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Banford Elementary School in Canton. Photo: Canton Central School
Banford Elementary School in Canton. Photo: Canton Central School

Elementary schools grapple with more mandates, fewer teachers

It may be summer, but school officials are already preparing for fall. And they need to this year; North Country schools already know they have a lot of changes ahead. With state budget cuts and a new cap on property tax increases, Canton Central School is cutting staff and trimming programs. The elementary school is losing a teacher at each grade level. At the same time, it's implementing new teacher evaluations and moving toward national academic standards for students. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

NY State school system in disarray, say local officials and experts at Albany hearing

Governor Cuomo's Commission on education reform got an earful at a public hearing held at the State Capitol Tuesday, as speaker after speaker complained about a statewide school system that they say is in disarray.  Go to full article

Governor Cuomo offers limited support for hydrofracking in NY statae

Governor Andrew Cuomo has offered some support to a plan to permit hydraulic fracturing in New York state, in communities that welcome the gas drilling process.  Go to full article
Many states are looking at new policies to address cyberbulling. Photo: Maine DOE via Flickr, some rights reserved
Many states are looking at new policies to address cyberbulling. Photo: Maine DOE via Flickr, some rights reserved

NY Governor Cuomo signs cyberbullying bill into law

Governor Cuomo has signed an anti-cyberbullying bill into law. It requires schools to be more vigilant about cyberbullying of students, and to take steps to prevent it.  Go to full article
I think you'll see closure of schools. I think you'll see mergers of schools.

Many NY schools expect to use up savings in next 18 months

A new survey shows that many New York school districts are within a year and a half of exhausting their fund balances. School business leaders say that could lead to district consolidationsor closures. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
...The Department of Environmental Conservation needs the resources and the staff to oversee the state's laws and regulations.

Cuomo may soon allow limited hydro-fracking

Governor Cuomo is indicating he may very soon release a plan to begin limited hydro-fracking in New York. However, the state legislature left for the summer without acting on any legislation that would speed up the process, or slow it down.  Go to full article
The Village of Potsdam voted "no" on dissolution in November, 2011. Image: Dale Hobson
The Village of Potsdam voted "no" on dissolution in November, 2011. Image: Dale Hobson

Experts weigh in on North Country dissolution pros and cons

The village of Malone and the village of Norwood are each considering dissolving layers of government in an effort to streamline services and save money. Voters in Potsdam decided against dissolving their village last year. The Cuomo administration has been pushing for smaller governments in New York to merge, or dissolve. The state offers tax breaks as an incentive.

The idea isn't new. Vicki Brown and Jaimie Saunders are researchers with the Center for Government Research, a non-profit based in Rochester. Their organization has been helping communities consider the pros and cons of merging for the past 75 years. Brown says since the 1920s, 45 towns and villages in New York have merged or dissolved. Julie Grant recently spoke with Saunders and Brown.  Go to full article
The NYS Capitol in a postcard from 1914.
The NYS Capitol in a postcard from 1914.

NY legislative session makes history: fewest bills since 1914

Governor Cuomo has touted the recently concluded legislative session as "one of the most successful in modern political history." As Karen DeWitt reports, the session also made history in another way. It featured the fewest bills passed by both houses in nearly 100 years.  Go to full article

Most NY leaders hail health care ruling

New York's politicians and major health care providers are applauding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care law. Meanwhile, an Albany Law School expert says Chief Justice John Roberts may have been concerned about his legacy, and that was a factor in his decision. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Decorum, professionalism and competence in government is what weve been trying to instill...thats how we want to close out the session.

Cuomo won some, lost some in sophomore legislative session

The just-concluded 2012 legislative session brought mixed results for Governor Cuomo, who is in his second year as governor. While Cuomo and lawmakers could claim credit for a calm and functional end to the session, the Governor had to drop some of his original goals in order for that to happen.  Go to full article

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