education

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

KEYSTRONE CROSSROADS - When Delaware County's Chester Upland School District raised taxes last summer for the fourth year in a row, it was just the latest move in a long-running attempt to bring a chronically deficit-ridden district back to financial health. 

PA House Takes Another Crack At Charter Schools

Apr 21, 2017
MATT ROURKE / AP PHOTO

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state legislature is returning to one of its toughest recurring issues--charter school reform. Among the provisions laid out in the latest omnibus proposal to get onto the House floor are a standardized application process for schools seeking charters, more consistent school performance rubrics, and an extension of the charter review period from five to ten years.

Bret Jaspers / WSKG News

 

After a week of criticism from the left and the right of the political spectrum, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget director is among those defending the state’s new free public college tuition program for some middle-class students. 

Bret Jaspers / WSKG News

A residency requirement for college students seeking free tuition at New York’s public colleges is drawing criticism. Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the late addition to the plan, approved as part of the state budget earlier this month. 

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Several central and northern New York legislators are praising the state's new budget as a win for the region's schools, but they say it was a hard-fought battle that is not over yet.

WITF

HARRISBURG (WITF) -- President Donald Trump's proposed budget slashes billions from teacher training and after school programs. If Trump's budget is approved as is, more than $2 billion would be cut from teacher training, and more than $1 billion from before and after school programs

NY Makes 'Substantial' Changes To Standardized Tests

Mar 31, 2017
Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Testing season has begun in schools across New York state. It’s unclear how many students will join the opt-out movement this year, but state officials said they have tried to answer some of the concerns from parents and teachers that spawned the movement. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- School property taxes are a perennial issue in Harrisburg. And while attempts to curtail or get rid of them entirely routinely fizzle out, a bill making modest changes is moving through the Senate. 

Chad McDermott

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Leaders of the opt-out movement say they're still not pleased with New York state's Common Core-based tests and the pressures they place on students and teachers. 

Payne Horning, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The number of students who are choosing to enter the education profession is declining. SUNY, which trains 25 percent of the New York’s educators, is trying to address the issue because the state's school districts are now seeing a shortage of qualified teachers.  

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