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Critics of Cuomo's budget plan push millionaires' tax

There's just six weeks until the New York State budget is due, and groups affected by Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed $10 billion in cuts have begun stepping up their efforts to win public support for alternatives, like extending a tax on the rich. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Teachers union launches ads

A major New York State union is going on the air with televisions ads to try to convince state lawmakers to continue a tax on the wealthy instead of adopting Governor Cuomo's billion and half dollars in school aid cuts. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Lt Governor defends proposed school aid cuts

In a move that veteran lawmakers called "unprecedented", Governor Andrew Cuomo sent his Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, to defend his proposed school aid cuts to a joint hearing of the legislature's education and fiscal committees. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Once you use that money to pay for your fuel oil and your electric bill what do you do the next year?

North Country schools say cash reserves can't cover Cuomo cuts

A report released last week by the state Education Department estimates that 74 percent of school districts outside of New York City have a big enough fund balance to pay for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed state aid cuts.

The numbers show that districts have about $1.16 billion in their reserve accounts, along with a little more than $355 million in federal stimulus funds leftover from last year.

But opponents of Cuomo's budget cuts say that's just not true.

They claim the aid cuts will force thousands of teacher layoffs and result in increased taxes, especially in poor North Country districts.

Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article

Teachers hold off endorsing Cuomo, for now

Earlier this month, Democratic candidate for Governor Andrew Cuomo received the backing of the state's AFL-CIO. However, not all unions that are members of the public-private organization are endorsing the Attorney General for governor. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Deborah Meier
Deborah Meier

A Fresh Start on education: "A Marshall Plan for well-educated teachers"

This week we're asking the country's most compelling thinkers for their recommendations for president-elect Barack Obama. Our series, "A Fresh Start," continues today with a provocative take on kindergarten through 12th grade education. Deborah Meier is widely considered one of America's foremost education experts. She's started highly innovative and successful schools in New York City and Boston. She lives south of Albany now. Meier believes the rigid standards and tests of "No Child Left Behind" have left teachers powerless in schools. She says the federal program has to be replaced with a "Marshall plan" for the development of a large, well-educated teaching force. Meier told David Sommerstein the world of education has to step back and ask fundamental questions about the relevance of school to childrens' lives.  Go to full article

Union leaves 48th Senate district off its list

The state teacher's union left a key North Country race off its list of endorsements yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Teachers union backs Gillibrand

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand drew support yesterday from eleven union organizations. Gillibrand is challenging Republican John Sweeney in the 20th Congressional District. As Brian Mann reports, one of the unions backing Gillibrand is the New York State United Teachers with more than half a million members statewide.  Go to full article

Declining Enrollment May Close Some Area Schools

Parents filled the high school auditorium in Saranac last night. Many were angry over a new report that could lead to the closure of two of the district's elementary schools -- in Dannemora and Cadyville. District officials say a dwindling number of students has forced them to make changes. As Brian Mann reports, schools across the North Country face sharply declining enrollments...and some painful decisions.  Go to full article

H.S. Physics Teachers May Boycott New Regents Exam

Two high school physics teachers who spoke before the State Board of Regents say if the state physicis exams are not changed, many physics teachers will begin boycotting the tests. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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