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A group dedicated to reducing child hunger has released a new report that shows New York ranks low among the 50 states in providing students with breakfast.

Albany High School opened in 1974, and voters in Albany will be asked on election day to approve an almost $200 million renovation for the 41-year-old building that currently houses more than 2,200 students in grades 9-12. For more on the project, and what it could mean for taxpayers, we spoke with the president opf the Albany School Board President, Ginnie Farrell.

1/29/15 Panel

Jan 29, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include an update on Sheldon Silver, California school bans students without vaccinations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress, Attorney general nominee Loretta E. Lynch, and Biofuels.

Massachusetts Fair Share

While many kids are preparing for the start of the school, federal budget cuts are leaving some in Massachusetts unsure about what the school year holds.

    Statistically speaking, most of our youngsters will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools. The good news, as Education Writer David L. Kirp reveals in Improbable Scholars, is that there's a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students. Indeed, this is precisely what's happening in a most unlikely place: Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson from Manhattan.

    Tonight at 7:30 PM in their Club B10, MASS MoCA will screen Brooklyn Castle as part of their Winter/Spring 2013 documentary film series, Compete!, celebrating films about winning, losing, and how you play the game.

Brooklyn Castle is an engaging and heartwarming doc about the championship winning chess team at IS 318 - a below-the-poverty-line public school in Brooklyn. The film focuses on 5 incredible kids and their coaches and teachers as they battle their opponents as well as recessionary budget cuts that threaten all extracurricular activities at their school.

The film won an Audience Award at last year’s South by Southwest Film 2012 Documentary Spotlight and was one of the top 10 Audience Favourites at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Filmmaker, Katie Dellamaggiore, will do a Q&A via Skype after the screening of Brooklyn Castle tonight at MASS MoCA and she joins us to talk about the film.

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School districts across New York are pulling out all the stops as they struggle to delay anticipated fiscal insolvencies. Embattled districts are considering mergers in order to continue to provide quality education.

Voters in Central New York have approved combining the neighboring Ilion and Mohawk districts. Ilion superintendent Cosimo Tangorra points out that his district had been disenfranchised by the state aid formula for a number of years.

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Advocates for early childhood education lobbied Monday at the Capitol in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to expand pre-K programs in New York's school districts.

A big push for pre-K funding in Albany as parents, educators and law enforcement officials voiced their support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's 25-million dollar proposed budget allocation for pre-K that would establish full-day programs in high need districts.

Putnam County Officials Discuss Security Issues

Dec 19, 2012

In the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut last week, Putnam County officials from law enforcement, school districts, and other governmental agencies held their first meeting Tuesday to address security issues at schools and other public facilities.

Keeping Schools Safe

Dec 17, 2012

NYS Education Commissioner John King released a statement Friday lamenting the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. King said, “Our schools are meant to be safe havens where children can learn, free from fear and violence.”

The third search this year for a new superintendent of a 6,000-student Berkshire school district is set to begin at the end of this month. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

At the end of this month, the Pittsfield School Committee will again begin its search for a new school superintendent. Currently, Dr. Gordon Noseworthy is serving as temporary superintendent, after being selected by the school board last June, though only for the current school year. Former superintendent Howard “Jake” Eberwein left his position last June.

Public school officials in Springfield, Massachusetts will be mailing letters and making telephone calls to the parents and guardians of thousands of middle and school students to let them know about the district’s new condom availability policy.

Starting September 1, condoms will be available to students from school nurses. parents and guardians who do not want their children to have access to condoms can opt-out of the policy, but at least one school committee member has called idea that condoms could be given out in school to 12-year-olds, “unnerving.”

The second largest public school system in Massachusetts will make condoms available to students as young as 12 with the start of the new school year next week. The  condom availability in the Springfield schools is part of a comprehensive effort to combat high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.   WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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    The Massachusetts State Treasurer during a visit to Springfield Wednesday committed to fund the rebuilding of two tornado damaged schools.  Special action by state officials means city taxpayers should be off the hook for any expenses.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The Vermont Department of Education says 73 percent of Vermont schools have not met increased targets under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The 2012 results were released Monday.

Officials say the increase was caused by a rise in standards, which go up every three years with the goal of 100 percent of students being proficient in math, reading and science by 2014. The final target increase was in 2011.

  A new superintendent has been selected to lead the second largest public school system in Massachusetts.   The next  superintendent of schools in Springfield Massachusetts is a home grown product,  as we hear from WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

        Daniel Warwick, who started his career in education in 1976  as a teacher in the Springfield Public Schools, became a principal, a special education  supervisor, and eventually deputy superintendent, has been picked to be the  troubled urban school districts new chief administrator.

It's a big week for New York State's elementary school students and their teachers, as we hear in this report from WAMC's Dave Lucas…

For three days beginning today, students in grades 3 to 8 will hunker down with No. 2 pencils to take the state standardized tests in English Language Arts.

Next week, they'll tackle standardized math assessments.

Under a new state law, student performance on the tests will now account for as much as 40 percent of annual reviews for certain teachers.

NY Schools, Taxpayers Wary of Tax Cap Budget Hits

Mar 29, 2012

The proposed New York state budget being voted on in Albany is a major factor for public school officials and taxpayers headed into a dicey two months preparing and voting on budgets. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more…

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate and Assembly majorities agreed on a 4 percent increase in school funding, an $805 million boost in aid that now totals about $21 billion a year.  They’ve also agreed on a law that ties expenses to the inflation rate, driving similar annual increases in future years.