It’s commencement day for graduates of St. Lawrence Universityand SUNY Potsdam. universities. They’re getting advice, respectively, from NBC newsman Tom Brokaw, and Art Schoer, a Potsdam alum who’s a founder of the Actor’s Institute.
The Plattsburgh Press Republican has advice for the Akwesasne Mohawks: diversify the reservation economy:
We aren’t judging the morality issues involved in the heavy dependence on gaming and cigarette revenue. This is a business issue, and the economy would be stronger if the tribe had more major income producers to provide income and jobs.
The Glens Falls Post Star is continuing an exit poll taken as people emerged from voting on school budgets Tuesday. The picture won’t be much better, if any, for schools next year, the paper says, “Next year could be even worse.”
It urges people to start setting longterm priorities for their schools now, and asked voters which three (of12) NON-mandated offerings they’d save:
Remember, you only get three: Enrichment programs (K-8); variety of elective course offerings (grades 9-12); art programs (beyond mandates); music programs (beyond mandates); foreign languages (beyond mandates); class sizes; interscholastic athletics; extracurricular clubs and activities; classroom technology upgrades; field trips; staff development to improve teaching and learning; and advanced academic programming (AP courses, etc.).
Tough one, isn’t it?
What are you telling YOUR school board?