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BUFFALO

Teachers, charter schools battle for budget funds

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
The annual battle over public education funding in New York will pit teachers and school boards against a strong charter school lobby with deep pockets and backing from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is talking about breaking what he calls the public school "monopoly."
 
State education officials suggest changes
CAPITOL

State education officials suggest changes

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
New York’s top education officials on Wednesday recommended that the governor and lawmakers allow more charter schools, particularly in New York City, and make it easier to fire ineffective teachers.
 
Union College ranked among most beautiful campuses
SCHENECTADY

Union College ranked among most beautiful campuses

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Union College in Schenectady was named one of the 20 most beautiful campuses in the country for the 2014-15 academic year by the Princeton Review.
 
BUFFALO

Gov. Cuomo rejects teacher evaluation change

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a measure he introduced that would have temporarily protected New York teachers from receiving potentially career-ending evaluations because of low Common Core-aligned student test scores.
 
No holiday for Union hockey champs
SCHENECTADY

No holiday for Union hockey champs

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
For the defending national champion Union College men’s hockey team, practicing on Christmas day was no big deal.
 
Mohon high-schoolers learn by teaching
ROTTERDAM

Mohon high-schoolers learn by teaching

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Five-year-old Abigayl Pyron had her eyes on the page as Alle Sinclair, a senior at Mohonasen High School, read “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
 
NISKAYUNA

Budding Niskayuna scientist wins historical essay contest

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Meghan Stephenson says 10th grade biology and physics this year have confirmed her love for the sciences, but she does find history inspirational, as well, particularly recent history.
 
ALBANY

NY requires colleges to report crimes to police

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
New York is requiring colleges and universities to notify police within 24 hours after a violent felony is reported or someone goes missing from university housing.
 
Graduation rate drop not unexpected in Schenectady
CAPITAL REGION

Graduation rate drop not unexpected in Schenectady

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
The Schenectady City School District’s graduation rate dropped significantly in 2014, but district Superintendent Laurence Spring said the numbers were to be expected considering the circumstances.
 
Teen seeks to ‘spark’ girls’ STEM interest
MALTA

Teen seeks to ‘spark’ girls’ STEM interest

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Organizers of the annual Girls Inc. summit thought Shaker High School senior Gili Rusak would make a good role model for the attendees because of her extensive resume of accomplishments.
 
BALLSTON SPA

Baker named Gordon Creek principal

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Kent Baker has been appointed the new principal of Gordon Creek Elementary School, effective Jan. 5.
 
BUFFALO

More New York students graduate despite standards

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
New York's high school graduation rate improved slightly to 76.4 percent last year, despite the state's adoption of new learning standards.
 
Union College concerned about Schenectady casino
SCHENECTADY

Union College concerned about Schenectady casino

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Union College is again reiterating its concerns about the proximity of a casino to its campus in Schenectady, which was just recommended today for a casino by state regulators.
 

Most NY teachers rated effective in evaluations

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Better than nine out of 10 New York school teachers were rated effective or highly effective last year, results of state-mandated reviews showed Tuesday. Education leaders said it may be the evaluation system itself that needs improvement.
 
Montgomery County schools ask for state to end aid adjustment
AMSTERDAM

Montgomery County schools ask for state to end aid adjustment

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Area school superintendents and state officials stood together Tuesday to call for the dissolution of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which would in turn increase state funding for public schools.
 
 

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