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CAPITOL

State education officials expect new teacher evaluations in 2018

State education officials plan to propose a new teacher evaluation system by spring 2018, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia told the Board of Regents on Monday.

Prosecutors in Sheldon Silver case cite extramarital affairs

NEW YORK

Prosecutors in Sheldon Silver case cite extramarital affairs

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have evidence that Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the New York State Assembly, engaged in extramarital relationships with two women, according to newly unsealed court documents.

Teacher evaluation plans still required

CAPITAL REGION

Teacher evaluation plans still required

Educators across the state are developing teacher-evaluation plans based on a law education policymakers say they plan to ditch, working under a system in line for big changes.

ALBANY

State sues CDPHP over hepatitis C coverage

The state Attorney General’s Office announced today that it is suing Albany-based health insurer CDPHP over its coverage of treatment for hepatitis C patients.

Power authority to take over state Canal Corporation management

ALBANY

Power authority to take over state Canal Corporation management

Major changes are wrapping up — and just beginning — as the state canal system prepares for its 2016 season.

Hillary Clinton tells Cohoes crowd she'll create jobs

COHOES

Hillary Clinton tells Cohoes crowd she'll create jobs

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton visited the Capital Region on Monday pledging to tackle challenges in upstate New York, focusing on jobs and education.

New York’s path to $15 minimum wage: uneven, and bumpy

New York’s path to $15 minimum wage: uneven, and bumpy

With the budget agreement worked out in Albany this week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo can say he has steered New York onto the road to a statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour. But the trip will be uneven, and probably quite bumpy in spots, and its duration remains uncertain.

School districts pleased with education boost

CAPITAL REGION

School districts pleased with education boost


The next step for school district administrators across the state: finish their districts’ budgets.

Cuomo, leaders agree on New York state budget

CAPITOL

Cuomo, leaders agree on New York state budget

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislative leaders announced Thursday that they had reached a budget agreement that would raise the minimum wage.

CAPITOL

Education groups urge lawmakers to resist receivership language


New York’s teachers union and a legal advocacy group urged lawmakers on Thursday to resist budget language the groups said would force 70 schools back into receivership — including Hamilton Elementary School in Schenectady.

Center for Economic Growth names new president

ALBANY

Center for Economic Growth names new president

The Center for Economic Growth has found its next president.

CAPITOL

State education officials install spring testing changes


State education officials hope a series of tweaks and changes to this spring’s annual English and math assessments will reduce student anxiety and improve participation rates.

Dean Skelos and son ask judge to spare them a prison sentence

NEW YORK

Dean Skelos and son ask judge to spare them a prison sentence

Lawyers for Dean Skelos, the former New York Senate majority leader, and his son, Adam Skelos, who were convicted of all eight bribery, extortion and conspiracy counts against them in December, asked a judge on Wednesday to let them avoid prison and be sentenced to perform community service.

NY Assembly passes bill to legalize MMA

CAPITOL

NY Assembly passes bill to legalize MMA

On Tuesday, the state Assembly passed a bill legalizing mixed martial arts, after several years of ignoring pleas to allow the popular and often bloody sport.

New regents chancellor a critic of heavy emphasis on testing

ALBANY

New regents chancellor a critic of heavy emphasis on testing

Betty Rosa, a former Bronx school superintendent and critic of a shift to a stronger emphasis on student testing and teacher evaluations in education policy, on Monday was elected chancellor by her colleagues on the Board of Regents.

CAPITOL

Bill would rename part of Route 20 for deceased general

A bill to rename a portion of U.S. Route 20 in the town of Guilderland to honor Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, a Guilderland native who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan, was passed by the state Senate Thursday.

CAPITOL

State Assembly, Senate agree to restore school funds


Both state legislative chambers called for fully restoring a series of school funding budget cuts enacted during the economic downturn, but differed on how much to increase other funding to schools.

Bill to legalize MMA likely headed for Assembly vote

CAPITOL

Bill to legalize MMA likely headed for Assembly vote

A vote on the bill to legalize mixed martial arts is expected to come to the Assembly floor as early as Monday, according to Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam.

Contaminants removed from Hoosick Falls water, governor says

HOOSICK FALLS

Contaminants removed from Hoosick Falls water, governor says

More than six weeks after declaring an environmental emergency in this village, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his first visit here Sunday, announcing that a new filter system had successfully cleared a toxic chemical known as PFOA from the municipal water supply.

ALBANY

State Legislature elects 3 new regents as board enters new era

New York’s top education policymaking body, the Board of Regents, enters a new era this spring as three new members take their seats on the 17-person board and a new chancellor is elected.

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