Mar 06, 2014 — North Country state Senator Joe Griffo says it's time to find a new way to elect the Board of Regents that guides New York's public education policy.
"Currently, that's an elective vote of the 213 members of the legislature, we believe that should actually be a vote by each individual house and you should receive a majority in each house." Griffo points out that because there are far more Assembly members than state Senators, the current system for electing regents gives the lion's share of authority to Democrats. Go to full article
Mar 06, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Assembly has passed a series of bills intended to provide affordable child care, increase funding for child care subsidies and establish paid leave for medical emergencies, the birth or adoption of a child or to take care of a sick relative.
One of the bills passed Wednesday requires employers to purchase paid family leave insurance for their employees. The cost would be offset by weekly employee contribution of up to 45 cents from their paychecks. Go to full article
Mar 06, 2014 — The New York State Assembly has passed a bill to delay some of the effects of the state's Common Core learning standards. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the bill delays the effects of the new learning standards for two more years, for both students and teachers. Go to full article
Mar 06, 2014 — The elusive Democrat who's running for Bill Owens' seat is meeting privately with local leaders across the 21st Congressional District. Documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf met... Go to full article
Mar 05, 2014 — Three towns in Vermont are pushing back against a plan to build a natural gas pipeline connecting to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga. At Town Meeting Day... Go to full article
Mar 05, 2014 — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Lowell voters are standing behind their support for a 21-turbine industrial wind power project making electricity on a ridge above the northern Vermont... Go to full article
Mar 05, 2014 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke yesterday at dueling rallies on education at the State Capitol that highlighted the two politicians'... Go to full article
Mar 04, 2014 — The deadline for the state budget is approaching, and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other... Go to full article