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This week is Agricultural Literacy week in New York State, organized by Cornell's Agriculture in the Classroom program. Every year, Cornell extension agents and other volunteers head in to the classroom to read an Ag-related children's book. This...
  Wednesday morning I turned on CBC's Ottawa Morning to check the all-important weather report. The host said next up was a story on Kemptville College, so I stayed tuned. I thought it would be about some celebration or new program at Eastern...
Sometimes it takes fresh eyes to appreciate things one might take for granted. Take “Blues in the Schools“, in which real blues musicians drench kids in that genre and its thematic principles. A program in Ottawa has been doing that with...
Education is always a huge issue in the news, for the simple reason that most, if not all, of us start out as children. Many of us also have or have had school-age kids. Education has particularly been in the news recently in our region because of...
When it comes to delivering content, sometimes presentation is crucial. We’ve seen this firsthand. Already-good food tastes even better when presented with visual flair. The right teacher, lit up with knowledge and passion, makes practically...


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Apr 18, 2014 — The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss.
Apr 17, 2014 — Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?
Apr 9, 2014 — New Common Core teaching standards mean new standardized exams. NPR's Cory Turner took one himself and reports on what's changed.
Apr 9, 2014 — Proponents of online education say it's flexible and economical. But skeptics say "college by Internet" is a pale substitute for real-world exchanges with instructors and peers inside the classroom.
Apr 9, 2014 — The Kalamazoo Promise pays for the higher education of students in the Michigan school district's public education system. It's the latest chapter in Tell Me More's series about paying for college.

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Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
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Inside the Amish schools
They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam, has been visiting Amish schools; she talks with Gregory Warner .
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Literacy and Illiteracy in the North Country
In this special series, North Country Public Radio examines what literacy is, how it’s achieved, why it isn’t, and the impact illiteracy has on our region and people.
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Alcohol on Campus
This award-winning series of four pieces examines alcohol abuse among college students: what students say about how and why they drink, how colleges in our region respond, and the latest research and theories on alcohol abuse and prevention.

NY Lawmakers Override School Budget Extension Veto

Fighting words from the governor: he called the legislature's version of the state budget "irresponsible" and vowed to fight back with vetoes and political pressure. Also yesterday, the Republican-dominated state Senate voted unanimously to override Pataki's veto of a bill delaying school budget votes. The Assembly overrode the bill Monday. It's only the second time in Pataki's eight years as governor that the legislature voted to override. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Assembly Has Votes to Override Pataki Veto

The Democrat-dominated Assembly Monday got the two-thirds votes necessary to override Pataki's veto of a bill that would delay school budget votes around the state from May 20th to June 3rd. The vote was 111-38, 11 votes more than what chamber needed to override. River District Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine, the first North Country Democrat in the Assembly in 30 years, voted with the majority.  Go to full article

Albany Report: School Budgets Hang in the Balance

After a week of brinkmanship over the state budget, Governor Pataki and the legislative leaders pulled back a bit and began negotiating again to try to find an arrangement that they can all agree to. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Schools Still Worried About State Budget

School districts in New York State are still worried about how much money they'll get from the state budget, even though legislative leaders have promised a restoration of...  Go to full article
Ms. Gaffney's 10th grade biology class

State Help Too Late For Schools?

New York's legislature has promised to restore some of Governor Pataki's proposed $1.25 billion cuts to school aid next week. That is theoretically in time for school...  Go to full article

Pataki Won't Accept a Piecemeal Budget

Governor Pataki says he's sticking to his anti-tax stance, forcing a likely showdown with the state legislature over restoring money to New York's schools. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Legislature Aims to Pass School Aid Package Monday

The leader of the New York State Senate assured schools across New
York that they will be receiving an increase in state aid from the
legislature next week, whether...  Go to full article

Budget Cuts Force Closure of Champlain Elementary School

A school board in Clinton County voted last night to close Champlain Elementary. The move is meant to narrow a 700 thousand dollar budget shortfall, triggered in part by...  Go to full article

Pension Fund Fall-Out: Higher Local Budgets, Higher Property Taxes

The bearish stock market is crippling New York's big employee pension funds, which lost more than ten percent of their value in the last year. In the North Country, local...  Go to full article

Educators Plan Huge Rally in Albany

Teachers, school board members and students across New York say they are planning the largest rally ever at the state capitol for next month. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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