education

Alex Crichton, WXXI

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - New York's Education Commissioner told a gathering of school, district, and BOCES administrators that while the state has made progress in areas like curriculum and assessments, much more work remains to be done. 

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Tuesday saw dramatic testimony in the hearing on whether former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino should be ousted from the Buffalo school board. Paladino took the stand and apologized for racist comments he made last December regarding President and Mrs. Obama.

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A hearing on whether 2010 gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino should be thrown off his city’s school board began Thursday at the state education department in Albany. 

Kevin McCorry, Keystone Crossroads

A telecom technician by trade, Schuylkill County homeowner Ron Boltz is not your typical suit-and-tie Harrisburg lobbyist. He's a self-taught policy wonk who walks the halls of the Capitol in jeans and polo shirt — burning endless vacation days in an effort to convince lawmakers to abandon nearly 200 years of history and reimagine the state's tax structure and school finance scheme. 

Three Top Penn State Officials Get Jail Time

Jun 5, 2017

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Three former top Penn State officials have received jail time for failing to properly report Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.  

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - New York state is in the midst of getting public input for its version of the Every Student Succeeds Act. That federal legislation, also known as ESSA, is what is following the No Child Left Behind law. The state is conducting 13 public hearings to get feedback on a proposal that lets states have more leeway as they develop education priorities. 

Report Seeks To Set Baseline For PA Education Debate

May 24, 2017
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(Harrisburg) -- A recent report from public education advocates seeks to set the baseline for discussion on how to address challenges facing Pennsylvania schools. The inaugural State of Education report from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) used public data and surveys to identify issues. Not surprisingly, 86% of school administrators say budget pressures are one of the biggest challenges facing public schools. They also share concerns over building maintenance and teacher shortages. 

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School districts across the state are holding votes on their budgets Tuesday. 

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New York state’s education commissioner said Tuesday that new state-specific learning standards will offer several improvements over the controversial Common Core standards. 

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
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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.

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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. 

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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.  

WATCH: Education Equity In Pennsylvania

Mar 23, 2017

Every child in Pennsylvania is offered an education through their local school district, but not every district is able to provide the same opportunities. A lot depends on the where the student lives.

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The New York Legislature’s one-house budgets aim to make some changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle-class students. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State House members kicked off their third and final week of budget hearings with an all-day Q&A with education officials. Governor Tom Wolf's proposed plan includes a $100 million boost for general education funding, which returns the allocation almost to its 2011 peak. 

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The Trump Administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York State, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A state senator's remarks at a recent town hall have prompted some calls for him to step down from the committee he chairs. 

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Dan White of Apalachin is a freshman at SUNY Broome, near Binghamton. At first, he thought about attending the University of Buffalo, but decided to live at home, save money, and work at a local Subway sandwich shop. Dan admits he thought college would be like a harder version of high school. But it was definitely tougher than that.

Organizers Prepare A Statewide March For Education Justice

Feb 10, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Following the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, a billionaire school choice advocate, as U.S. Secretary of Education, parents, students, and community members across the state will march to demand education justice in New York. 

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The Alliance for Quality Education says Gov. Andrew Cuomo is misleading the public in a debate about school funding. The school advocacy group has published a new report that criticizes the governor's proposed education spending plan and his attempts to defend it. 

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More than a decade after the state’s highest court ordered New York lawmakers to spend billions more on schools each year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his top aides are moving further away from ever fulfilling the order, critics say. 

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School funding advocates are concerned that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is setting up for another political battle over school aid next year in a little-noticed provision in his new state budget. 

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