Responding to Wednesday’s early-morning passing of the New York State Budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo said reforming the state’s education system is arguably the most important responsibility of his position.
The State Legislature overnight approved a 2015-2016 budget that includes new education policies. The reforms sought by Governor Cuomo in recent weeks linking state aid, teacher evaluations and standardized testing for students proved to be very controversial.
With details of the new budget plan still emerging, WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board President Bob Dana about the direction the state is taking on education.
Under state law, the Education Commissioner can remove school board members or superintendents who refuse to administer state required assessments. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul says she is concerned about more districts following the lead of the Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board.
Teachers have been holding rallies all around the state protesting Governor Cuomo’s education proposals, and hundreds are expected to converge on the Capitol Monday to protest over reliance on standardized tests, and other issues.
A state lawmaker is defending a plan that might see SUNY Fredonia lower its tuition for students from Pennsylvania and Ohio as a way to try to boost out-of-state enrollment.
The proposed three-year pilot project would still require out-of-state students to pay 1.5 times the rate of in-state tuition. But under the current system, out-of-stater enrollees pay double the rate.
Governor Andrew Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees and convinced officials to pass a system-wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.
When a school district wants to fire a teacher or an administrator, there is a legal process to follow. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Andrew Freedman talks about how firings are done and how that process is changing.
The Buffalo Common Council Education Committee held a public hearing Thursday evening on Buffalo Public schools, including the Common Core learning standards that have been backed by the Buffalo school system. Community members who spoke at the hearing in Council chambers said parents have to understand the new rules better.
Senate Republicans say they will break a long standing tradition of boycotting the election of new Regents. They now say they will attend a joint legislative session and that many will vote 'no' over dissatisfaction with the Common Core. It is uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be reelected.
The deadline for the state budget is approaching and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates said Monday they have gathered evidence for potentially another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.
The Common Core educational standards have to go, along with high-stakes testing and state and national collections of student data, said people attending a tense meeting Tuesday night in West Seneca East High School.
Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2014-2015 state budget Tuesday. The $137.2 billion spending plan includes more money for schools, including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs. It would also freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments cooperate.