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Are there big changes coming to college campuses? The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made a landmark decision last week, one that will hit home throughout American academia with ripple effects well beyond the top tier sports...
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...


Education
Aug 18, 2014 — James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.
Aug 11, 2014 — The start to the school year in New Orleans offers a landmark moment in U.S. education. For the first time, a major urban school district will operate almost entirely with charter schools.
Aug 8, 2014 — "I don't like bad teachers, so I don't think bad teachers should be given the gift of teaching forever — badly," Whoopi Goldberg says.
Aug 3, 2014 — Many people don't realize it's a set of standards, not a curriculum. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with education reporter Cory Turner about other misconceptions about the Common Core standards.
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.

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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.

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 cuts in state aid. The district will also lay off at least six teachers and administrators. As Brian Mann reports, locals will still face a property tax hike that could top eleven percent.

For other stories on the region's education crisis, search under "education". Join us Thursday, when David Sommerstein reports on school budget woes in the St. Lawrence valley.  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 governments and school districts rely on those funds to finance their retirement plans. To shore up the pension program, local leaders will have to pay tens of millions of dollars - money that will come from higher property taxes.
As Brian Mann reports, lawmakers in Albany hope to soften the blow, but critics say the state retirement system could be weakened.  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

The Frederic Remington Art Museum to Create Education Center

The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg is creating an education center in the historic home it recently purchased next to the museum. Jody Tosti has more on the...  Go to full article

Some Critics of a Bush Administration Plan say Head Start Could be in Jeopardy

A 1.9 million dollar grant will help Head Start continue its operations this year in St. Lawrence County. But, as Jody Tosti reports, some say the future of the child...  Go to full article

Facing Tax Hikes, Schools Slash Budgets

Across the country, schools are facing their worst fiscal crisis in years. In every part of the North Country, school boards and superintendents were looking at deficits in...  Go to full article

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