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Fresh Lunches

by Ali Hibbs October 1, 2015

  Hundreds of thousands of dollars have just become available for school districts across the state to use to provide local, fresh and healthy food to their students. On Monday (Sept. 28), Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced ...


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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No Fair

by Ali Hibbs January 15, 2015

  “Inequality in our public schools is the burning education issue of the day,” says Billy Easton, the executive director for the Alliance for Quality Education. “Raising the cap on privately run charter schools will do ...

Ones and Zeroes

by Ali Hibbs August 21, 2014


  One hundred years ago, people were faced with the choice of learning to read or remaining illiterate laborers who would be left behind as have-nots in a rapidly modernizing world. In the coming century, being ...


Readin’, Ritin’, Radiation

by Michael Bielawski May 22, 2014


  Last Dec. 10, the Troy City School District Board of Education approved an $8.4 million technology initiative that includes installing wireless Internet in 250 classrooms. The move echoed a $10 million initiative at Shenendehowa School ...


Summer Education Guide 2014

by The Staff May 1, 2014


  Colleges and Universities Bard College at Simon’s Rock 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 644-4400, simons-rock.edu Young Writers’ Workshop, a three-week, writing-intensive workshop for high school students, utilizing “informal, playful, expressive writing as a way to strengthen ...

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

by Natasha Scully April 3, 2014


  After days of protests outside the New York State Capitol and behind-closed-doors negotiations inside, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders concluded a $138 billion budget deal. Outlined in the budget is a $1.1 billion—or 5.3 percent—increase ...

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Public Education Is Under Attack

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 12, 2014

  Yesterday, public school advocates rallied at the New York state capitol to call for full state funding of public education. Participants held “R.I.P.” tombstone signs of the programs, classes, staff and resources that their schools ...


The Three-Legged Stool of Economic Development

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 31, 2013


  Urbanist gadfly Richard Florida recently attempted to tip the sacred cow of "eds and meds" (universities and hospitals) economic development by arguing that cities with a high percentage of employment in those sectors tended to ...

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Five Things Engage NY Didn’t Intend to Teach My Kid

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 5, 2013


  It’s always good to look on the bright side of things, right? (Or at least frequently good. Relentlessly doing so veers toward denial.) Nonetheless, when you have a kid in school in this age of absurd ...

“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 ...

Who Gets to Play?

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 10, 2013


  My 2nd grader wants to do everything (Soccer! Gymnastics! 4H! Garden club! Karate! Running club! Contradance!). The only reason an instrument isn’t on her list is because she wants to learn flute and she’s too ...

Old School

by E.S. Cormac August 15, 2013


A hand-cranked bellows feeds the burning coals oxygen as the fire grows so hot the flames flicker blue. A bar of high carbon steel glows a bright orange under the intense heat. Tongs pick ...

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The Year in Pictures: Community

by The Staff December 30, 2011


In February, Hudson’s community-run station, WGXC: Hands-On-Radio began broadcasting on a full-power FM signal at 90.7 . The Albany Parks and Rec boxing program—the only municipal program of its kind in the country—received national recognition for teaching ...