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It looks like St. Lawrence County high school kids are graduating at a higher rate than the state average. On Monday, the state Board of Regents and Education Commissioner released the high school graduation rates for the 2008 cohort (that’s...
Education is always a huge issue in the news, for the simple reason that most, if not all, of us start out as children. Many of us also have or have had school-age kids. Education has particularly been in the news recently in our region because of...
A grant through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) means independent college students in St. Lawrence County may be able to get up to $4,000 in aid for spring semester to help pay for tuition, books and fees, North Country Now is...
After a bomb threat this morning, Watertown High School was evacuated, according to a press release from the Watertown City School District. Police, school officials and a bomb-sniffing dog found no evidence of a bomb. They’re currently...
You may have heard on our air or read at ncpr.org that the Canton Central School District has had some money problems over the last couple years; more recently, the district has been considering a merger with Potsdam Central. It’s had to...
News stories tagged with "school"
by Chris Knight
Dec 15, 2004 — 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
Jun 22, 2004 — 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
May 31, 2004 — Last week, two of Albany's triumvirate broke with long standing tradition and decided to go public with their plans on a top policy matter. Governor George Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno released their proposals to reform the state's school aid system. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'll issue his plan Tuesday. Some at the capitol wonder if this spells the beginning of the end of Albany's three-men-in-a-room tradition of secret meetings. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
May 25, 2004 — In the North Country, homelessness often means something different than sleeping on a park bench or under a bridge. A family who can't afford a home may move in with relatives, then a month later into a motel room, then into a low-rent apartment, and on and on. Each time the family moves, the children have to get used to new surroundings, new people, and new routines. And in many cases, they have to go to a new school. Preliminary studies show up to a third of the students in many districts don't end the academic year in the same school they started. On the second day of our series, Close to Homeless, we look at how transiency affects kids' education and the schools they attend. David Sommerstein has our story. Go to full article
Mar 30, 2004 — While Albany haggles over how to reform education aid, school superintendents have more bad news about their budgets for next year. From Carthage to Crown Point, school budget projections call for teacher cuts, reduced athletic and extracurricular programs, even school closings, while still asking for double digit tax increases. Jim Dawson is the northern New York representative to the state board of Regents, which sets education policy in New York. He spoke with David Sommerstein during a visit to Massena. He says the Regents are calling for an $880 million increase in state aid to schools. Go to full article
Dec 19, 2003 — The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the group that successfully sued New York over education funding, is asking Governor Pataki to add $2 billion for schools in his new budget in order to comply with a court order. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
May 30, 2003 — It's been a rollercoaster ride this spring for New York's educators. Governor Pataki proposed a billion and half dollars in cuts to school aid. The state legislature passed a budget that restored much of the money. Pataki vetoed that budget. The legislature overrode the veto. School budget votes were delayed by two weeks to give the political wrangling time to run its course. Now people are readying to approve or reject their schools' spending plans next Tuesday. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Apr 24, 2003 — New York's legislature has promised to restore some of Governor Pataki's proposed $1.25 billion cuts to school aid next week. That is theoretically in time for school districts to add the extra money to their budgets before they have to be finalized for a vote in May. But many school administrators are playing it safe and moving ahead with school closures, teacher lay-offs, and program cuts. The situation highlights the quandary schools have faced for the past 19 years that New York state budgets have been late. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mar 10, 2003 — Throughout the North Country, school administrators are grappling with devastating preliminary budgets for next year. They're dealing with falling state aid and rising costs. They're considering cutting programs, laying off teachers, closing school buildings, and still may propose tax levy increases in the 20% range. Last spring David Sommerstein profiled two programs in Malone that faced cuts. This year is no different. Here's that story. Go to full article
Mar 05, 2003 — Hundreds of school children, teachers and school superintendents converged on the capitol Tuesday to lobby for the restoration of over a billion dollars in education cuts that Governor Pataki has proposed for the state budget. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article