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12/27/15 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO A Shelter Island Police officer responded to a story about police salaries.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
A Shelter Island Police officer responded to a story about police salaries.

Apples to apples?
To the Editor:
Your front page article (“Island cops paid higher than state average,” December 17) had some serious flaws in its comparison methodology. (more…)

12/22/15 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Congressman Lee Zeldin.

COURTESY PHOTO|  Congressman Lee Zeldin.

Reporter editorials have praised Representative Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the Island’s representative in Congress, for his strong voice on local issues that can make a difference.

He has been unwavering in opposing helicopter noise strafing the Island and other East End communities, making our case with the Federal Aviation Administration. On Common Core educational standards he’s been even better, introducing the Zeldin amendment that ensures no school district is penalized for opting out of the one-size-fits-all curriculum imposed on educators.

We applaud him again for standing his ground and raising his voice on these issues. We can’t, however, agree with him when it comes to American foreign policy or guns. (more…)

09/08/15 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent JULIE LANE PHOTO School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik wants Common Core changes to reflect more local control.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent JULIE LANE PHOTO
School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik wants Common Core changes to reflect more local control.

Shelter Island School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik is “cautiously optimistic” about what he’s hearing from Albany about Common Core.

That applies to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s critical statements he’s directed to new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about the implementation of standardized student testing. Mr. Cuomo, who had been a vocal supporter of state-mandated tests, has obviously changed his mind after facing a growing chorus of parents and educators across the state protesting the new standards. (more…)

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05/04/15 8:00am
GETTY IMAGES/STOCK PHOTO | Almost half of Island students opted out of recent standardized tests.

GETTY IMAGES/STOCK PHOTO | Almost half of Island students opted out of recent standardized tests.

A tragic event
To the Editor:
The fact that 47 percent of the students in the 3rd to 8th grades (or their parents) opted out of the recent Common Core Test (“Islanders join movement against standardized testing,” April 23) should be a source of profound embarrassment to the parents, the school board, the superintendent, the teachers and your newspaper. (more…)

04/20/15 12:02pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik hadn’t expected almost half of eligible students to opt out of Common Core testing this month.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik hadn’t expected almost half of eligible students to opt out of Common Core testing this month.

Shelter Island Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik was anticipating a few students might opt out of the Common Core state exams.  But statistics he confirmed Monday morning show  almost half the students in grades three to eight opted out of the tests. (more…)