Mon April 1, 2013

State budget has some good news for education

An on-time state budget is good news for school districts across the state, as they plug in the hard numbers to proposed budgets. 

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Sun March 31, 2013

North Country Arts Council brings out kids' creativity

An instructor leads a workshop on card making during a day of children's art activities at the North Country Arts Council's studio in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

The North Country Arts Council has been a growing force for cultural activity in the Watertown area since its inception in 2009. The group aims to spotlight the work of regional artists, but it also hopes to draw more community members into arts activities too. Over the schools' winter break this year, the organization offered a day full of different art workshops for kids at its home on Public Square. 

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Sun March 3, 2013

New York, IBM partner in STEM education program

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that IBM and New York state are teaming up to provide science and technology education, otherwise known as STEM, to high schoolers.

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Thu February 21, 2013

SUNY Adirondack, BOCES partner on high school program

SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, serving the surrounding counties are partnering on a new science and technology program for high school students.

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Sun February 3, 2013

Russell legislation would redistribute school aid to help poorer districts

Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell, of Theresa, thinks the current state school aid formula is broken, benefiting wealthier districts at the expense of poorer ones. She says legislation she's introduced would make the formula more equitable.

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Fri January 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo's "no drama" budget may still cause some theatrics

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.

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Tue January 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo proposes budget with "no new taxes"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $137 billion state budget Tuesday afternoon. In a speech in Albany before state legislators, he presented his plan to increase spending by about two percent.

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Wed January 9, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo delivers 3rd State of the State speech Wednesday

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When Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State message at 1:30 pm Wednesday, he says he plans to pursue a “robust” agenda.

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Fri December 21, 2012

School health programs awarded $5 million

The department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $5 million to school-based health centers in New York state this week. The funding is part of an $80 million dollar pot distributed to 197 centers around the nation.

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Wed December 19, 2012

Cuomo takes hard line on teacher evaluation plans

Twenty-seven schools in New York have not yet submitted a teacher evaluation plan.
Credit Thomas Favre-Bulle / via Flickr

Just two-thirds of school districts in New York state have completed new teacher evaluation plans, one month before a deadline imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor says if the rest don’t finish on time, they won’t see any increased school aid next year.

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Tue December 18, 2012

Students take anti-bullying message to the streets

Charles Gibbens, a 5th grader at Southside Academy in Syracuse, ties a ribbon on a fence as part of an anti-bullying program.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Students from the Southside Academy Charter School in Syracuse marched around the neighborhood this morning to make a statement that bullying won't be tolerated in their school.

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Tue November 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Western NY school to have "living building"

An upstate school is adding a structure that generates its own energy, heating and cooling using renewable energy sources for its teaching spaces. The Harley School in Rochester broke ground on the $3 million project Monday.

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Thu October 18, 2012

Summer school for science teachers

Credit Daniel Robison / WBFO A new courtyard sporting a pond, stream, rocks and rotting logs will serve as a living lab for students at PS197 in Buffalo.
Daniel Robison WBFO

Educators across the country agree schools need more students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Yet hooking students on these subjects remains a challenge, especially for generally low performing schools with few resources.

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Fri September 28, 2012

Closing the gender gap in STEM education

In the latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW, we're taking a look at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in the Capital Region. High-tech multinational companies have moved into the area and they're hiring. Meanwhile some local school districts are struggling with graduation rates around 50 percent.

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Mon September 24, 2012

Say Yes "has potential" to improve Syracuse's economy

Say Yes to Education hosted a resume workshop for city teens this summer.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

Instead of trying to have as much pre-college life fun as possible, or maybe earning some spending cash for the upcoming semester, one of group of college-bound Syracuse teens spent the summer months getting a head start on college. They were rewarded for their efforts during a small ceremony at Onondaga Community College (OCC), where the 29 students are currently hitting the books, with a small ceremony.

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Sat September 8, 2012

Technical education programs boost graduation rates in Syracuse high schools

The graduation rate in the Syracuse City School District continues to be one of the worst in the state, with less than half the students getting their diplomas after four years of school. Technical education programs may be a solution.

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Wed September 5, 2012

NY school districts struggle to form new teacher evaluation plans

As the school year starts, many school districts across the state still need to grapple with the issue of a teacher evaluation system, especially if they want to continue to receive state aid. Only a small percentage of the state's schools have turned in an evaluation plan the state is happy with so far.

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Tue September 4, 2012

Common core standards make debut in New York

As children all over upstate New York head back to school this week, the curriculum for some of them will be a little different this year.

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Thu August 23, 2012

Syracuse City School District adopts new strategic plan with lofty goals

The Syracuse City School District now has a blue print for the next five years, that administrators hope will take it from being one of the poorest performing districts to one of the most improved urban school districts in America. The plan calls for changes across the board.

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Fri August 10, 2012

Say Yes scholars get head start for college life at OCC

Onondaga Community College held a closing ceremony for a summer prep program for its Say Yes to Education scholars Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Twenty-nine students attending Onondaga Community College this fall through the Say Yes to Education program were so excited to hit the books, they started early.

They wrapped up OCC's Summer Success Academy yesterday with a small closing ceremony full of encouraging words from Say Yes and OCC staffers.

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Fri June 22, 2012

State legislature approves Cuomo's teacher evaluation plan

Thomas Favre-Bulle via Flickr

Cuomo’s proposal to make teacher evaluations public will become law, now that the Senate and Assembly passed the measure on the final day of the legislative session.

Senate Republicans, after a closed door meeting, agreed to take up Gov. Cuomo’s bill to make all evaluations public, without names attached.

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Wed June 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo offers teacher evaluation bill with no compromises

James F Clay Flickr

Governor Andrew Cuomo is telling the legislature to "take it or leave it" over a new bill he’s released outlining how to make teacher evaluations public.

Cuomo says he introduced  legislation on the publication of teacher evaluations just before his own self-imposed deadline of midnight Monday in order to clarify his position on the issue.  He says it’s up to the Assembly and Senate whether they want to pass it, exactly as is, or not.

“That’s the bill, the bill is not going to change,” said Cuomo. “They act on it or they don’t. But there’s not going to be changes and discussions at this time.”

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Mon April 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

City of Syracuse faces tough school budget decisions

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School spending is the focus of tonight's budget hearing in the City of Syracuse. One portion of the district proposal that's expected to sail through is the closing of a school.

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Fri March 16, 2012

The Brackett Refugee Education Fund on The Campbell Conversations

In their so-called retirement, Tom and Liz Brackett founded and now run an education non-profit, the Brackett Refugee Education Fund. In this conversation, they relate the story of how they decided to start this, how they approach and structure the work of their organization, and what inspires them to keep up the effort.

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Wed December 14, 2011

Legislation to Change School Districts' Wealth Measurement

Russell, a Democrat from Theresa, has introduced legislation that will adjust the way school districts' wealth is measured.  Generally speaking, the poorer a district is, the more aid it gets. But it’s not a true sliding scale at the top and bottom ends.

Right now, the poorest districts are all lumped together in the same category, even though some may be much poorer than others. The same is true of the richest districts – they're all seen on equal footing, even though some may be much richer than others.

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Tue July 26, 2011