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10:57 am
Tue January 13, 2015

SUNY Geneseo Names New President

SUNY Geneseo has a new president. The university today appointed Denise Battles to that position. She is currently provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Battles' appointment caps a 25-year career as a geologist, professor and higher education administrator.

She succeeds Christopher Dahl, who retired last year after 20 years at Geneseo. 

Interim president Carol Long has led the college since Dahl's retirement and plans to return to her previous position as provost and vice president for academic affairs.

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Education
2:18 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

President's Tuition-Free Community College Plan

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Local officials are showing their support for President Obama's proposal to provide two year's of community college for free for responsible students.

In order to qualify, students would need to maintain a 2.5 grade point average, attend college at least half-time, and make steady progress toward completing a program.

Federal funding would cover three quarters of the average costs, and participating states would be expected to contribute the remaining funds.

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Education
10:29 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Price Tag For Obama's Community College Plan: $60 Billion Over 10 Years

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  President Barack Obama on Friday announced an ambitious, multibillion-dollar proposal to pay for two years of community college for any American, saying education ``should not be a privilege that is reserved for a few."

Obama said the plan, which the White House estimates would cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years, would help the U.S. compete with other countries with a 21st century workforce. The White House says details on how the president proposes to pay for the plan will come next month.

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Education
6:09 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Obama In Tennessee To Promote Free Community College

President Obama speaks at a Ford assembly plant on Wednesday in Wayne, Mich., about the resurgent automotive and manufacturing sector.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:15 pm

President Obama is in Tennessee previewing some of the big issues he'll talk about in his State of the Union address later this month. Friday, he'll speak in Knoxville, focusing on education and an idea that is gathering steam in some states: making community college tuition-free.

In the emerging debate over this idea, there are skeptics and there are true believers.

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Education
3:49 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Plan for One Edison Tech

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The Rochester City School District has introduced a plan to turn Edison Technology Campus back into one school where students can explore four multiple career pathways.

Dr. Keith Babuszczak, Chief of School Innovation for Career Pathways and Learning in the District, says those four pathways are construction architecture and design, advanced manufacturing and engineering technology, digital media and information technology.

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Education
2:46 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

New York State Requires Rigorous Physical Exams for School Bus Drivers

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Police are continuing to investigate the cause of a school bus crash on Hudson Ave, including the health of the driver.

Driver Edwin Rivera DeJesus was pronounced dead on scene at the sight of the crash. He was 30-years-old.

A spokesman from DeJesus' bus company says the accident appears to have been caused by a sudden health incident, like a major heart attack. But according to the company, DeJesus didn't have any pre-existing conditions.

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Education
12:13 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

When Is It Cold Enough To Close Schools? Local Leaders Follow Health Department Guidelines

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There were no reported school closings in Monroe County today, despite the bitter cold temperatures. 

But Jeff Crane, superintendent in the West Irondequoit school district, says he and his colleagues do pay great attention to the weather forecast when we start to hear about wind chills in the double digits. 

"That gets our attention, and as you know from past years in previous conversations, the Monroe County Health Department has recommended to schools that they seriously consider closing schools in the cold weather when at minus 25 degree wind chill," Crane said.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Motivate Students Through School Supplies

Kids usually get a lot of school supplies in September, but the Ibero American Action League in Rochester finds many in its Youth Services program run out by the end of the holiday break.

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Education
2:40 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

College Savings Tax Deadline Draws Near

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The State Comptroller reminds parents of college students that there's a deadline coming to get a tax deduction for money saved to send the kids to a New York school.

Contributions to the state's 529 College Savings program must be deposited by Wednesday, December 31, for use in 2015.

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Education
6:17 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Deadline For Filing For Tax Benefit By Saving For College

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Time is running out for New Yorkers who hope to get a tax deduction by setting aside money in a college savings account.

Thomas DiNapoli is reminding residents that in order to claim the tax relief contributions to the state's 529 College Savings Program account must be made by Wednesday.

Taxpayers who make contributions are eligible for up to $10,000 in state tax deductions.

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