Education

The deadline for New York school districts to submit teacher evaluation plans is midnight tonight. While a few districts have yet to submit their plans, the thirteen districts in Broome County have all had their plans approved by the State Department of Education.

The Binghamton City School District submitted its Annual Professional Performance Review, or APPR, last July, and it was approved in August. Binghamton and Union-Endicott’s proposals were recognized as two of the state’s ten model plans.

Governor Cuomo's education commission has recommendations for some education reforms. Commission chair and former Citigroup executive Dick Parsons says school days and the school year should be longer, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds should begin their education with all day pre-kindergarten.

Parson summed up the report’s underlying premise as: “Get them sooner, keep them longer and do more with them when you’ve got them”.

Governor Cuomo says the ideas are “bold” and “exciting”, but he cautions that there might not be enough money right now.

Youth Voice Special

Dec 18, 2012

WSKG's Youth Voice project has focused on teaching young people the art of sharing their story - and in finding what stories they want to tell. For several months, the Youth Voice reporters have been working with regional advisors and Annie Whitman, Education Initiatives Coordinator for WSKG. On this program, host Crystal Sarakas speaks with Annie and the reporters about their experience. 

Our region is home to dozens of universities, colleges and community colleges that attract tens of thousands of students and faculty to the area. Yet many people outside of the academic world are aware of the impact of these institutions on our local economy. And what challenges do our higher education institutions face in the coming decades? 

Student Loan Debt

Jul 31, 2012

The concern over rising student loan debt has been major news in the past few months. Today, the average college graduate leaves school with over twenty-thousand dollars in student loan debt. Default rates have spiked, and the national student loan debt burden just topped 1 trillion dollars. In one of the most challenging job markets in decades, some are wondering if college is worth it. 

NYS Regents Reform

Jan 31, 2012

The Regents Reform Agenda is the latest attempt to improve educational standards in New York, and it's not without controversy. While school districts around the state are working to implement the required changes, conflicts over some aspects of the agenda - like teacher evaluations - are putting hundreds of millions of dollars of federal aid at risk.

This program originally aired on January 31, 2012.

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See a follow-up panel discussion to the television documentary High School Dropouts with local experts and community members sharing their opinions, perspectives and ideas on the subject. WSKG Radio's Crystal Sarakas hosts. 

Every 9 seconds in America, a student drops out of school. On this Community Conversation, we'll take a look at the problem of school dropouts in our region, and talk about some of the ways to help keep young people in school.

Every 9 seconds in America, a student drops out of school. On this Community Conversation, we'll take a look at the problem of school dropouts in our region, and talk about some of the ways to help keep young people in school.

Teaching

Nov 16, 2010

Teaching can be one of the most rewarding and frustrating career choices a person can make. Teachers and administrators in today's education system are faced with a host of ever-changing policies, trends, and needs

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