Commentary & Opinion
12:08 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Paul Elisha: A Poem for Today's Collegiate Captives

Lately, this commentator has become acutely aware of a new, completely technologized collegiate generation. So on this Post-Spring-Break day, with the computerized I-Pod.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:27 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi: New York’s Testing Folly

This week, in classrooms across the state, hundreds of thousands of elementary and middle school students are taking standardized tests – the first tests given by the State Education Department based on the new Common Core learning standards.

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Capital Region News
4:35 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Assignment at Albany High: Explain Why ‘Jews Are Evil’


Albany, New York is making national headlines again - for all the wrong reasons.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:07 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Herbert London: Basic Competencies and The MOOC Surge

It is difficult to know if MOOC’s (Massive Open On-line Courses) are a conspiracy to undermine the Academy or mankind’s final redemption, a way to open the avenues of higher education. However one sees it, millions of people are already taking on-line courses. There is a revolution taking place driven by technology and cost controls. Where it will end up is anyone’s guess, but ultimately the success of this innovation will depend on measured competencies.

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New York News
4:54 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

UAlbany Connecting With Communities

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The University at Albany has embarked on a program to strengthen its connections with the community.

UAlbany President Dr. Robert Jones "public engagement" initiative builds on a similar program that advanced the concept at the University of Minnesota, where Jones served most recently as Senior Vice President and spent a total of 33 years in academic and administrative leadership positions.

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New York News
12:58 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Tim Kremer, New York State School Boards Association - Education in New York's 2013-2014 Budget

Education is always one of the main ingredients of the New York State Budget and this year is no exception. The New York State School Boards Association has looked over the spending plan and has found some good work, and a few areas in need of Improvement. Tim Kremer is the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri March 29, 2013

"Free to Learn" by Peter Gray

    In his new book, Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion.

New England News
6:36 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Mass. Governor Highlights Need for Education Investment in Berkshires

Governor Deval Patrick toured Silvio Conte Community School in Pittsfield with students.
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today toured an elementary school in one the state’s Gateway Cities, where he also highlighted his plan to make significant investments in public education.

Governor Patrick was led by students through the Silvio Conte Community School in Pittsfield, where he met students, teachers, and administrators.

Governor Patrick addressed the challenges schools in Gateway Cities, like the Silvio Conte Community School face every day, with many students from low-income households and many studying English as a second language.

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New England News
5:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Campaign Unveiled To Convince Children To Stay In School

Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick at the launch of the "Stay In School" initiative at Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
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Educators, business leaders, and philanthropists are backing an initiative in Springfield Massachusetts to combat a problem that confounds many urban schools: a  low high school graduation rate.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Greenfield School Committee Votes to Keep Virtual Academy in Operation

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A Western Massachusetts school committee has voted to keep the state’s only operation virtual school open next year.

Recently the Greenfield Public Schools Committee voted to reverse an earlier decision that would have discontinued the operation of the district’s Massachusetts Virtual Academy in the 2013-2014 school year.

Some committee members had felt that ceding control of the Virtual Academy to the state’s new Commonwealth Virtual School program would be too similar to creating a charter school.

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