A 3.81% increase in Saranac Lake’s General Fund allocation. Overall $11.555 per $1,000 of assessed value for all residents. We talk risk and reward in many aspects of today’s K&J show.
Tupper Lake Village Trustee Rick Donah updates progress on waterfront planning, beach feasibility and a park master plan.
The Lake Placid School Board considers $731,000 in energy efficient capital projects. The entire project will be paid for with savings following the completion of the upgrades.
President Obama says the “gun lobby” “lied” about the bill and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand weighs in on the issue from the Senate floor.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand weighed in with the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted down a number of gun safety measures:
“Today has been one of the most deeply disappointing days of my short time in the U.S. Senate. Families from coast to coast deserved better from this Congress. The Newtown parents who came to Washington to bravely tell their stories deserved better than this body turning their backs on them. The families of Aurora deserved better. The families of the more than 30 people who die at the hands of gun violence every single day in this country deserved better.
“Today was a missed opportunity to take comprehensive action towards ending senseless, deadly gun violence with truly common sense reforms that do nothing to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
“When 9 out of 10 Americans urge us to act on expanding background checks, and the majority of Americans urge us to get military style assault weapons and ammunition clips of the streets and we still can’t summon the political will to act, this body is more broken than ever before. When even a measure to end the flow of illegal weapons through gun trafficking rings that’s widely supported by law enforcement gets voted down on the Senate floor you have to wonder where common sense has gone in the Senate.
“Today was a setback, but we will continue the fight for these common sense laws aimed to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals.”
A group of parents, teachers and school administrators are presenting A groundbreaking documentary on education tonight called “Race to Nowhere” – This film is one of the first to identify and challenge a one-size-fits-all achievement culture in American schools, and to document its impact on students..
The Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance is sponsoring the screening of the documentary and plans to lead a discussion Afterwards… Zoe Smith is a leading organizer of the Alliance..
Smith says The Parent Faculty Alliance is dedicated to improving education in their schools, and they’ve joined together because of a deep concern for the growing impacts of high-stakes standardized testing on our children. The Screening begins at 6:30pm this evening (Thursday, April 18th) in the Petrova School Auditorium.
Race to Nowhere is a film that the group says has sparked a national conversation and is an opportunity for parents, faculty, and community members to join together to discuss the current system of education.
Called a “must-see movie” by The New York Times and “compelling” by Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education, the film has succeeded in exposing how excessive homework, high-stakes testing, and a cyclical trap of busyness and competition have led to an epidemic of anxious, overworked, and unhealthy young people. The film has been screened in more than 6,000 public and community settings in all 50 states and more than 30 countries since its release in 2010.
“The “Race to Nowhere” is another inconvenient truth. It’s a wake-up call to all of us who care about children, the purpose of schools, and how we define success in American education. And, importantly, it provides viewers with excellent, actionable suggestions of how to begin to address change locally in our schools.” – George Lucas Education Foundation
The film is being sponsored by the SLPFEA, the Saranac Lake Teachers’ Association, and the North Country Community College Massage Club.
To learn more about Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance, like them on Facebook. For more information about the film, www.RacetoNowhere.com
Steven Carder has been selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 1st Team All-American in basketball. Steven and his parents will be accompanied to Las Vegas, Nevada in May by NCCC Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Chad LaDue, where he will join 29 other athletes to be recognized for this outstanding achievement.