11:40 am
Tue August 19, 2014

College At Brockport President Halstead Announces Retirement

The president of the College at Brockport has announced his retirement. John Halstead announced on Tuesday morning that he will retire one year from now in August 2015.

He made the announcement during the college's annual faculty and staff convocation.

The 66 year old Halstead has led the school since 2005.  Previously his resume included serving as president of Mansfield University in Pennsylvania for seven years.

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8:04 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Latest RCSD Common Core Test Scores Still Low, But Officials Say There Is Progress

The latest test results from English and Math exams are out from New York State for students in grades three through eight.

Officials say that students statewide made significant progress in math. Students made slight progress on the English Language Arts exams.

Statewide, the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level and above in Math rose to nearly 36 percent for all grades combined. In Rochester City School District, the number of students reaching that level was up two points to 6.8 percent.

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1:08 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

NYSUT Will Not Endorse A Candidate For Governor

(AP)  New York's powerful teachers' union will sit out of this year's governor's race. 

The union says Thursday it won't endorse Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his liberal primary challenger Zephyr Teachout, Green Party hopeful Howie Hawkins or Republican Rob Astorino. 

The union has sparred with Cuomo over teacher evaluations, the Common Core standards and his support for charter schools. 

Teachout and Hawkins both hold positions more in line with the union, but they're far behind Cuomo in name recognition and fundraising. 

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6:30 am
Wed August 13, 2014

SUNY Backs Bill Combating Campus Sexual Assaults

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's public university system is the first to support a law that would strengthen colleges and universities' assistance for sexual assault victims while establishing strong penalties for non-compliance.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and State University of New York officials are set to announce the endorsement Wednesday in Manhattan.

The New York Democrat is a primary backer of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.

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3:59 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Connections: The Comet

Talking about the comet and science communication.

RIT professor Brian Koberlein joins us to talk about the comet. Did you see the comet? Some remarkable video and still images have arrived in the past few days, and it's rather amazing. Koberlein is also talking about science communication. 

1:36 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Teachers Union Plans To Shred Tests In Protest


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York teachers say they plan to protest against the privatization of public education by shredding standardized tests.

Leaders of the New York State United Teachers union say the protest will take place Monday evening on the steps of the state Education Department in Albany.

Representatives from the New York AFL-CIO and United University Professions are expected to join in.

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3:33 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Connections: Breaking Down the Released Common Core Questions

Dissecting the common core testing questions released by the state.

This hour is part of Education Friday. On Wednesday, New York Education officials released half of the math and English test questions taken by students in grades 3 through 8. Supporters say it'll help teachers assess what the students are learning, the critics have targeted the questions themselves. 

Joining us to talk about this is Loy Gross and her daughter Kiera. Loy had decided to pull her daughter out of Pavilion Central Schools because of Common Core. We also had a chance to talk with Ken Wagner, deputy commissioner of cirriculum, assessment, and education technology for the New York State Education Department. 

10:33 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Vargas Wants To Close The "Opportunity Gap"

The Rochester City School Superintendent offered a speech that looked back and looked ahead to expected progress for city students.

Bolgen Vargas spent part of his annual State of Our Schools speech talking about positive changes in the district over the last couple of years. He says there is a new emphasis on fundamentals: attendance, reading and a more disciplined budget process.

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1:23 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Education Advocates Say NYS Is Underfunding Some Schools

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  An education watchdog group says New York state is billions of dollars behind in funding its schools and that it's unfairly hurting students in poorer districts. 

A report released Thursday by the Alliance for Quality Education says the state owes districts $4.9 billion in aid that it promised by 2011 to comply with an earlier court ruling. 

AQE says districts are owed an additional $1 billion in Gap Elimination Adjustment funding. That's money that the state has diverted from schools to help close budget deficits. 

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9:39 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Bolgen Vargas To Outline "State Of Our Schools"

Bolgen Vargas, the Superintendent of the Rochester City School District will deliver his annual State of Our Schools address on Thursday night at the Benjamin Franklin Campus.

There will be a family celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. including student musical performances, refreshments and other activities. Booths will be set up for parents to get information about student registration, transportation and other arrangements needed for the start of school in September.

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