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11:31 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New H.S. Graduation Rates: RCSD Lowest Percentage In NYS

New numbers out Thursday from the NYS Education Department shows little change in  high school graduation rates for the Rochester School District over the last several years, and the city school district has the lowest graduation rate among the larger school districts in the state.

The four-year graduation rate for high school students who graduated in June of this year in Rochester was 43.4 percent. That's slightly higher than the 43 percent graduation rate for students who graduated in June of last year.

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Education
6:17 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Boces Project Gets Overwhelming Approval

Voters have approved the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES capital project.

The measure on Tuesday passed by  a vote of 607 to 99. The $29.2 million project involves  upgrades to the main campus on Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. 

Officials say the project  will increase classroom capacity to accommodate growth in enrollment in career and technical education programs and add space for professional development for teachers and administrators from around the region.

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Education
3:46 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

NYS Board Of Regents Wants $2 Billion More For Education

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  The New York state Board of Regents is recommending a $2 billion increase in state school aid in the 2015-16 budget. 

The board, which sets education policy, says the recommendation approved Monday would drive more money to districts with the greatest needs and advance priorities like early childhood learning. 

In all, the Regents recommend the state spend $24.4 billion on education in the next fiscal year. 

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Education
3:42 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

SUNY Research Foundation To Pay $3.75 Million To Settle Claims

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Federal prosecutors say the Research Foundation for the State University of New York has agreed to pay $3.75 million to resolve allegations that its Center for Development of Human Services manipulated audits of health care programs in 2007-2008. 

Authorities say the nonprofit foundation contracted with the state Health Department to review and report to the federal government on patients' eligibility for government-funded Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs. 

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Education
11:48 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Sex Standard: When "Yes" means "Yes"

Credit Salon.com

BUFFALO (AP) Administrative policy may be the new pillow talk on college campuses across New York.

A universal "affirmative consent'' standard is now part of a sexual assault prevention policy adopted across the state's public university system. It spells out for students that only :yes'' - not silence or a lack of resistance - is the cue for sexual activity.

The so-called "Yes Means Yes'' standard could spread to private campuses next year through legislation favored by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as states face pressure to improve their handling of campus sexual assaults.

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Education
11:12 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Regent Does Not Expect Changes to Common Core With King's Departure

Andrew Brown
Credit regents.nysed.gov

A local member of the State Board of Regents is not surprised by the news that State Education Commissioner John King, Jr. is leaving his job for a position at the White House.  

King will be stepping down from his role at the end of this year to serve as senior adviser to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

During his more than three years leading the State Education Department, Commissioner King faced intense criticism over implementation of the Common Core standards and teacher evaluations tied to Common Core-based tests.

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Education
6:12 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

State Ed Commissioner John King Leaving For Obama Administration

New York State Education Commissioner John King is stepping down to join the Obama administration as senior advisor to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

King was appointed state education commissioner in May 2011, after serving as deputy commissioner. During his tenure, King pushed for education reform in New York, implementing Common Core standards, one of 46 states to do so.

He also was at the helm when New York began requiring annual teacher evaluations based in part on student performance on Common Core-aligned standardized tests, a position that made him the main target of opposition to both initiatives.

The Common Core standards had support from Governor Andrew Cuomo--who later tried to distance himself from his initial support--but were strongly criticized by parents and teachers across the state.

In a statement, King says he's "humbled and honored" to work with President Barack Obama and Duncan.

Education
4:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

University Of Rochester Submits Proposal To Revamp East High School

A community school. A Freshman Academy. School family groups. An expanded career and technical education program. Those are some of the items being proposed by the University of Rochester in its partnership plan with East High School. The proposal now being reviewed by the Rochester Board of Education.

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Education
12:56 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Remembering Will Katawazi

Will Katawazi

The parents of Will Katawazi say their son was full of adventure and he enjoyed his friends at CP Rochester, an integrated preschool for children with or without disabilities.

Al and Heather Katawazi lost their 5-year old son when he died suddenly last June, just three days before graduating from the preschool.

They thought a good way to honor Will would be to build an adaptive zip line for the children at CP Rochester.

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Education
11:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Charter Schools on the Minds of Local Education Leaders on Their Annual Albany Trip

Credit watchdog.org

Rochester-area school leaders had a chance to meet with senior staff in the state legislature this week.

Monroe County School Boards Association executive director Jody Siegle joined the group of superintendents and school board members on their annual trip to Albany.

She said one subject that came up was the increasing popularity of charter schools and the call by some to expand those schools around the state.                              

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