A $70 million dollar city school district building project is up for a vote today in Schenectady: The project is phase one of a renovation initiative to fine tune the district with a number of k-through-5 grammar schools, a trio of middle schools and two high schools. Voters will have to approve each phase - this first one entails  the district building an addition at Howe Elementary School, replacing Van Corlaer Elementary School stage with classrooms and closing Elmer Elementary.

State officials say 6,000 high school students from across New York will be able to earn an associate degree at no cost under a program designed to land them jobs when they graduate.

Governor  Andrew Cuomo says  that 16 high schools have been selected to be part of public-private partnerships designed to prepare students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and health care. The students will earn both an associate degree and a high school degree under the state's Pathways in Technology Early College High School program, or P-Tech.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says New Yorkers should not be alarmed if this year's standardized test scores in math and English drop steeply.

Duncan says the tests that New York students took last spring will establish "a new baseline measurement of student learning."

Duncan joined state Education Commissioner John King and New York City school officials Tuesday for a press conference about test results that will be released Wednesday.

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Pittsfield has been selected as one of only a handful of cities across the country to participate in a national science competition designed to encourage strong teaching in science. 

The “Make My LabWoRx” competition from Science WoRx, an online resource network for science educators sponsored by pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma US, Inc. is offering the opportunity for science teachers to win lab equipment for their schools through a competition with a goal of driving innovation in the classroom.

The largest association of Connecticut cities and towns is calling on a state task force to recommend increased funding for public education, despite a continuing drop in state revenues.

James Finley, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, said Tuesday the Education Cost Sharing grant, the largest pool of state aid for local education, is underfunded by more than $763 million. That means local property taxpayers cover the difference.


A high profile campaign is underway in Springfield Massachusetts to inspire more of the city’s public school students to attend college.  The initiative started with a pep rally on the steps of city hall and will continue this weekend with several events.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.