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Spitzer's education plans span political spectrum

In his State of the State speech, Governor Eliot Spitzer proposed a number of changes for the state's schools and school funding. As Karen DeWitt reports, the plans included something for everyone, from liberals to conservatives.  Go to full article
TJ Volchek conducts an interview (Source:  FOD)
TJ Volchek conducts an interview (Source: FOD)

Adirondack teens talk democracy

Last Tuesday, kids across the U.S. were talking with Americans about the importance of voting. The national project was organized by journalist and writer Sue Halpern, who spends much of year in Johnsburg, in the central Adirondacks. Halpern says it was a chance for students to hear from people who see voting as a duty and a crucial part of their lives. But as Brian Mann reports, their idealism played out this year against one of the nastiest and most controversial campaigns on record.  Go to full article

School Prayer Issue Divides Mohawk Community

A school prayer issue at a predominantly Mohawk school is headed to federal court despite a compromise offered this week. And the debate has divided the Akwesasne tribal council. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Learn, but not too much: inside the Amish school

There are still places in America where the Amish go to public schools. But here in the North Country, and in most other communities, the Amish learn in Amish schools. The schools go up to 8th grade. They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner is an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam. She's been visiting Amish schools; her book about Amish schools will be released later this year. She told Gregory Warner that the real growth in Amish schools came as public schools changed, in the 70s. Schools got bigger, and a high school education became mandatory.  Go to full article

Local Schools Fear Invisible Costs

Martha Foley has the regional view on today's school budget votes.  Go to full article

Parents ?Opt Out? of Military Recruiter Contact

The No Child Left Behind act of 2001 included this provision: High schools had to provide military recruiters with student's names, addresses, and telephone numbers. It also said that students and their parents could opt out of this requirement. But it didn't specify exactly how schools should provide students and parents with an opt-out form or what the deadline for opting out should be.

Paul Saint-Amand is president of the North Country Chapter of Veterans for Peace. The chapter formed last year. Recently they've researching how local schools are handling the opt-out provision. St Amand is a Vietnam Era veteran and an English professor at SUNY Potsdam. He spoke with Gregory Warner yesterday. He said that the opt-out provision puts a burden on school budgets.  Go to full article

School Tests High Tech Bus

A Rochester-area school district is the first in western New York to test what officials there are calling the latest student safety technology. The Brockport Central School District has equipped one of its school buses with global positioning system technology -- allowing the bus to be tracked instantly, anywhere along its route. Bud Lowell has more from Rochester.  Go to full article

St Mary's School in Potsdam to Close

St Mary's school in Potsdam announced it's shutting its doors at the end of this year. The closing will affect 78 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, 30 students in pre-kindergarten, and about 15 teachers and faculty. It's not the first North Country Catholic school to close - a school in Redford's also closing this year, and Tupper Lake's school closed a few years before. But the closing of St Mary's didn't go without a long fight.  Go to full article

Rumors of Violence Frighten Parents, Students at Saranac Lake Schools

Four students have been arrested in Saranac Lake for allegedly painting threatening graffiti and spreading rumors of a Columbine-style massacre. The latest arrest, of a 16-year-old male student, was made on Monday night. Police and school officials say the threats frightened hundreds of parents and children, but there was no actual plot. As Chris Knight reports, many parents kept their kids home yesterday, the day the rumored "bloodbath" was supposed to take place.  Go to full article

School Budgets That Cut to the Barest Bone

The impasse in Albany has made an already tough budgeting year even tougher for local school districts. School boards had to estimate the amount of state aid they expect to receive next year. Still, budgets passed in most districts. But a handful failed. Those districts will have to make contingency budgets, and that means cutting thousands of dollars in programs, services, and in some cases, people. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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