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Carl Paladino to appear at State Education Department hearing

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2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino will appear at hearing at the State Education Department in Albany on Thursday morning.

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Outgoing SUNY Chancellor discusses legacy

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Nancy Zimpher talks with Karen DeWitt.

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Concern over school aid funding changes

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School funding advocates worry that Governor Cuomo setting up for another political battle with over school aid next year, in a little-noticed provision in his new state budget.

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Prop 3: The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014

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One of the ballot measures you will be voting on when you head to the polls on November 4th is a subject this week on the program.

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Exclusive: Andrew Cuomo discusses 2010 redemption

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Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed to a rare sit-down television interview for the upcoming WMHT film on his father titled "Governor Mario Cuomo: Poetry and Prose."

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Watch trailer to new Mario Cuomo film

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You can argue he was the last New York Governor of national prominence. You can also argue whether his term as the state's 52nd chief executive was a success or failure.

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Interview with Education Commissioner Elia

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New State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia joins us on the program just in time for the start of the new school year.

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Cuomo says schools with high opt out rates unlikely to face sanctions

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Governor Cuomo says he doubts that there will be federal sanctions for schools that have high rates of students who boycotted standardized tests this spring.

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Commissioner Elia discusses latest test scores

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In July the State Education Department released the latest English language arts (ELA) and math test scores for students in Grades 3-8. The results were a bit of a mixed bag.

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Education Commissioner disagrees with federal attempt to punish opt out schools

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The state’s education commissioner, Mary Ellen Elia says she’s fighting a proposal by her predecessor, now the federal education secretary, John King, to punish schools with a high opt out rate from the standardized tests.

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Education groups worry over proposed federal sanctions for high opt out rate

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Education groups, dismayed by the federal education secretary’s threat to punish schools in New York with high opt-out rates for standardized tests, say he’s re-igniting controversy that state education officials have been trying to calm for the past year.

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Rural schools worry about future school funding

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It’s summer vacation for school children, leaders of New York’s rural schools are worrying about the new school year, and say they are squeezed by a tax cap and other factors.

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Advocates say state needs to obey 10 year old school aid court order

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It’s been 10 years since New York’s highest court ordered that more state money be paid to schools with the poorest children.

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Some Assemblymembers say pro ed tax credit campaign is backfiring

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One day after Governor Cuomo arranged a meeting with some state lawmakers and Catholic Church leaders to promote the education tax credit, the measure seems to be losing support among Assembly Democrats.

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Lower tax increases contributed to higher passage rate for school budgets

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A near record number of school budgets were approved around the state in Tuesday’s vote.

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