charter schools

New York News
7:55 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Charter Group Sues For New School Funding Formula

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Charter school advocates want New York to re-write the formula used to fund its public charter schools.  A lawsuit filed in Buffalo Tuesday says the current formula is unconstitutional and that the state is falling short of its obligation to provide every student with a sound basic education.

The state Supreme Court lawsuit names the state of New York, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state Assembly, Senate, budget office, Board of Regents and education commissioner.

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Capital Region News
4:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Charter School In Albany - Public Comments Sought

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The charter school business is booming in New York's Capital City, with 2,200 students are enrolled in nine publicly financed, privately operated charter schools in Albany. Five charter schools have filed applications that will be up for public comment Thursday.

The City School District of Albany has scheduled a public hearing Thursday at William S. Hackett Middle School at 6 p.m. to hear public comment on the applications, including one proposal that would create a new 400-student charter elementary school in Albany.

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New York News
6:51 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

A Charter School's Last Stand


A Capital Region charter school could close for good due to academic failure.  A last-ditch effort is under way to save it.

Some 220 students at Ark Community Charter School in Troy may be displaced if final court proceedings affirm a SUNY Trustees Charter Schools Committee decision that agreed with findings by SUNY's Charter Schools Institute that Ark failed to meet its academic goals.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

BART School Celebrates Expansion

Standing in the parking lot which will be consumed by the building expansion, students at Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School dug into the pile of dirt Tuesday morning.
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The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Massachusetts held a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday for a $3.9 million renovation and expansion.

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New York News
12:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Charter School Fights To Stay Open

A charter school in Troy scheduled for closure is fighting back against the SUNY trustees who voted to shut it down.

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New York News
12:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Report: NY Schools Most Racially Segregated In Nation

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A new report reveals New York State's public schools are the most segregated in the nation.

The report released Wednesday by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles used U.S. Department of Education statistics: it noted increasing segregation in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and New York City metro areas.   It found many black and Latino students attend schools with virtually no white classmates throughout New York.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

3/24/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
More Debris
DeBlasio Charter Schools
Russian Aggression
Washington Mudslide
Russia & Crimea
Gay Marriage - Michigan

New England News
3:38 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Advocates Push For Bill To Expand Mass. Charter Schools

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Charter school advocates are urging Massachusetts lawmakers to allow for the expansion of the schools in underperforming urban school districts.

A coalition backing a bill that would lift the charter school caps called on the Education Committee on Tuesday to release a bill before a legislative deadline next week.

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Vox Pop
12:30 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Vox Pop : Open Forum on 3/11/14 : Charter Schools

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Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would revoke the city's offer of free classrooms in public schools for three charter schools. Enraged parents filed a historic lawsuit against the city yesterday, re-igniting a firestorm debate over charter schools.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Mayor, Governor Speak at Dueling Rallies in Albany

Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at dueling rallies on education at the State Capitol that highlighted the two politicians’ differences over education issues.   

A rally to promote New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for universal pre kindergarten  had been planned for weeks. The mayor spoke to around 1500 union members, urging them to put the pressure on state lawmakers to approve in the state budget the mayor’s plan to provide the classes for thousands of four year olds starting in September.

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