New York Lawmakers Discuss Rising Student Loan Debt

Dec 1, 2016
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For many families, the burden of student loan debt is overwhelming; and while Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently introduced a new student loan forgiveness program, the steady rise in percentage of student debt remains an issue. 

Officials at SUNY Geneseo say they are investigating another incident of racist graffiti. This time, it was the letters KKK found scrawled on the side of a gazebo on campus.  The graffiti has since been removed.

Students Rally For Creation Of A 'Sanctuary Campus'

Nov 30, 2016

Students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges held a “Walk Out” Tuesday, to stand in solidarity with people they feel have been targeted by hateful rhetoric and policies.

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For decades, free and reduced priced school meals have been a source of healthy food for low-income kids. Last school year, over a million New York children qualified for free or reduced meals. WSKG's Sarah Gager and Gabe Altieri discuss a bill currently in Congress that could change how schools feed students. It’s a bill that reauthorizes the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.


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The climate change conference in Morocco ended over the weekend with an urgent message to president-elect Donald Trump – join the battle against global warming or risk contributing to catastrophe and moral failure. About 25,000 people attended the gathering aimed at keeping the earth from over-heating, and staving off the impacts like rising seas, droughts and increasingly destructive storms. 

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(WXXI) Officials say the New York State Education Department will not make additional changes to standardized tests for students in grades three through eight, at least through 2018.

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Cornell University has picked Martha E. Pollack to be the school’s next president. Pollack is the provost of the University of Michigan and a computer science professor.

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One of the biggest decisions New York lawmakers make is how to fund schools. But the way the state decides how much money individual districts get has led to a good deal of frustration.

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(Keystone Crossroads) Recently, we published a story that analyzed the effects of the dramatic enrollment swings that have taken place in Pennsylvania school districts over the past 25 years. The interactive graphic above was included in that piece, but it's worth noting as a tool in and of itself.

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(WRVO) Upstate Medical University officials hope the build out of the Central New York Biotech Accelerator in Syracuse will help define the area as a haven for biotech research and development.