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At a forum on Common Core and standardized testing in Plattsburgh last week, a moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris
At a forum on Common Core and standardized testing in Plattsburgh last week, a moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris

The Eight O'clock Hour, 11/25/13

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In recent days, Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to have cooled from his initial endorsement of the rapid transition to the adoption of the national education standards. And the first Common Core test results are out: only about 30% of students in grades three through eight were considered proficient in English. Monica Sandreczki of WSKG in Binghamton reports on why those scores are so low.

Leaders of non-profits gathered last week in Tupper Lake to talk about their impact and their challenges. A Silver Lake man has settled the remaining claims in a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council. And in today's gardening conversation with horticulturist Amy Ivy: how cold is too cold for trees and shrubs?

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