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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)...

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.
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.
Jun 10, 2014 — A judge ruled Tuesday that California's laws deprive students of their constitutional right to an education.

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Indian Lake Central School Photoblog
Indian Lake Central School, a small k-12 school in the heart of the Adirondacks, documents the 2008-2009 school year in daily photos.
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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.
Country Schoolhouse
Audio Play:
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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Audio Slideshow:
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 .
Photo Audio Essay
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.
University of Rochester. Photo: <a href="">Nate McBean</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
University of Rochester. Photo: Nate McBean, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

$5M state grant for U of Rochester computer center

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) A University of Rochester project on the use of computers for health research has won $5 million in state economic development funds.

The grant was one of 11 state investments totaling $22 million announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday.  Go to full article
Several types of hanging basket. Photo: <a href="">K. Yasahura</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How to keep flower boxes and baskets looking their best

It's hard for a gardener to complain about this stone-summer weather. Heat, sun, plus a little rain here and there are a great combination to kick plants into high gear for growth.

But what can be all good for young tomato plants can be overdrive for hanging baskets and planters that were in full bloom when they went on sale for Mother's Day. They need constant care: water, food, and the occasional trimming. Amy Ivy has what to do, and why.  Go to full article
A group of students and staff from St. Lawrence University's Kenya Semester Program in 2013. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence University suspends its 40-year-old Kenya program

Earlier this month, we reported on one of the longest running study abroad programs to Africa, based right here in the North Country: St. Lawrence University's Kenya Semester program, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Over 2000 students have travelled to Kenya with the program.  Go to full article

Life in Jefferson County? Good, not perfect

People in Jefferson County are pretty happy with their quality of life, but they have some worries. The annual Jefferson Community College survey finds 75 percent of...  Go to full article
At a pre-K program in New York City. Photo: <a href="">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS "universal pre-K" gets off to a very slow start

Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say that falls far short of...  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heroin, medical marijuana, Common core dealt with, but other items tabled at end of NYS legislative session

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on three major items at the close of the legislative session. But they also left a lot of unfinished business behind.  Go to full article
Yogurt, Photo: <a href="">ehpien</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

NY yogurt makers picked for school lunch program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) School children in seven states will be eating New York yogurt this fall under a school lunch program operated by the federal government.

U.S....  Go to full article
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: <a href="">Matt H. Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Lawmakers OK Common Core teacher safety net

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Low-rated teachers in New York won't be at risk of losing their jobs based simply on student performance on the new Common Core tests--at least for a few...  Go to full article
Photo: Minerva Central School

Minerva school budget vote still undecided

One North Country school district is still on pins and needles this morning, uncertain whether they'll be forced to go to an "austerity" budget next year.

The...  Go to full article
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: <a href="">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo: no deal of teacher evaluation standards

Governor Andrew Cuomo says no deal has been reached yet that would separate teacher evaluations in public schools from new Common Core education standards.
...  Go to full article

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