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3/2/15 Panel

Mar 2, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include: Boris Nemtsov; Common Core; John Kerry on Benjamin Netanyahu; and DHS Funding.

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Teachers union members and pro-charter school advocates demonstrated outside the governor’s mansion on New Year’s Eve, as inside, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee greeted guests who won a lottery to attend an annual open house, one day before the governor is to begin his second term.

Around 100 teachers from several regions of the state gathered in the biting cold to protest what they believe is Governor Cuomo’s unfair stance against teachers and the union that represents them. They even wrote a song, that in part, labels the governor “clueless.”

New York State Education Commissioner John King is leaving for a job as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s second-in-command, multiple media outlets report Wednesday evening. King has served since 2011 and has championed the Common Core education standards during his tenure.

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Over the past decade, much progress has been made nationally to increase enrollment in afterschool programs – programs advocates say keep children safe, inspiring them to learn and supporting working families between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.  Vermont and Massachusetts have made the list of Top 10 States for Afterschool, prepared by Washington, D.C.-based After School Alliance.

    Education policy is a perpetual point of debate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican Chris Day, a candidate for New York’s 17th Congressional district seat, discusses the Common Core with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

As Election Day draws nearer, polls show the Green Party candidate for governor of New York with higher-than-expected support. Today, Howie Hawkins discussed hydrofracking and the Common Core.

The Green Party's Howie Hawkins spoke to reporters at length about one the key planks of his political platform: making sure hyrdrofracking never sees light of day in New York.    "Astorino's obviously for it. Cuomo's sittin' on the fence, waiting for the election to be over."


A new school year begins Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts where rising standardized test scores and a falling dropout rate are seen as signs of a turnaround in the struggling public school system. A new test, based on the Common Core educational standards, will be introduced in a majority of the city’s schools next year.

The scores of last year’s MCAS tests given to Springfield school students rose across the board at a higher rate than the gain recorded by school districts statewide, and the dropout rate has fallen  more than any other school system in the state.

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As upstate New York continues its ascent as a technological hub, Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering campus is now home to Tech Valley High. The cutting edge school is expected to become a blueprint as America's education system modernizes and tightens standards.

Tech Valley High had been ensconced in two different Rensselaer County locations. Wednesday marked the official ribbon-cutting for its new $8.5 million home at the NanoCollege, which is transitioning into SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

8/21/14 Panel

Aug 21, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Obama reacts to beheading/ISIL
U.S. Tried to rescue Foley
Slow going in Ferguson
Teachout stays
American Ebola doc to be released
Common Core losing ground in U.S.?

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School leaders in Connecticut met for their annual back to school kickoff meeting Tuesday, one day after the state’s education commissioner announced he would not be seeking a second term.