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

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President Trump’s executive order limiting bathroom choice and other rights of transgender students will not affect New York State, says the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say Trump’s action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

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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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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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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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Revisiting the Attica uprising

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It was 45 years ago this month that the state and nation's attention was captured by the prison uprising in the small Western New York town of Attica.

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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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