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State eduation commissioner John King fielding hostile questions from across the North Country at a Schroon Lake forum. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission
State eduation commissioner John King fielding hostile questions from across the North Country at a Schroon Lake forum. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission

Teachers union stands by "no confidence" vote on education chief

The President of the state's teachers' union says members aren't yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee was elected in April amid deep dissatisfaction over education policy in New York. Magee ousted a three-term incumbent, and teachers held a symbolic vote of no confidence in Education Commissioner John King, over what critics call a botched roll out of the new Common Core learning standards.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, 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
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44768401@N07/4126004276/sizes/z/in/photolist-7hARjL-g7DJZn-g9nRWg-g9nRoH-g9noDw-g9o3Mp-g7DJ1Z-g9nWqM-g9nioU-g9nuSy-g9nY2n-g9npsh-g7DUT1-g9o2yT-g9newK-g9o1tX-g7E8yu-g9o174-g9o3f2-ajkNj6-ajoAzh-ajoB6U-ajoAQ3-bQzVQK-7se9hY-bBFfdd-i8an4G-i8ah5e-bQzVXr-i8ajF5-i8akqG-4ernCN-bANXEn-de5hpK-7hWQRS-8V4mPS-6f1dHj-AQy16-9hZeM2-6Lifh5-7D7k2q-5G8MKz-czAarG-a1e79H-4G6fd7-4G6fg7-4G25up-bdgr9F-bdgqqc-2pQhDT-6QZJy3/">Matt H. Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: Matt H. Wade, 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 years--under legislation passed by lawmakers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bill aims to prevent teachers deemed "ineffective" or "developing" from facing termination or a denial of tenure based solely on student test scores.  Go to full article
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwren/6773463427/sizes/z/in/photolist-bjxLGc-9XiG5U-dwCCjH-iKeoJG-8vBW9D-8vEXcj-8vBWaH-8vEXjo-8vBW4Z-8uYY6S-8uYX59-8uVTqx-8uYXCy-8uYX7w-8uYX9q-8uYXBh-8uVTTM-8vBVJ2-8vEXiu-8vBVL8-8vBVPR-8vBWbc-8vBWcM-8vEXd9-8vEXGf-8vBW8g-8vBVZr-8vEXpw-8vEXmG-8vBVXt-8vEXvJ-8Gm87Y-8vBWhi-aKH8sX-8vBWhH-8vEXJ9-8vBWgB-8vBW22-8vEXkh-8vEXHS-8vBVTe-8vEXxW-8vBVYM-8vBVWt-8vEXHs-8vEXwC-8vBW7x-8vBWdB-8vBVVr-8vEXtU-8vBVUB/">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Department of Education. Photo: Mike Wren, 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.

Speaking yesterday on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom, Cuomo told host Susan Arbetter that he thinks a new evaluation system is needed. But with the legislative session in Albany near its end, no deal has been reached.  Go to full article
New York state's Department of Education. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwren/6773463427/sizes/z/in/photolist-bjxLGc-9XiG5U-dwCCjH-iKeoJG-8vBW9D-8vEXcj-8vBWaH-8vEXjo-8vBW4Z-8uYY6S-8uYX59-8uVTqx-8uYXCy-8uYX7w-8uYX9q-8uYXBh-8uVTTM-8vBVJ2-8vEXiu-8vBVL8-8vBVPR-8vBWbc-8vBWcM-8vEXd9-8vEXGf-8vBW8g-8vBVZr-8vEXpw-8vEXmG-8vBVXt-8vEXvJ-8Gm87Y-8vBWhi-aKH8sX-8vBWhH-8vEXJ9-8vBWgB-8vBW22-8vEXkh-8vEXHS-8vBVTe-8vEXxW-8vBVYM-8vBVWt-8vEXHs-8vEXwC-8vBW7x-8vBWdB-8vBVVr-8vEXtU-8vBVUB/">Mike Wren</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York state's Department of Education. Photo: Mike Wren, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY GOP will no longer boycott election of new Regents

Senate Republicans say they will break a longstanding tradition of boycotting the election of new member of New York's board of Regents, the group responsible for the general supervision of education in the state. The Republicans now say they will attend a joint legislative session, and that many will vote no over dissatisfaction with the Common Core. It's uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be reelected.  Go to full article
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28995913@N07/3265349782/">ChalkbeatNY</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch. Photo: ChalkbeatNY, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lots of cooks in the Common Core kitchen

Controversy continues over implementation of the new federal Common Core standards in New York.

Last week the Democrat-led state Assembly passed a bill that would delay parts of the Common Core standards, including using Common Core testing to evaluate teachers and pass or fail students. The Assembly defeated a proposed amendment from Republicans that would have suspended Common Core entirely in the state.

Meanwhile, a special subcommittee of the state Board of Regents is working on ways to help schools with the standards' implementation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a panel to review the rollout of the standards, and he's released a new ad saying Common Core "is heading in the right direction," but that basing testing on it is premature.  Go to full article
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44768401@N07/4126004276/sizes/z/in/photolist-7hARjL-g7DJZn-g9nRWg-g9nRoH-g9noDw-g9o3Mp-g7DJ1Z-g9nWqM-g9nioU-g9nuSy-g9nY2n-g9npsh-g7DUT1-g9o2yT-g9newK-g9o1tX-g7E8yu-g9o174-g9o3f2-ajkNj6-ajoAzh-ajoB6U-ajoAQ3-bQzVQK-7se9hY-bBFfdd-i8an4G-i8ah5e-bQzVXr-i8ajF5-i8akqG-4ernCN-bANXEn-de5hpK-7hWQRS-8V4mPS-6f1dHj-AQy16-9hZeM2-6Lifh5-7D7k2q-5G8MKz-czAarG-a1e79H-4G6fd7-4G6fg7-4G25up-bdgr9F-bdgqqc-2pQhDT-6QZJy3/">Matt H. Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York Assembly chamber. Photo: Matt H. Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Assembly votes to delay some Common Core provisions

The New York State Assembly has passed a bill to delay some of the effects of the state's Common Core learning standards. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the bill delays the effects of the new learning standards for two more years, for both students and teachers.  Go to full article
A still from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new ad on upstate tax cuts.
A still from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new ad on upstate tax cuts.

Cuomo splashes out on ads promoting his budget priorities

Governor Cuomo is spending some of his multi-million dollar campaign war chest on ads to promote his state budget priorities.

The ads, which feature in part Cuomo speaking directly to camera, focus on the governor's pitch for his tax cut plan and an ethics package that includes public financing of political campaigns and a crackdown on bribery.  Go to full article
AQE's Billy Easton , CFE's David Sciarra and Assembly Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan D-Queens, discuss need for more school funding. Photo: Karen DeWitt
AQE's Billy Easton , CFE's David Sciarra and Assembly Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan D-Queens, discuss need for more school funding. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Education advocates seek more state aid for financially stressed schools

The deadline for the state budget is approaching, and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates say they've gathered evidence that may lead to another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.

The Albany-based organization Alliance for Quality Education has been touring schools around the state to document what they say is erosion in districts in economically depressed areas.

AQE's Billy Easton says his organization has found schools forced to choose between offering music or art, band or Spanish. In some schools, there are no guidance counselors, or librarians. "These are serious resource deficiencies," Easton said. "The state is not doing its job."  Go to full article
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy  Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Poll finds New Yorkers divided on Common Core

Even as New York's public schools are in the process of adopting the new Common Core learning standards, a new poll finds New Yorkers remain confused about their value.  Go to full article

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