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The New York State Education Department has hired a chief privacy officer to protect student and teacher data. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the appointment of Temitope Akinyemi on Wednesday.

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Pennsylvania continues to wrestle with an essential question for the future of its people and its economy: What should a high school diploma mean, and what should it take to earn one? In the past decade, the state has moved towards prioritizing standardized testing as a graduation requirement. But the pendulum now seems to be swinging in the opposite direction. 

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The state’s education commissioner said she’s fighting a proposal by her predecessor, now the federal education secretary, to punish schools with a high opt-out rate from the standardized tests. 


(WRVO) Shipwrecks are a big draw for divers and tourists in the great lakes. Now – for the first time in 20 years -- more communities are getting help in preserving and showing off their underwater treasures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expanding its national marine sanctuary program

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Duncan Ackerman, a Penn State senior majoring in Community and Economic Development, has spent the whole summer getting to know the store owners in downtown Lock Haven. He rattles off the names of restaurants, hair salons and stores in the small Clinton County town.

New York State Settles Refugee Case With Utica Schools

Jul 25, 2016
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(WRVO) The Utica City School District has settled a lawsuit with New York state over allegations that it denied equal education opportunities to some refugee and immigrant students. The school district had diverted some foreign students to an alternative education program that taught them English, which the lawsuit claimed was inferior. 

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Urban school districts in Pennsylvania face a particularly cruel logic. They serve the poorest, most needy students, yet, when it comes to state funding per pupil, most of them don't make the top of the list. That dynamic has come to a head in the city of Erie, where leaders of one of the largest school systems in the state are contemplating closing all high schools. 


It’s lunchtime on a blue-skyed summer’s day, and Herwig’s Bistro is bustling. The owner, Bernd Brandstatter, is serving up their Friday specialty. “We always have Schweinshaxen, which is a slow-roasted local bone-in, skin-on, bacon-wrapped pig leg,” Brandstatter said. Herwig’s specializes in authentic Austrian dishes. However, there is one Austrian delicacy you won’t be able to purchase with your meal.

ACLU Sues School Districts Over Education Of Refugees

Jul 20, 2016
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The ACLU filed the lawsuit on Tuesday on behalf of seven student refugees between the ages of 17 and 21. It alleges that Lancaster school officials have refused to enroll students altogether or have diverted them to Phoenix Academy, where they get boot camp-style discipline and a fraction of the English language instruction they would at the local high school. The Utica City School District in New York and several other districts settled similar lawsuits earlier this year.

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The dust has settled on the 2016-17 Pennsylvania budget, and, as usual, debates over education funding and policy dominated much of the negotiations. Last year this time, Democrats and Republicans were still miles apart on budget talks, and it took until March to come to resolution. This year, a final deal was hashed out a mere 13 days late.