the spirit of Sunshine Week, DeGaetano and the board can make the public session a lot more productive by being more forthcoming, with an obviously interested school community, about what they are up to and exactly what they are trying to achieve.
Cuomo’s funding cuts for 4201 schools: Commentary
Robert S. Cole, a Bronxville resident and self-described advocate for people with disabilities, responds to a March 10 commentary authored by state Budget Director Bob Megna on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reform funding for so-called 42011 schools that cater to blind and deaf students.
Mandate panel flunked its test: Editorial, Newsday
State sullied by more ethics cases: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
Albany still a sewer: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Recommit to safety in U.S. nuclear power plants: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
An affront to reform: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Assessing the Legislature’s plan for the budget: Editorial, Watertown Daily Times