Common Core

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.

America After 3PM

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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.?

Connecticut Television Network

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.

8/20/14 Panel

Aug 20, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, NYPIRG Legislative Director Blair Horner, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
ISIS beheads U.S. Journalist
Battle over redistricting in NY
Common Core losing ground in U.S.?

Tim Kremer
Tim Kremer

With another school year just around the corner in New York, teachers have some new test results to go over. The math and English scores for grades 3 through 8 in the exams tied to the Common Core show slight improvement, but only about a third of the students are considered proficient. The Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer, says the test results show only modest gains, but he says things are moving in the right direction.