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TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union * STORM INFORMATION: - About 770 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 850 miles southwest of Montauk Point NY - 30.7N 80.1W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 13 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur across New York City, Northeast New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening, and eastern sections Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across Long Island, southern Westchester and southern Connecticut, and the New York City and New Jersey Metro areas. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area Tuesday night. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeast New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - In hilly terrain, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys, and increase susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out. * WIND: Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * SURGE: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * TORNADOES: Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

Overhauling Our System of Education

Have our schools become wastelands of human potential and has our teaching profession become a group of unskilled educated babysitters? Many parents, fellow educators, and even students would say yes! That is a very sad ...

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Have our schools become wastelands of human potential and has our teaching profession become a group of unskilled educated babysitters? Many parents, fellow educators, and even students would say yes! That is a very sad commentary on our American educational system.

For most of us, our schools have become the center and power structure within many of our small communities. In our culture, our teachers probably spend more time with our children than most of our parents.

Most of the young people I know love going to school but don t love going to class. School is probably the only place that many at risk students and other students for that matter feel loved and accepted. For some people, their teachers are the only adults with which they feel a positive life-giving connection.

Unfortunately, as our culture has radically changed and our society has been transformed for better or for worse, by modern technology, our schools have been stuck in a factory model of the industrial age. As the late Albert Shanker, former president of the American Federation of Teachers pointed out, our students are in classrooms that look like classrooms did a century ago.

Teachers promotion and salary policies are based on equally outdated conceptions of K-12 education. In the factory model of education, teachers are too often treated like interchangeable parts, who keep the school assembly-line moving.

Educational reform is long overdue. Every president from John Kennedy to President Obama has advocated for educational reform. Each administration has provided cosmetic change for a system that has been severely broken for more than three decades. Time will tell what President Obama will be able to achieve.

Our present system of education is in need of radical surgery. The way we train future teachers needs a major overhaul. How we evaluate and promote teachers needs to go back to ground zero. School boards should stop tinkering with academic systems. Their meddling only fuels the dysfunction.

Superintendents need to be visionaries with the courage to address the real issues that challenge both our students and our teachers. They need to create learning environments that empower every student to succeed and reach his or her full potential, intellectually, emotionally and humanly. We must stop setting our students and our teachers for that matter up for failure.

Teaching should be one of the nation s most revered professions. An excellent teacher should be worth his/her weight in gold. They should be well compensated, justly evaluated and be given ongoing superior professional development opportunities so that they can continue to educate our children with superior quality and extraordinary competence.

Yet, teachers today are not given the respect they deserve. Our profession is not treated as a profession on par with other highly skilled professionals. Why? Some of that answer is due to our own lack of professional development, poorly monitored tenure and lack of educational accountability.

However, the major reason is that our system of education is broken beyond repair. It needs a total overhaul from the basement up. The curriculum in every major discipline needs more than fine-tuning. It is totally out of step with the student of today. We must face that the student of today is radically different than the student starting out in our system 30 years ago.

Our classrooms are genuinely a melting pot of every race, ethnicity, creed, language, economic group, religion and sexual orientation. One reading program no longer fits all. New approaches to written language, science, math and reading must begin now!

Teachers must be trained differently to work with diverse students from every socioeconomic background. New teachers need to be mentored by the best that we have, with the best practices that work with every kind of student.

The way we evaluate an effective teacher/administrator, must be connected to academic success in our local school districts. If more than 95% of the district s teachers are rated as good and/or superior, where chronically students are underperforming year after year, there s something radically wrong with that system.

The reality of life is that we have to live with the effects of bad teachers and ineffective administrators at every level. But we should not get stuck there. We need to change how we do the business of education.

Our schools have to be safe, healthy places to learn and to work. Students need to be affirmed and encouraged not consistently demeaned and put down. In order to teach, teachers also need to be affirmed, respected and encouraged by their administrators and parents!

Discipline is not a dirty word. Schools must reclaim a healthy approach to discipline, one that supports a life giving environment. Out-of-control students need to be dealt with effectively. Out of school suspension is not the answer. In many ways, it only fuels the problem. It just moves the conflict, temporarily off campus.

Schools must more effectively address the growing number of students who are experimenting with illegal drugs and the illegal use of alcohol, both on and off campus. A significant number of high school students are going into residential treatment centers to deal with their potential addictions. When they return home, they come back to the very environments that precipitated their out-of-control use of illegal drugs and their illegal use of alcohol. For some students battling addiction, their school campus is where it all began.

What can we do differently to keep our school campuses drug and alcohol free? What can we do more effectively to support our students in their early recovery as they return to campus? We must address these concerns or lose some tremendous potential for the future.

Too many of our students are becoming victims of our broken system. How many more have to graduate as functional illiterates before we say enough? I have had the privilege of teaching in our public educational system on the college level for more than 29 years. I am a member in good standing of the NYSUT and its national affiliates. I have seen firsthand what talented competent educators can do with students, with varying abilities. I ve also seen the creative genius of some school administrators who think outside the broken box.

It is time to transform our wasteland of human potential into an oasis of untapped potential and possibility!