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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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Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel

Common Core teacher protections won't be a part of NYS regents recs, for now

The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York (read more about the proposed changes here.)


The board was set to vote on a recommendation that the state offer teachers some protections if they are fired during the next two years, and delay the effects of Common Core on high school seniors for five more years, until 2022.

The board adopted the delay for the high school students. But they postponed a vote on a plan to allow teachers who are dismissed to argue that they were unable to teach properly because of inadequate implementation of the Common Core standards.  Go to full article
5th grade math at Canton Central School. NCPR file photo: Sarah Harris
5th grade math at Canton Central School. NCPR file photo: Sarah Harris

Will Common Core recs save schools, or just make everyone mad?

This story has been updated; read that update here.

In a report issued Monday, a committee within the New York State Board of Regents recommended the state delay some requirements of the federal Common Core standards (read the full report here.)

But some state lawmakers, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are still questioning whether the Regents are going far enough to remedy what critics say is a "flawed" rollout of the new standards; and Gov. Cuomo has appointed his own committee to look at the problems.  Go to full article
State education commissioner John King at a Common Core forum in Schroon Lake last fall. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission
State education commissioner John King at a Common Core forum in Schroon Lake last fall. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission

Legislators ask tough questions about Common Core

The State's Education Commissioner testified at a legislative budget hearing where he once again heard complaints from concerned lawmakers on the fast track adoption of the new national Common Core standards.  Go to full article
New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NYSED_Building_Night_2.JPG">Matt Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY. Photo: Matt Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Teachers' union withdraws support from Common Core

Over the weekend the New York State United Teachers union board voted to withdraw their support of Common Core standards.

They also passed a vote of no confidence in State Education Commissioner John King.  Go to full article

NY Regents recommend school aid increase

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Board of Regents subcommittee has voted to recommend a $1.3 billion increase in state aid for New York schools next year, along with fairer funding for high-needs districts and bigger investments in universal pre-kindergarten programs and teacher training.

The recommendations announced Monday are expected to be approved by the full board and sent to the state Legislature.  Go to full article
State eduation commissioner John King fielding questions at a forum on Common Core earlier this year in Schroon Lake. Photo: Ian Lowe, used by permission
State eduation commissioner John King fielding questions at a forum on Common Core earlier this year in Schroon Lake. Photo: Ian Lowe, used by permission

NY education chief due at Buffalo forum on reforms

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. is due in Buffalo for the latest in a series of forums on the Common Core, teacher evaluations and other reforms.

Thursday's forum with King and Regents Robert Bennett is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at WNED-TV, which will broadcast the hour-long session live.  Go to full article

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