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Last week’s post on a free cookbook for low-cost meals included a manifesto-like quote from an important food thinker, Michael Pollan: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is...
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...


Education
Aug 31, 2014 — School districts are beginning to cope with the recent influx of new students from Central America. Many have little education and most are just beginning to learn English.
Aug 26, 2014 — Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.
Aug 23, 2014 — The state has some of the country's most overcrowded — and troubled — prisons. Alabama is also home to a thriving life skills program that prison officials are fighting to save from budget slashes.
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.

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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.
Kodi Kadeem Beckles. This photo was used in the missing poster issued by lostnmissing.com
Kodi Kadeem Beckles. This photo was used in the missing poster issued by lostnmissing.com

SUNY Plattsburgh student died of "cardio-respiratory arrest"

State Police say a SUNY Plattsburgh student found dead in early April apparently died of natural causes.

Kodi Beckles, age 20, disappeared after going to a late-night party. His body was located in a wooded area on April 7 by a search team organized by Plattsburgh city police.  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Oil trains pass within one mile of many North Country schools

After last summer's deadly oil train disaster in Quebec, more and more questions are being raised about the tanker trains passing through small towns here in northern New York.

A growing number of tanker trains roll every day through the St. Lawrence and Champlain valleys, often bound for the shipping port on the Hudson River in Albany.

Now, two advocacy groups have published a series of maps showing that those rail shipment routes pass near dozens of public schools.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/shawncalhoun/4972627307/">Shawn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY internships available to college students

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Civil Service Commissioner Jerry Boone says the application deadline is approaching for hundreds of internship opportunities available within New York State government.

He's encouraging college students to submit applications for the fall semester as soon as possible. The deadline is Sept. 8.  Go to full article
The Syracuse student section erupts during a 2010 NCAA college football game against Maine in Syracuse, N.Y. <br />(Photo: Kevin Rivoli, AP)

Syracuse chief: No. 1 party school label not OK

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The chancellor of Syracuse University says his college's ranking as the nation's top party school is a "wake-up call" for change.

In a message...  Go to full article
The Minerva Central School District will now have to scramble to make deep cuts before next school year.  Photo:  Minerva Central School District

Minerva school budget falls short for third time

For the third time, the Minerva school budget has failed to win approval with voters.

After a second re-vote yesterday, the district in the eastern Adirondacks...  Go to full article
Utica College students Katelyn Briggs and Ryan Kelly work with their first cranium from the Butrint dig. Photo by Tom Crist

Student archaeologists continue an unlikely partnership

Earlier this summer, a group of college students from upstate New York spent three weeks studying bones at an ancient archeological site in southern Albania.

More...  Go to full article
Cathy Dove will take over as president of Paul Smiths College September 1. Photo provided

Paul Smiths College names woman as 10th president

Paul Smiths College has chosen Cathy Dove, vice president of Cornell NYC Tech in New York City, to serve as the tenth president of Paul Smith's College.

According...  Go to full article
<em>Popillia japonica</em>, commonly known as the Japanese beetle. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_beetle#mediaviewer/File:Popillia_japonica.jpg">Bruce Marlin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Japanese beetles!!? What to do!?

Japanese beetles own a particular place in the gardener's journal. They are destructive. They come en masse. They are very hard to get rid of. So they are in that group of...  Go to full article
Cuomo has signed legislation allowing the school boards in Buffalo and Utica to require kindergarten attendance of children beginning at five years old. Photo: <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/~/media/381/AECF_KC_DS_GLR-image04_620x494.jpg">Annie E. Casey Foundation</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Gov. Cuomo signs kindergarten legislation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing the school boards in Buffalo and Utica to require kindergarten attendance of children beginning at five...  Go to full article
New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children. Photo: <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/~/media/381/AECF_KC_DS_GLR-image04_620x494.jpg">Annie E. Casey Foundation</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY ranks among top 5 states for kids' health

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York ranks among the top five states for children's health, according to the 25th edition of the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey...  Go to full article

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