Friday, August 23, 2013

A Bridge Too Far?

Rumor has it that the Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy, a.k.a. "The Bridge," to be situated at 364 Warren Street, has encountered some unanticipated problems. Lynn Sloneker has the story on her blog, Unmuffled: "Rumor Patrol: Has the Bridge collapsed?"


  1. Gossips is posting this comment on behalf of the commenter:

    the news that the bridge program, as described by Supt. Potter from the Berkshire school, may not move forward this year is an opportunity for those who imagined it and those who wanted input sooner to come together.
    during every conversation about the who, what, where and when of the proposal, i heard unanimous support for educating all of our children, for new ideas and support for finding the right implementation.
    This is an opportunity for representatives from our schools and representatives from our business communities to work together and initiate programs to promote the best learning environment for all of our students.
    while some students may need alternative methods and spaces, all students can benefit from mentoring programs. the reading mentors, going into its 4th year at MCIS, is a model.
    i know that the most vocal participants in the recent discussions would be among the first at the table. there was never any disagreement about implementing new ways to make all of our students stronger and even more likely to succeed.

    eileen halloran

    1. Eileen is the voice of reason, as usual. She mentions opportunities and one of them is raising the bar for civic self-esteem by collaboration amongst education professionals, parents, businesses, and the kids themselves. Hudson needs to stop permitting mediocrity amongst our elected and appointed officials and start insisting on leadership and common-sense implementations. A population feeling victimized is preventable. As Ann Landers so famously wrote, "No one can take advantage of you without your permission." Let's use this "Bridge" experience as a way to improve life around here, learn from what didn't work, and help the kids.

  2. Sorry, but why is it "our" responsibility to "help" these kids, using vast rivers of public money, especially when from the descriptions these sound like the worst behaved kids in school?

    (I clearly don't buy the "It takes a Village" formula.)

    Why isn't it the kids' or their families' responsibility for them to shape up?

    What about their parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents? 95% of learning and training comes from the home, not the school.

    More public money poured into Hudson's rotten public school system hardly sounds like the formula for any kind of success. The problem with Hudson's and the County's schools is absolutely not lack of money or facilities. Sounds like just another scheme to fatten the income and benefit package for the employees. Good luck getting that tax burden lightened...

    -- Jock Spivy

  3. Saturday afternoon they held a big Mexican/Latin Birthday party at the Old Register building. Tons of Balloons and lots of music. Just something I observed driving by where rear delivery door was wide open and music pumping out into street.