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Cuomo outlines infrastructure plans, says he'll take on state's 'education industry'

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Governor Cuomo continued the roll out of his 2015 agenda Tuesday with details of an infrastructure plan that includes upgrading New York City region airports to providing broadband for upstate rural areas.

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Cuomo makes case for education bond act, skeptics remain

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The November 4 ballot includes an amendment to borrow $2 billion dollars to buy new technology for school children, like iPads and other tablets.

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Pre-K expansion to be low in September

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Fewer than 20% of school districts outside of New York City have expressed interest in expanding their pre-kindergarten programs.

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State lawmakers say delay of Common Core effects likely in state budget

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State lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.

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Assembly passes Common Core moratorium

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The New York State Assembly passed a bill to delay some of the effects of the state’s Common Core learning standards.

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Poll finds New Yorkers divided on Common Core

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A new poll finds New Yorkers remain confused about the worth of the new Common Core learning standards, which schools in the state are in the process of adopting.

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Pre-K funding fight fuels upstate-downstate divide

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Governor Cuomo seems to have gained the upper hand and some new allies in his policy skirmish with New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio over how to fund pre-kindergarten, as the fight threatens to turn into an upstate downstate split.

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Regents take step back on Common Core

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The State Board of Regents is poised to delay some requirements of the federal Common Core standards.

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Education budget hearing turns into complaint session against Common Core

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The State’s Education Commissioner testified at a legislative budget hearing, where he once again heard complaints from concerned lawmakers on the fast track adoption of the new national Common Core standards.

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Lawmakers differ over Common Core fix

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There’s continued dissatisfaction over the state’s implementation of the new Common Core standards, which parents, students and teachers have complained has led to too much testing.

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Education Commissioner King faces bi-partisan grilling by Assemblymembers

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The state’s Education Commissioner, John King, faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assemblymembers at a hearing on growing concerns over student privacy.

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The Reporters Roundtable on Common Core controversy

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Our Reporters Roundtable discusses the recent controversy that erupted when Commissioner John King of the State Education Department canceled a series of town hall meetings after a boisterous one ensued at Spackenkill High School in the Hudson Valley.

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Cuomo takes hard line on teacher evaluations deadline

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Just two thirds of school districts in New York State have completed new teacher evaluation plans, one month before a deadline imposed by Governor Cuomo.

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NYSSBA Executive Director discusses teacher evaluation bill

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It was a struggle but last week the legislature and Governor Cuomo came to an agreement on a teacher evaluation bill.

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Teachers, school boards see disturbing trends in school vote outcome

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Governor Cuomo is pleased with the outcome of Tuesday’s state wide school budget vote, but teachers and school board leaders see some disturbing trends.

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