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Andrew Cuomo: Report Card Shark

by Travis Durfee February 5, 2015


  It was a cautionary tale, and I learned it in school. Technically, I learned the lesson in NYC at the South Street Seaport, but it was a field trip with my high school Spanish Club that ...

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“Smart” Kids and Hard Tests

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 6, 2013


  A couple of weeks ago now, I attended the forum on the Common Core standards in Albany with Commissioner King. The parents and teachers and board members and principals who spoke were as a rule eloquent. ...

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Let Teachers Teach

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 24, 2013


  This afternoon (Oct. 24), from 4 to 7 PM, there will be a forum with New York State Education Commissioner Steve King at Albany’s Harriet and Stephen Myers Middle School on the implementation of the ...

Opting Out Together

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 24, 2013

  This week and last week New York state students in grades 3–8 underwent hours and hours of new standardized testing as part of the state’s implementation of the new “Common Core” learning standards. The tests marked ...