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Several local colleges and universities will benefit from grants announced Monday by Governor Cuomo.

The more than $35 million is from the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program which provides matching grants to private colleges and universities.

State Budget Hearing on Higher Education

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State spending on higher education was on the agenda Monday as budget hearings continued in Albany.

Testifying during the hearing, Monroe Community College President Anne Kress addressed lawmakers on the need for more base aid for MCC and other schools.

She joined SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in requesting more funding.

Kress it's a simple and straight forward request to increase the base aid by $285 dollars per full time equivalent student.

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A top official at Roberts Wesleyan College says that many people at that  Chili-based school are angry about the racial epithets written on a dormitory wall this week. The college plans to respond aggressively to that incident.

Hundreds of students attended a  meeting at the college Friday to talk about the incident where the racial slurs were scrawled on the door and wall of a dorm suite, which is occupied by several African American students who are also members of the basketball team.

Authorities are investigating an incident where racial slurs were found written in a dorm on the Roberts Wesleyan campus.

Monroe County deputies say the slurs were written in a common area of a suite. They also say some money was taken out of a backpack in the same area.

Deputies are treating this as a criminal mischief and larceny investigation.

Roberts Wesleyan President Deana Porterfield issued this statement:

The city school board president is announcing the formation of a special advisory committee to determine if a military academy could work in the district.

Van White says the committee,  comprised of cross-section of community members, from active and retired military people to civilians and teachers, will be co-chaired by two people: Todd Baxter, CEO of the Veterans Outreach Center, and retired Lt. Col. Ulises Miranda, a Junior ROTC instructor in the district.

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is responding to an interim report issued about race and diversity on campus.

You can read his full response here.

The report and the response comes after protests at the U of R last November, with dozens of students gathering to complain about racism they feel is occurring on a regular basis.

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A student mentor program aims to introduce children in Rochester City Schools to positive role models in their community. Pillars of Hope invites African American and Hispanic adults to spend the first Monday of every month in a classroom, and they have just expanded to School #9's MLK Boys Academy.

Justin Ortiz has been a volunteer with the program for two years.

"It's awesome to be able to take my circumstances, everything that I've been through, and present it to them, and say, you don't have to go through this."

RIT  will share in more than a million dollars being granted by the state's economic development agency. It’s money that will be used to expand efforts to build upon programs in digital gaming.

Empire State Development has announced three new "Digital Gaming Hubs" in New York, at RIT, NYU  and RPI.

State officials say the idea to encourage students and businesses to create new, innovative technologies, and help students and entrepreneurs get into a $70 billion a year global industry.  RIT and the other schools will each get $150,000 a year for three years.

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Linda Cimucz says the superintendent's chair is nothing she ever really aspired to, and she took the job under very regretful circumstances.

But she says she wants to keep the district moving in the right direction for the permanent superintendent.

Cimusz was named interim leader after Dan Lowengard resigned do to health reasons.

Cimusz has 40 years of experience and she'll use that to help advance the district's attendance initiatives.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York teachers are celebrating changes in state education policy with a 10-day, $1 million statewide media campaign.

Ads by the New York State United Teachers union will run all week. 

NYSUT leaders say that unprecedented activism by parents and teachers opened the door for changes in public education. They include a four-year moratorium on the use of Common Core test scores in teacher evaluations and a re-boot of the Common Core learning standards.