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Cuomo wants changes in teacher evaluations

Governor Andrew Cuomo has persuaded the state education department to make some changes to its new plans for teacher evaluation, to be discussed at the Board of Regents meeting on Monday. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
If the people don't speak, the lobbyists win!

Cuomo wraps up week one of tour

Governor Andrew Cuomo is wrapping up week one of his statewide tour to tout his legislative agenda and taunt the legislature. Karen DeWitt takes a look at how the tactic is working so far.  Go to full article
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Cuomo pushes for gay marriage, faces backlash

Governor Cuomo has been leading a push to legalize gay marriage in New York State, traveling to upstate cities to make speeches, and sending supporters to a major rally at the Capitol. As the pressure on lawmakers escalates, anti-gay marriage groups are stepping up their efforts as well, saying they want marriage to remain between a man and a woman.  Go to full article
If a law is not passed, then I will appoint a Moreland commission.

Cuomo threatens investigations if lawmakers don't pass ethics reform

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is pushing the state legislature to pass an ethics reform bill, renewed his threat to investigate lawmakers if they don't comply.  Go to full article

Tensions are high on property tax cap issue

Governor Cuomo began his statewide tour to win backing for a property tax cap and other issues in Syracuse on Tuesday. Back at the State Capitol, tensions between pro tax cap and anti tax cap advocates erupted into heated arguments.  Go to full article
This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is a question of New York going forward or backward.

Lt. Gov. says gay marriage among top issues

New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy told a major gay marriage rally at the State Capitol that his boss, Governor Andrew Cuomo, is with them all the way on the issue.  Go to full article

BOCES looks for options for school districts

This school budgeting season has been among the toughest in memory.

Schools are swallowing hard to absorb Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 1.2 billion dollar cut in state education aid. Defending his cuts, he commands, "manage the school system. Reduce the waste, reduce the fraud, reduce the abuse.... 'Well, we don't have any.' ...I don't believe it."

Cuomo wants other efficiencies as well. He's looking for mergers and consolidations, and he's pushing small schools especially hard. We've reported that many of the North Country's little rural schools are struggling with state aid cuts that are disproportionate - bigger dollar for dollar than cuts in much larger, wealthier districts downstate.

Districts like Beaver River could end up with a single foreign language in the curriculum, or no advanced placement programs, or no music and art. As Superintendent Lueen Smithling told us, "Rural schools should not be taken advantage of and essentially he's creating a caste system of lower, substandard schools, and is that right?"

Even before this year's deep cuts, educators in St. Lawrence County saw alarming trends for small schools. The St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES office had already commissioned the Rural Schools Association of New York State to study alternatives to save schools and improve education. A draft report is due at the end of May, with public meetings planned.

Dennis Sweeney is leading the research team. They visited each district, analyzed data, and asked follow-up questions. He told Martha Foley this spring's budget climate just highlighted how dire the rural school picture is.  Go to full article
If the people are with you, the politicians will follow.

Cuomo will hit the road for his agenda

Governor Andrew Cuomo is poised to begin a statewide tour to rally New Yorkers to back his agenda, including a property tax cap and gay marriage. Karen Dewitt has this report from Albany.  Go to full article

NY residents face tough choices on school budgets.

Voters in around 700 school districts across the state will go the polls May 17th to consider school budgets, and many will be asked to okay a tax increase, as well as approve program cuts, and in some cases, layoffs. More on that from Karen Dewitt in Albany.  Go to full article
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School boards say Cuomo property tax caps could hurt schools

Governor Andrew Cuomo is preparing to embark on a statewide campaign to promote his 2% across the board property tax cap, but school boards from across New York say the cap will harm schools if there is not corresponding relief from some strict state and union rules. In Albany, more from Karen DeWitt.  Go to full article

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