pre-K education http://wrvo.org en Pre-K expansion estimated to be low in September http://wrvo.org/post/pre-k-expansion-estimated-be-low-september <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as&nbsp; universal pre-K.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57845 at http://wrvo.org Pre-K expansion estimated to be low in September Report: Only half of Onondaga County kids ready for kindergarten http://wrvo.org/post/report-only-half-onondaga-county-kids-ready-kindergarten <p></p><p>Only half of the children in Onondaga County are ready to start their primary school educations when they reach kindergarten, a new report from the Onondaga Citizens League has found.</p><p><a href="http://onondagacitizensleague.org/blog/studies/study-archive/early-childhood-education/" target="_blank">The report</a>, the latest from OCL in annual studies looking at community issues, says more focus needs to be put on educating children before they reach a classroom.</p><p>There are 27,000 children under the age of five in the county. They'll go to 18 different school districts.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:38:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54243 at http://wrvo.org Report: Only half of Onondaga County kids ready for kindergarten Budget negotiations continued at Capitol http://wrvo.org/post/budget-negotiations-continued-capitol <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went <span data-term="goog_1674440278" tabindex="0">on Friday</span>.</p><p>Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by mid day <span data-term="goog_1674440279" tabindex="0">Friday</span>, but in the end, were unable to achieve that goal.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:55:13 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53432 at http://wrvo.org Budget deal could be reached Friday http://wrvo.org/post/budget-deal-could-be-reached-friday <p></p><p><strong>Update as of 7:00 a.m. Friday:</strong></p><p>Legislative leaders say they expect to have a final agreement on a state budget later today. They need a deal by midday in order to be on schedule for an on time budget when the fiscal year ends <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_597162673" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">on Monday</span></span>.</p><p><strong>Update as of 4:45 p.m. Thursday:</strong></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:00:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53359 at http://wrvo.org Albany budget deal provides little information to the public http://wrvo.org/post/albany-budget-deal-provides-little-information-public <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:24:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53343 at http://wrvo.org Lawmakers come closer to budget agreement http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-come-closer-budget-agreement <p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:01:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53282 at http://wrvo.org Dispute ends budget meeting http://wrvo.org/post/dispute-ends-budget-meeting <p></p><p>The next several days will be crucial ones in Albany for negotiations on the state budget.&nbsp;Tensions ran high at a closed-door meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.</p><p>Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the expense of the rest of the state.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:48:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53062 at http://wrvo.org Dispute ends budget meeting Dozens arrested at Capitol as budget talks continue http://wrvo.org/post/dozens-arrested-capitol-budget-talks-continue <p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:51:48 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53035 at http://wrvo.org Dozens arrested at Capitol as budget talks continue Syracuse leaders come together to advocate for pre-K funding http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-leaders-come-together-advocate-pre-k-funding <p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:10:57 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52998 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse leaders come together to advocate for pre-K funding Education fights will dominate final weeks of budget talks http://wrvo.org/post/education-fights-will-dominate-final-weeks-budget-talks <p></p><p>The state Senate and Assembly are scheduled to begin conference committee meetings <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_588611751" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">on Monday</span></span>, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions.&nbsp;</p><p>Sticking points include funding for charter schools. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans want to restore changes made by&nbsp; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to three charter schools. The mayor says the schools can no longer&nbsp; have rent-free space in existing public school buildings.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52743 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand wants higher tax write-off for child care http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-wants-higher-tax-write-child-care <p></p><p>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to double the tax write-off for child care expenses, saying it will benefit working mothers and families.</p><p>Right now 35 percent of a child’s daycare – or up to about $1,000 – can be written off on annual tax filings. Gillibrand’s bill would raise that to half of the expenses, or $3,000. She says making child care more affordable will allow more parents to work full time and bring home more money.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:39:44 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52528 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand wants higher tax write-off for child care Cuomo, de Blasio speak at dueling education rallies in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-de-blasio-speak-dueling-education-rallies-albany <p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:39:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52223 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo, de Blasio speak at dueling education rallies in Albany DeFrancisco says pre-K funding battle could complicate state budget talks http://wrvo.org/post/defrancisco-says-pre-k-funding-battle-could-complicate-state-budget-talks <p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:58:55 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52172 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco says pre-K funding battle could complicate state budget talks Advocates say lack of money at core of New York school struggles http://wrvo.org/post/advocates-say-lack-money-core-new-york-school-struggles <p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:27:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52169 at http://wrvo.org Pre-K funding fight fuels upstate-downstate divide http://wrvo.org/post/pre-k-funding-fight-fuels-upstate-downstate-divide <p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:25:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51369 at http://wrvo.org Pre-K funding fight fuels upstate-downstate divide Poll intensifies Cuomo-deBlasio debate over pre-K funding http://wrvo.org/post/poll-intensifies-cuomo-deblasio-debate-over-pre-k-funding <p></p><h1>A new poll finds that New Yorkers statewide favor Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to fund pre-kindergarten over New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio’s proposal.