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A core concern

Forum focuses on Common Core problems facing special education

Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk and Neil Breslin and Assembly members John McDonald and Phil Steck listened to comments from several speakers Tuesday, Feb. 11, discussing how implementation of the Common Core curriculum has exacerbated challenges for students with special needs.

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Educators demand end of GEA

Forum focuses on effects of lost state aid to schools, rallies for funds to be returned

The regional forum, “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year,” drew around 1,000 people to South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a gym opened as an overflow room to broadcast it.

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Festival for the minds

MiSci to hold Super Science Weekend, Dudley Observatory kicks off activities

Realizing the richness of the area’s science offerings will be a simple calculation at an upcoming inaugural science festival.

Test scores tumble after Common Core implementation

Around 70 percent of students are below the grade, new baseline established

State Education Commissioner John King Jr. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, released results of April assessment test results in mathematics and English language arts for third- to eighth-grade students, and only 31 percent of students statewide met or exceeded proficiency standards.

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A growing discord over student loans

Tonko, UAlbany students urge Congress to freeze rates for two years

Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, SUNY officials and University at Albany students rallied on Monday, July 1, for a freeze of federal student loan rates at 3.4 percent for two years as Congress develops a long-term solution.

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Common Core questions

Education forum focuses on new testing requirements, state mandates

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, organized a forum, “Education at a Crossroads: A Forum on the Impacts of Testing and Mandates,” on Wednesday, June 5, in the Legislative Office Building at the Capitol.

SCCC contract approved

Project at county offices will cost $87k more due to delay

Renovations paving the way for Schenectady County Community College to fill a floor at the Albany County’s offices can now officially begin, after some lawmakers questioned the contractor’s legitimacy.

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Stress test

New standardized tests have parents, educators worried about effects on students

On Tuesday, April 16, students in third to eighth grade across New York will sit down for the first day of standardized tests that adhere to the Common Core Standards. But it has been months now that parents and educators have worried pupils are being pushed too far with the sudden shift to more rigorous standards.

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Cracking the Common Core

New York’s students will start taking new standardized tests this year in the name of improving performance. So why are kids expected to fail?

Students in third to eighth grade will face English language arts and math tests adhering to Common Core Standards, national standards that were developed by looking at what students should achieve to be prepared for college.

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NYSUT calls out tax cap

Area legislators ask for increased state aid to schools

Public schools are in the budget limelight as local lawmakers call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to modify aid distributions guidelines, while at the same time the state’s largest teachers union is suing to challenge the constitutionality of the state tax cap law.

Niskayuna schools facing tough cuts

Closure of middle or elementary school possible as 
$6M budget gap looms

The Niskayuna Central School District would need to raise taxes by 11.4 percent to maintain current programming and services, and making the least painful cuts would only bring that down to 8.9 percent.

Mohonasen starts tackling budget

District facing
 $1.4M budget gap, 4.1 percent tax cap

Superintendent Kathleen Spring and Business Administrator Christopher Ruberti presented a budget development update during the Mohonasen Board of Education meeting Monday, Feb. 4, with the district 1.4 million budget gap.

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Elementary equations

Area educators decry lack of state aid, distribution inequality

Around 1,400 people on Thursday, Jan. 31, attended the regional event “Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril — Running Out of Time and Options” featuring Statewide School Finance Consortium Executive Director Rick Timbs as the keynote speaker.

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Robotics power mental sports

Niskayuna and Mohonasen students compete at FIRST Tech Challenge

Niskayuna and Mohonasen students recently competed at the regional FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament at Pace University in Pleasantville, and were among 36 teams of high school students bringing robots they spent months creating into the limelight.

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Niskayuna seeks bonding for land buy

District officials say purchase would save over lease, March vote set

As the Niskayuna Central School District tackles a $6 million budget gap, district officials are asking voters to approve borrowing $3.2 million to purchase a property it now leases for its transportation facility.

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