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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.

ADIRONDACKS

State finalizes purchase of Boreas Ponds tract in Adirondacks

The state has finalized the purchase of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds tract of ponds, rivers and forest directly south of the High Peaks Wilderness, the Nature Conservancy announced today.

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.

OZONE PARK, N.Y.

NYRA cancels Aqueduct card due to high winds

Due to extremely high winds in the New York metropolitan area, the New York Racing Association has canceled Aqueduct Racetrack's live racing program this afternoon.

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.

Overhaul of solitary confinement is approved for New York’s prisons

NEW YORK STATE

Overhaul of solitary confinement is approved for New York’s prisons

A federal judge on Thursday formally approved a class-action settlement intended to overhaul the way solitary confinement is used in New York state’s prisons.

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.

Clinton begins NY primary campaign with jab at Trump

Clinton begins NY primary campaign with jab at Trump

Hillary Clinton began her closing argument for New York primary voters on Wednesday with a defense of the state's values that doubled as a harsh rebuke of her fellow New Yorker and presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

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.

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