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SUNY Committee adopts controversial charter school teaching requirements

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Some of the state’s top ranking education officials are condemning a vote by a State University of New York committee that would weaken regulations for teachers at some charter schools.

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State Education officials say they are not lowering teacher standards

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The state Board of Regents is taking steps to make it easier for teachers to become certified in New York. But the state education commissioner denies that it’s a lessening of requirements.

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SUNY considers lighter requirements for charter school teachers

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The State University of New York board members overseeing charter schools are in the midst of a public comment period on whether charter school teachers should be allowed to have fewer qualifications than public school teachers.

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Test Scores Inch Up

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The results of this year’s Common Core related standardized tests show scores for New York’s school children inching up. Around one fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether, due to continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards.

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Teachout teaches civics

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Goal is to get people more engaged.

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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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Cuomo education panel recommends more school time for children

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Governor Cuomo’s education commission recommends extending the school day and school year, as well as all day pre kindergarten.

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Cuomo's 'death penalty' remarks on failing schools draws reaction

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The school year starts for school children in New York this week and next week.

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King testifies at budget hearing; faces Common Core questions

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Lawmakers asked numerous questions to King, many imploring him to delay or halt the implementation altogether.

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Author explains "The End of Public Education"

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University of Rochester Professor David Hursh has a new book out this week whose title is sure to raise eyebrows.

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Poll finds half of New Yorkers agree with test opt out

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A new Siena College poll finds that half of New Yorkers support a growing movement for parents to opt their children out of state standardized tests.

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More lawmakers call for action after students opt out of tests

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There’s growing support in the state legislature to address controversial aspects of the state’s Common Core learning standards and related testing.

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Cuomo, lawmakers still seeking agreements as session draws to a close

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The legislature is due to adjourn later this week, but there’s still no agreement by Assembly Democrats on an education tax credit sought by Governor Cuomo that would allow donors a tax credit when they give up to a million dollars for private school scholarships and some public school programs.

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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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