12:13 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

RIT "Service Call" To Guatemala

Throughout the semester, engineering students worked with faculty and alumni to prepare for their trip to Guatemala to work in area hospitals as part of Engineering World Health. Students practiced with different types of equipment and on repairs they might encounter while there.
Credit Iris Allsani

Five RIT engineering students left Rochester Sunday to put their skills to work fixing medical equipment in Guatemala. They will volunteer at two hospitals in Guatemala City, and a third in nearby Antigua.

Lisa Chiffolo is a fourth year Chemical Engineering student. "It sounded like a great opportunity to be able to do something good with my time as opposed to 'well, I worked an extra two months co-op.' Now, I'm going to go somewhere and hopefully help a lot of people."

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6:18 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

St. John Fisher Mourns Loss Of Pharmacy School Dean

St. John Fisher College is mourning the loss of the founding Dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Scott Swigart died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

Over the last year, the Fisher community rallied around Swigart to support him while he was undergoing treatment. Faculty, staff, and students in the School of Pharmacy created purple “Team Swigart” pins, bracelets, and t-shirts, which were worn by members of the Fisher community on a daily basis

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11:45 am
Tue December 23, 2014

RIT To Establish Cybersecurity Scholarship Program


RIT says it will use a multi-million dollar federal grant to establish a cybersecurity scholarship program.

The National Science Foundation has awarded RIT a five-year, nearly $4 million grant that will allow the university to become part of a scholarship program which was established in response to ongoing threats to the nation's information technology infrastructure.

The program provides full tuition and a stipend in exchange for future government service. RIT was one of the first universities in the country to create a dedicated department of computing security.

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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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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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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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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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11:48 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Sex Standard: When "Yes" means "Yes"


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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11:12 am
Thu December 11, 2014

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

Andrew Brown

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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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.