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The organization representing more than 600 public school boards across the state says how science is taught in the classroom will influence how a generation of students think about climate change.

Starting this fall, new standards for teaching science go into effect in New York.  They put a much more specific emphasis on the role of human activity in global warming.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with Dave Albert, spokesman for the New York State School Boards Association.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Education Department has hired a chief privacy officer to protect student and teacher data.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the appointment of Temitope Akinyemi this past week.

She'll be in charge of developing and implementing the department's privacy policies and investigating security breaches.

Akinyemi has experience as the privacy officer at the state Office of Information Technology Services, where she also was an attorney.

New state figures show the four year graduation rate in Rochester schools was up slightly last year, but not enough to please one district leader.

"We're not sitting in one place and waiting for things to happen. We're being proactive. We're looking at curriculums. We're looking at programs. We're looking at social emotional supports."

Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Christiana Otuwa told WXXI that for some students, finishing high school in four years is not always possible. Many need more time.