Fewer than 20 percent of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs. Critics say the number falls far short of the goals of a program billed in the state budget as universal pre-K.
In the final days of the New York legislative session, which ended last week in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a two-year delay in the teacher assessments to be based on the Common Core testing. It was just one of the education issues state leaders dealt with this year, or left on their table for another day. For a look back at how education fared in Albany this year, we spoke with Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, who commented on the teacher evaluation delay.
Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting on the state’s November ballot. They say it’s a sham that does not offer the changes that it promises.
As New York awaits a decision from the state’s highest court on whether communities have the right to use local zoning laws to ban the use of land for oil and gas activities, several local governments in many states are regulating hydraulic fracturing. Experts from affected states recently briefed reporters on the growing trend of community control over fracking.
The Saratoga Springs Police Department has released more photographs, video, and other documents related to the events last summer that led to the death of a Malta man in May of this year, but the family of the victim is still looking for more information.
Apple added what’s known as a "kill switch" to iPhones last September. Authorities say that has sharply reduced robberies and thefts of the popular smartphone. Now, Microsoft and Google will a kill switch to their smartphone operating systems.