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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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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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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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School budgets pass overwhelmingly

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New York voters went to the polls Tuesday to vote on their local school budgets and the results are right in line with the passage rate since the enacting of the tax cap five years ago.

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More schools seek to break tax cap in budget votes

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School budget votes and school board elections are held across the state Tuesday, and the state school boards association says more schools are seeking to convince voters to override the state’s tax cap.

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Teachers' union takes credit for beating back Cuomo proposals

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Even before the final details of the education changes in the budget are revealed, teachers’ unions are already claiming partial victory in their war of words with Governor Cuomo.

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New Regents Chancellor expresses doubt in worth of current standardized tests

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The newly elected Chancellor to the Board of Regents, Betty Rosa, expressed grave doubts about the state’s use of standardized tests in the schools, saying if she were not on the Board of Regents, she would join the opt out movement and not permit her children to take the tests.

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Regents could set new course, with 3 new members

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Three new Regents elected by the legislature this week are expected to help lead an on-going reversal in education policy in New York, to less emphasis on controversial standardized tests.

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Now streaming: Education and ethics

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This week on New York NOW we focus our time on two topics that have garnered a lot of attention in the last year: education and ethics.

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African-American guide book goes digital

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Throughout the first half of the 20th century, African-Americans began moving out of the south to cities in northern states like New York in search of a better life, a period known as the Great Migration.

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