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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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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 districts to add the extra money to their budgets before they have to be finalized for a vote in May. But many school administrators are playing it safe and moving ahead with school closures, teacher lay-offs, and program cuts. The situation highlights the quandary schools have faced for the past 19 years that New York state budgets have been late. David Sommerstein reports.  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 reports.  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 Governor Pataki agrees with the plan
or not. Karen DeWitt reports.  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

Legislative Leaders Hope to Restore Budget Cuts to Education, Health Care

New York's legislative leaders are working on a budget plan that restores $1.9 billion in education and health care spending. But the Senate and Assembly leaders are...  Go to full article

Student Survey at Plattsburgh State: Money A Concern

A student survey at Plattsburgh State University has found that more than half the school's freshmen worry about paying for college. The annual study is part of a national...  Go to full article

Lawmakers May Postpone Vote on School Funding

There's talk among some members of the legislature to postpone this spring's school budget votes, in an attempt to gain more time to form an agreement on restorations to...  Go to full article

Survey: School Boards Will Likely Propose Double Digit Tax Increases

The New York State School Boards Association says schools around the state will be recommending double digit property tax increase in budgets presented later this spring,...  Go to full article

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