New York News
7:59 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Cuomo commission pushes longer school day, year

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Many of the recommendations released Wednesday have been proposed before but blocked by politics or lack of funding. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says those remain major obstacles.

Some of the ideas are already in place to some degree, including teacher competency tests and using schools to address health, mental health and other social needs.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Statewide Bus Rally Lobbies for More School Aid

The rally in Kingston, before heading up to Albany
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  There was a rally on Long Island, and then the bus departed for the Hudson Valley for a stop in Kingston before calling it a day in Albany.

The message was clear. New York State's schools are hurting and a lack of funding is making it difficult to educate our children.

“We are maintaining. We should be in good shape for the next couple of years,” said Maureen Bowers, a Kingston school board member, as she spoke in front the Educate NY Now Express bus that was making the run to Albany. 


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4:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

School Districts in New York, Mass., and Conn. to Experiment with Longer School Days

Earlier this week, officials in five states announced they would be participating in a pilot program that would add hundreds of hours in classroom time to the school year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Pilot Program Extends School Day for Some Mass. Students

School for thousands of Massachusetts public school students is about to get quite a bit longer.

Massachusetts is among five states announcing today that they'll add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. The initiative is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level. The other states are Colorado, Connecticut, New York and Tennessee.

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Capital District News
7:53 am
Mon December 3, 2012

New York Bus Tour for Education to End in Albany

Students and teachers at UC Berkeley protest lack of state and federal funding in 2011
Credit AP Photo

  Hundreds of students, parents and teachers are getting ready to head to Albany to ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers for more money for education.

Organizers say 10-15 buses will depart from every corner of New York Dec. 5. Once in Albany, the group will march from the State Museum to the Capital.

The event is being called the Educate NY Now Express tour and is a response to deep cuts in state educationaid combined with a new property tax cap limiting what districts can raise through tax increases.

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7:38 am
Mon December 3, 2012

New York Among 5 States to Increase Classroom Time

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 New York is among five states planning to add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar for some schools starting next year.

The three-year pilot program is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level. The other states participating are Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.

Schools will work with parents and teachers to decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school year or both.

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Hudson Valley News
7:24 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Middletown School is a Finalist in Race to the Top Competition

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Credit Jacquelyn Martin / AP

  The U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday that the Middletown City School District is among 61 applications selected as a finalist for the Race to the Top-District competition.

The program will provide close to $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers.

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New England News
6:07 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Massachusetts to Grant In-State Tuition to Immigrant Students

The Governor of Massachusetts has submitted a request to the state’s Commissioner of Higher Education that  formerly undocumented students living in the Commonwealth receive in-state college tuition at public universities and community colleges. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
8:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Arizona School Backs Off Deal for Free Mass. Campus

An Arizona college has backed out a deal for a free 217-acre campus in Massachusetts, citing tens of millions in unanticipated costs.

Grand Canyon University informed the Oklahoma-based owners of the Northfield campus last week, five weeks after they were named the recipient after an extensive search.

The for-profit Christian college had planned to eventually host 5,000 students at the former campus of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, founded by 19th century evangelist D.L. Moody.

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3:25 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Katie Yezzi - Practice Perfect

It’s been said that practice makes perfect, but only if you make the most of that practice. That’s the theme of the new book Practice Perfect. For many people, practice means hours at the piano when we were kids, or long and boring sessions that we would rather avoid.

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