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New York's high school graduation rate has improved slightly following the shift to remote learning and cancellation of Regents exams.

Across New York State, activists are seeing broadband internet access as a way to improve education and to improve neighborhoods, perhaps with community ownership.

The state Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill Wednesday that would impose a two-year moratorium on all biometric technology in New York schools. That would include facial recognition technology like the new security system activated in the Lockport City School District earlier this year.

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Go. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that New York public schools will be able to reopen this fall.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday against the state education department over the new security system in Lockport schools, which recognizes two things: guns and faces. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on how the system works and how the same technology used by Scotland Yard and INTERPOL ended up in a school district in Niagara County.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday against the state Education Department over its approval of the Lockport City School District’s facial recognition security system, which was activated in January.

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New York's high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019, but the gap between white students and students of color remains "significant."

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The New York State Education Department said Wednesday it will be satisfied with Lockport City Schools’ facial recognition technology after a few additional revisions are made to district policy.

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The leaders of prominent Western New York private schools like Nardin Academy and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute are speaking out against a proposed state policy that would give public school districts oversight of their institutions.

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Lockport City Schools are testing a facial recognition system intended to spot potentially dangerous intruders, but state officials are among those raising privacy concerns.

Teachers call for changes in standardized tests

Apr 9, 2019
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New York schoolteachers and their supporters rallied Monday in front of the New York Department of Education building in Albany. They said not only were the recent state computer tests broken — standardized testing in New York is broken, period.

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State education officials canceled computerized testing for New York’s third- through eighth-grade students on Wednesday after a software glitch prevented some students from being able to complete -- and in some cases, even begin -- the tests.

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A Brockport elementary school teacher has been named New York State's Teacher of the Year. 

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A familiar face is planning to throw his hat into the ring for the Park District seat on the Buffalo School Board now vacant because of a New York State Education Department decision.

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Carl Paladino may have been removed from the Buffalo School Board by Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, but that does not mean he is giving up. His lawyers say they are appealing the removal and continuing a Civil Rights lawsuit against the school board.

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The Buffalo School Board has called for Carl Paladino's resignation following disparaging comments he made about President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

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A committee of the state Board of Regents recommends spending $2.1 billion more on schools in the new state budget, saying it’s time to continue an effort begun a decade ago to funnel more money to the state’s poorest school districts.

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New findings released by Business First show that a majority of New York State high students will enroll in college, though less than half appear to be ready.

Deadline nears for participating in Common Core survey

Nov 29, 2015

Time is running out for the public to take part in an opinion survey on the Common Core learning standards.  The online survey closes Monday. 

The state’s education commissioner says she’s open to granting waivers to delay new teacher evaluation for an additional year, saying the new systems should not be hastily pushed through because of an arbitrary date.

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A new school year is starting soon, and education officials say they will try to reverse a growing movement of parents having their children opt out of standardized tests.  The boycott could jeopardize a new system of teacher evaluations.

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There is word the State Education Department plans to delay the implementation of new teacher evaluations for school districts facing hardships until September of 2016.

Inaccurate ratings for some Buffalo school teachers

Dec 16, 2014
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The Buffalo Public School District says mistakes were made in the teacher evaluation process.  More than 100 city school teachers and principals received ratings of 'effective' or 'highly effective',  but should have been rated 'ineffective'.

Deadline looms for proposed school turnaround plans

Dec 9, 2014
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Interim Buffalo School Superintendent Don Ogilvie says the school district has a Friday deadline to submit a round of proposed turnaround plans for four failing city schools to prevent closure by the New York State Education Department.

Regents committee responds to Common Core concerns

Feb 10, 2014
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The New York State Board of Regents is expected to act on two committee reports Tuesday, calling for a delay the impact of Common Core-related state assessments on educators and students and reducing the level of local school district testing associated with the new teacher evaluation law and higher standards for teaching and learning.

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Western New York Congressman Chris Collins said the Common Core standards are so bad they need to be stopped and stopped right now.

State Ed will help with Common Core rollout

Jan 27, 2014
Eileen Koteras-Elibol

The implementation of the Common Core learning standards will continue to move forward in schools across New York State. But, Board of Regents Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett says the state will help teachers if they are having trouble with the rollout of the standards.