Education news

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has created a scholarship and fellowship honoring former aide Carey Gabay, who was fatally shot after being caught in gang crossfire.

The full-ride scholarship will be awarded annually to five students at State University of New York schools.

The fellowship is open to attorneys interested in public service. Winners will spend two years in the office of the counsel to the governor focusing on issues relating to violence and poverty.

To be eligible for the programs applicants must come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Officials say that unseasonably cool temperatures didn’t keep nearly 2,000 people from coming out to Churchill Downs Saturday night to help make RIT’s 31st Big Shot photograph a success.

More than 1,800 volunteers, including 21 RIT students who traveled to Kentucky from upstate New York and about 60 alumni who live in the area, provided the primary light source for the Big Shot image while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure with Churchill Downs completely dark for the first time in its history

Lathrop Hall Renovations Completed

Oct 3, 2015

SUNY Brockport cut the ribbon Friday on its renovated Lathrop Hall, home to its Department of Nursing and University Police.

Lathrop Hall, first opened in 1951 as the original student union and dining hall.

Renovations cost $14.5 million.

Now, nursing students will have acess to state-of-the-art technology as they study and train.

RIT Opens Health Science Center

Oct 3, 2015
RIT photo by A. Sue Weisler

RIT opened its new Clinical Health Sciences Center Friday.

The Center is a 45-thousand square foot addition to the north end of Louise Slaughter Hall. It will be home to the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition and student programs in behavioral health, ultrasound and physician's assistant.

A doctor's office and clinic will open October 19 as part of RIT’s partnership with Rochester Regional Health. Primary and walk-in care will be available to RIT employees and the community. A laboratory blood-draw station will also open.

Photo provided by MCC

Bonnie Livermore is 29-years-old. After high school, in 2005, she immediately went to college.

"I didn't really know what I wanted to do, so I chose a liberal arts degree and it didn't really work out for me so I stayed with my current job and I'm still there today."

Over the course of thirteen years at her restaurant job she's worked her way from crew member to general manager. Along the way, she was exposed to hands-on stuff, like maintenance work, a little electrical, even fixing the grills.

The Gananda School District in Wayne County has sent a letter to parents letting them know that water in the rooftop air conditioning unit at the Richard Mann Elementary School has tested positive for Legionella spores.

That was found during testing that is now required of  buildings with that type of air conditioning cooling tower after an outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease in New York City in August.

WASHINGTON (AP & WXXI News) Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December after 7 years in the Obama administration. 

Duncan says in a letter to staff that he's returning to Chicago to live with his family. 

President Barack Obama is tapping Education Department official John King Jr. as acting secretary through the end of his term. But Obama is not nominating King to be secretary. Elevating King in an acting capacity spares Obama a potential clash with Senate Republicans over his education policies as his term draws to a close.  

The Spencerport School District is one of three districts around the state singled out for their efforts on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

They are being recognized by SUNY Polytechnic Institute and the New York State School Boards Association.

The three districts are receiving the "Be the Change for Kids" innovation award for using pioneering approaches to education.

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the Gates-Chili School District for refusing to permit a student with disabilities to attend school with a service dog unless accompanied by a separate handler provided by the student’s family.

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Rochester, alleges that Gates-Chili violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has assembled a panel of educators, lawmakers and parents to review the Common Core learning standards and the way schoolchildren are tested on them.

Cuomo has been critical of the state's rollout of the standards and earlier this month promised a review and changes.

On Monday, he launched the 15-member Common Core Task Force to be led by Richard Parsons, a senior adviser at Providence Equity Partners. Parsons led an earlier education reform panel that made recommendations in January 2014.