</h1><p>The <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/new-york-state/release-detail?ReleaseID=2006" target="_blank">Quinnipiac poll</a> finds that the majority of New Yorkers prefer Cuomo’s plan to finance expanded pre-K through state funds, than favor deBlasio’s proposal to tax the wealthy to get the money.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:16:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51298 at http://wrvo.org Pre-K funding fight not letting up at state Capitol http://wrvo.org/post/pre-k-funding-fight-not-letting-state-capitol <p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:59:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51260 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand, Hanna push for universal pre-K together http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-hanna-push-universal-pre-k-together <p></p><p>Rep. Richard Hanna and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand played with blocks and Elmer’s glue at a pre-kindergarten classroom in Herkimer Monday before introducing a proposal to fund universal early education on a federal level.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 01:54:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50810 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand, Hanna push for universal pre-K together Mayors testify at annual Tin Cup Day in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/mayors-testify-annual-tin-cup-day-albany <p>Mayors from around the state -- including Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner -- testified before the state legislative fiscal committees. In what’s traditionally known as Tin Cup Day, many asked for more money, while others asked for authorization to collect more money from their citizens.<br /><br />First up was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who came armed with a new report that he says shows how he could enact universal access to pre-kindergarten at a “rapid pace,” in an expansion that he calls one of the largest in the nation’s history.<br /> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:10:38 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50505 at http://wrvo.org Mayors testify at annual Tin Cup Day in Albany Cuomo's budget phases in pre-K, tax cuts http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-budget-phases-pre-k-tax-cuts <p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:13:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50219 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's budget phases in pre-K, tax cuts Pro-school funding rally draws hundreds to state Capitol http://wrvo.org/post/pro-school-funding-rally-draws-hundreds-state-capitol <p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:48:57 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49944 at http://wrvo.org Pro-school funding rally draws hundreds to state Capitol Cuomo's fourth State of the State focuses on taxes, economics http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-fourth-state-state-focuses-taxes-economics <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered something for everyone in his fourth State of the State message, as he faces a re-election year. He outlined programs ranging from property tax cuts to an education bond act, to allowing medical marijuana.</p><p>Cuomo began his speech focusing on tax cuts and job creation. He highlighted a plan announced earlier in the week to cut the corporate tax rate, and property taxes , in a scheme that would hinge on local governments freezing spending, and consolidating.</p><p>“The highest property tax in the country is in Westchester County,” said Cuomo.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:50:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49662 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's fourth State of the State focuses on taxes, economics Maffei unveils six-point education plan http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-unveils-six-point-education-plan <p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:00:32 +0000 Ellen Abbott 46317 at http://wrvo.org Maffei unveils six-point education plan Cuomo's "no drama" budget may still cause some theatrics http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-no-drama-budget-may-still-cause-some-theatrics <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to have a no-drama budget this year, with a low-key presentation and a fiscally austere spending plan -- and no major cuts or new taxes. But, growing opposition from the teachers’ union and local governments may yet result in some sparks flying before the deal is settled in late March. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:50:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32373 at http://wrvo.org Gun control highlighted in lengthy State of the State http://wrvo.org/post/gun-control-highlighted-lengthy-state-state <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his third State of the State message Wednesday asked lawmakers to help him “stop the madness,” and pass tough new anti gun legislation. Cuomo also focused on changes to better prepare for future "superstorms" and to approve a new women’s equality act. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:01:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31684 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo education panel recommends more school time for children http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-education-panel-recommends-more-school-time-children <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education commission recommends extending the school day and school year, as well as all day pre-kindergarten. But the governor says those ideas could be expensive. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:19:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31373 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo education panel recommends more school time for children State education reform commission gets an earful in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/state-education-reform-commission-gets-earful-syracuse <p>The state commission that is supposed to come up with answers to the problems in public education in New York is in the midst of a statewide fact-finding tour.&nbsp; They are getting an earful about how to improve schools, including when they came through central New York Tuesday.<br /><br />Expanding pre-kindergarten and spreading resources evenly among schools around the state are some of the major suggestions.<br /> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:26:33 +0000 Ellen Abbott 24389 at http://wrvo.org State education reform commission gets an earful in Syracuse Young and old share opinions on Syracuse budget http://wrvo.org/post/young-and-old-share-opinions-syracuse-budget <p>The very young and the very old were the focus of the Syracuse City Budget public hearing Wednesday night. Citizens had the opportunity to tell lawmakers what they think of Mayor Stephanie Miner&#39;s proposed $662 million spending plan.</p><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 14:38:32 +0000 Ellen Abbott 18641 at http://wrvo.org