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Students in math class. Photo: woodleywonderworks, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Why Common Core is having a rocky start

New York's hasty implementation of the Common Core curriculum has become a lightning rod for criticism statewide. Tomorrow state education commissioner John King is holding public meetings to address teachers' and parents' concerns in Schroon Lake and Plattsburgh.

Steve Todd has been visiting classrooms across St. Lawrence county to see firsthand the stumbles and successes of the new curriculum. Todd is assistant superintendent of instruction for St. Lawrence & Lewis BOCES.

He told David Sommerstein he's seen teachers and students alike "rolling up their sleeves" to get used to more rigorous classwork and more homework.  Go to full article
At a forum on Common Core and standardized testing in Plattsburgh last week, a moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris

Poll: New Yorkers divided on Common Core

A new Siena College poll finds over half of New Yorkers think school children are taking too many tests. They're also uneasy about new standards known as the Common Core.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Cuomo's job performance hits all-time low in poll

Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval rating is the lowest it's been since he's been governor, according to a new Siena College poll.

The Siena College poll finds only 44% of voters like the job that Andrew Cuomo is doing as governor. 56% say he's doing a fair or poor job. Siena's Steve Greenberg says it's the first time the governor's approval rating has dipped below 50%.  Go to full article
Maria Corse, founder and director of Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning. Photo: <a href="">Deep Root</a>

Alternative school in Canton recruiting for pilot program

A new education resource center for people exploring alternatives to the traditional school model will be launching a pilot program early next year.

Maria Corse,...  Go to full article
The seal of St. Lawrence County rendered in stained glass at the county building in Canton. Photo: Mark Kurtz

St. Lawrence County tries to fix its budget

The Watertown Daily Times reports that St. Lawrence County legislators are trying to fix the 2014 county budget.

The original draft of the budget...  Go to full article
A sunburst over Whiteface Mountain, seen from Catamount in the Adirondacks. Photo: Brian Mann

Postcard from an alpine ramble on Catamount

The long, mild autumn we've been having has been tough for many hunters, who prefer colder, snowier weather.

But it's a boon for hikers, who've had extra weeks...  Go to full article
Ellis Paul performing at The Depot in Norman, OK> Photo: <a href="">Kmzundel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Preview: Ellis Paul in Cadyville

Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will be making a brief swing through New York State this weekend, and one of his stops will be an intimate house concert Friday at 7:30 pm in...  Go to full article