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Earlier this week the most emailed story from the New York Times asked “Why do Americans stink at math?” It’s a worthwhile article, if long. But, in general terms, it’s true: America’s math skills need work. Numbers...
I am the type of person who will: ask if you want a sip of my drink even when there is one straw; comfortably disclose my state of well-being, or ill-being, to anyone at any given time; and generally be solid during social interaction with strangers...
SUNY Potsdam is slated to receive $3 million in capital funding to improve and expand rehearsal spaces in its renowned Crane School of Music, according to a press release from Griffo’s office. Last year, the National Association of Schools of...
If you’ve ever been in desperate need of a job, you’ve probably been a victim of Career Induced Nausea (C.I.N.). This is a term I have coined regarding the phenomenon that occurs after you have been asked, “Where are you interning...
Cursive writing has come up in previous discussions. I confessed to deteriorating penmanship and wondered if cursive will survive modern trends in education.  Brian Mann weighed in over at the In Box, saying  (paraphrasing here)...


Education
Jul 28, 2014 — A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
Jul 21, 2014 — The Florida Republican, with one eye on the White House, tells NPR's Morning Edition that there's a role for government to play in opening access to higher education and job training.
Jul 14, 2014 — In a dispute between the University of Texas president and Gov. Rick Perry, the governor may have lost the battle — but he may yet win the higher education reform war.
Jun 24, 2014 — Education Secretary Arne Duncan announces new measures for ensuring that students with disabilities are making progress.
Jun 16, 2014 — President Obama is promoting new initiatives to improve education for Native American students. Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, has the details.

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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
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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.

Saranac Lake School District Sues Contractors

The Saranac Lake Central School district is suing contractors for three million dollars. The suit follows discovery of structural flaws in new construction that began in 1996. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Reformers Advocate Compliance with School Funding Standards

Advocates for reform of the state's school funding system say they'll fight to force Governor Pataki and the legislature to comply with a court order to fairly fund education in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Park Agency Restricts Wilderness Recreation

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved new restrictions on outdoor recreation in the Dix and Giant Mountain wilderness areas. The plan is designed to cut over-use in one of the Park's most popular alpine zones. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment and recreation groups say the changes will help protect the seventy thousand acre area, which includes eleven of the Park's 46 high peaks.  Go to full article

Peru HS Football Wins Quarterfinal Comeback

The Peru Indians are one of the North Country's most powerful high school football teams. They won the state championship two years ago. On Saturday, Peru performed another...  Go to full article

Voters Reject School Debt Proposition

Education groups are lamenting the failure of a ballot proposal that would have allowed schools in the state's 57 small cities to borrow more money to build and fix up school...  Go to full article

New Yorkers Vote on Local Races, Propositions

Today New York voters will be deciding a myriad of local offices like town board members and county executives, but they will also have the choice of voting yes or no on a...  Go to full article

SUNY Albany President Resigns

The President of the State University of New York at Albany has resigned, amid accusations that she was forced out by SUNY Chancellor Bob King, a close associate of Governor...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Reexamine High Stakes Testing

The Assembly and Senate are reexamining the Board of Regents policy of high stakes testing at the same time that the legislature is under pressure from the court to reform...  Go to full article

Educators Urge Lawmakers to Retain Graduation Standards

The state's top two education officials defended the policy of high-stakes testing as a high school graduation requirement when they testified at a joint legislative hearing....  Go to full article

NYS Math Test Scores Continue to Improve

The State Education Commissioner says he has some encouraging news about standardized tests in 4th and 8th grade classes in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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