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Teachers Union serenades Senate to push for bill

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The state’s largest teachers union brought bagpipe players and a brass band to the Capitol to push for a bill to decouple teacher evaluations from the results of standardized tests.

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Legislature takes step toward decoupling student test scores from teacher evals

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Teachers wouldn’t be evaluated based on their students’ standardized test scores any longer under a measure approved by the New York State Assembly.

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Cuomo school aid hike doesn't please everyone

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Governor Cuomo is proposing an increase in school aid of over three-quarters of a billion dollars or around 3% from last year, but some say that’s not enough to meet school districts’ rising costs.

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This week on NYN: New NYSUT president

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Watch the interview this weekend.

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Carl Paladino removed from school board

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Former gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino has been removed from the Buffalo school boards, by the state education commissioner.

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Paladino hearing could conclude Tuesday

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The state education department hearing on whether Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board for leaking private information in the board's executive sessions could conclude as early as Tuesday.

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SUNY Chancellor: Trump budget would be "devastating"

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The outgoing Chancellor of the State University system, says President Trump’s budget if it were to be enacted, would seriously hamper the chances for many of New York’s young people to attend college.

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Schools expected to stay within tax cap in May 16th vote

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School districts across the state are holding votes on their budgets next Tuesday, May 16th.

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Education Commissioner issues progress reports on new standards as boycott of exams continues

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New York state’s education commissioner said Tuesday that new state-specific learning standards will offer several improvements over the controversial Common Core standards.

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Top Cuomo aid defends free tuition program requirements

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Governor Cuomo’s budget director is among those defending the state’s new free public college tuition program for some middle-class students, after a week of criticism from the left and the right of the political spectrum.

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New York's free tuition for some students gets blow back

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A residency requirement for college students seeking free tuition at New York’s public colleges is drawing criticism. Governor Cuomo defends the late addition to the plan, approved as part of the state budget earlier this month.

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Transgendered students in New York State still have rights, officials say

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The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

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Regents call for $2 billion in additional school aid

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A committee of the state Board of Regents recommends spending $2.1 billion more dollars on schools in the new state budget, saying it’s time to continue an effort begun a decade ago to funnel more money to the state’s poorest school districts.

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Immigrants push for New York DREAM Act

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The NY DREAM Act - legislation aimed at helping young immigrants pay for higher education.

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Bloomberg and Nolan clash on education

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Queens Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan got into a fairly heated exchange today at the joint budget hearing in Albany.

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